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Hexham Circular Day Hiking Northumberland England UK

Hexham Circular Day Hiking Northumberland

Hexham Circular Day Hiking Northumberland was about 8.5 miles in distance and part of a Northumberland hiking holiday.

Hike along this charming riverside path from Hexham to the meeting point where the North and South Tyne rivers merge into one river, that of the River Tyne.

The lovely route then continues beside the South Tyne to the hamlet of West Boat.

Here you leave the river to gently ascend over wide pastures and past woodlands.

You return from the village of Fourstones, back beside the pleasant rivers which lead back to Hexham.

Hexham – Day Hiking Northumberland Video

Hexham – Day Hiking Northumberland

This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Hexham – Day Hiking Northumberland trip.

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Hexham – Day Hiking Northumberland Route

Hexham Northumberland Circular Day Hiking was a lovely easy to moderate hike with some good riverside paths, some gentle ascents along undemanding tracks and a short boggy section requiring the use of hiking boots. This circular route was actually more like the shape of a kite heading out from Hexham in a north westerly direction to Fourstones.

The first section was a winding path leading out from Hexham along the River Tyne. The initial part of the path is underneath a lovely line of trees next to the river. After going under the A69 road bridge the route continued along an embankment past the place where the North Tyne and south Tyne rivers meet. The path then headed west a short way along the river South Tyne to West Boat.

The second section then went in an anti-clockwise circular route through Fourstones and back to West Boat. The route went across Warden Bridge and behind the Boathouse Inn into the woods and pastures on the hills to the north west of West Boat. After passing through Fourstones, the path headed back to the Boathouse Inn beside the northern bank of the South Tyne river, past a paper mill along a short section of road.

The route was then completed by retracing the steps of the first section back across Warden Bridge and along the rivers back to Hexham.

Hexham – Day Hiking Northumberland Local Info


Hexham is a Northumberland market town located just south of the River Tyne. It is almost half way between the major city of Newcastle on Tyne and Carlisle. Newcastle lies some 25 miles to the east, and Carlisle lies in the west. Hexham is also near Hadrians Wall to the north, which connects the two cities.

Hexham centre is dominated by the dramatic setting of Hexham Abbey, originally a monastery established in 674 AD by St. Wilfrid. The surviving original crypt includes many stones removed from close by Roman ruins, and some may be from Hadrians Wall. The present day Abbey, in the main, dates back from the 11th century and was considerably reconstructed during the 19th century.

Some more buildings to look out for are the Moot Hall, the undercover market, and the Old Gaol. The Gaol was constructed between the years 1330 to 1333, and was amongst the earliest in England especially built for the purpose of containing prisoners. These days it is a Grade I listed building.

River Tyne

The South and North Tyne rivers converge at Warden Rock just north west of Hexham to form the River Tyne. The merging place of the two rivers is also called “The Meeting of the Waters”. Rising in the Scottish border area the North Tyne River flows via the forest of Kielder and then through Bellingham village prior to arriving at Hexham. Rising in Cumbria the South Tyne River flows via Haltwhistle and also Haydon Bridge in the Tyne Gap valley before reaching Hexham. The Tyne winds its way eastwards to Newcastle and on to South Shields on the east coast into the North Sea


The village of Fourstones is approximately 4 miles to the north west of Hexham and positioned on the northern bank of the South Tyne River. In 1908 Lord Baden-Powell, held the first official camp at Fourstones, at Carr Edge Farm, for the Boy Scouts organization. The village name, documented in the 13th century, is thought to refer to four boundary stones believed to have once been Roman Altars.

West Boat

The hamlet of West Boat is about 2 miles north west of Hexham on the South Tyne River near Warden Bridge and the Boatside Inn.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Northumberland hiking holiday during April 2011. We drove from our cottage accommodation in Bellingham to the starting location of Wentworth pay and display car park just south of Hexham Bridge next to the supermarket.

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