April’s walk of the month: Thrunton Wood circular
Now the clocks have sprung forward, we’ve got an extra hour to enjoy the great outdoors.
Distance: 10.3km (6.4 miles)
Time: 3–4 hours
The trailhead for the Thrunton Wood circular can be found at the Thrunton Wood car park, 3.1 miles south-east of Whittingham.
We’re spotting the first new leaves on the trees, daffodils are bursting out along pavements here, there and everywhere and now the clocks have gone forward – yep, spring has very much sprung in our eyes (whatever the weather says).
And we intend to use that extra hour of British Summer Time goodness in the best way possible – by spending it out and about in the great outdoors.
But we don’t quite want a walking route so difficult we’ll end up spending the second of our two days off work recovering from the antics of the first, (we try to keep that kind of behaviour to a minimum these days). And we don’t really want to run the risk of getting absolutely drenched in those infamous April showers by going on too long a ramble, either. Which is why the Thrunton Wood circular walk is spot on for this time of year.
This laidback, intermediate-length trail in Northumberland will lead you through a charming stretch of woodland terrain guaranteed to help you reconnect with nature. Stroll along tree-lined pathways while taking in the peaceful atmosphere and see if you can spot any of the plentiful wildlife in this neck of the woods.
While the Thrunton Wood circular isn’t an overly challenging adventure, it does feature some forest terrain that can be rocky and uneven at times. So, be sure to wear proper walking footwear, particularly if you’re taking on the route after one of those pesky showers we mentioned.
This walk is cracking for those who aren’t too concerned with breath-taking views and care more about staying in tune with the outdoors.
Where to park: Thrunton Wood car park – it’s free all day and is where the trail starts. (Sat Nav Postcode: NE66 4SD)
Where to begin: Your adventure starts from your very first step out of the car park. Head west and enjoy the journey!
Where to walk: Head west into the dense cover of the forest and follow the trail to the north for 0.7km to arrive at a junction.
Pass straight through the junction and gently descend the hillside, keeping left in order to work your way around the forested slope of the hill.
After 2.7km along this route, the path will bend to the south-east and climb back uphill, bringing you out of the forest for some lovely views of the surrounding Northumberland landscape.
Continuing south-east, enter back into the tree cover and follow the path south, where you’ll meet up with a winding stream that flows downhill to meet Cow Burn.
Here, follow the path as it turns to the east and runs parallel to the banks of the burn, winding through the atmospheric forest to the sound of flowing water.
After 1.1km of walking along the water’s edge, the trail will bend to the north to continue to the forest.
Keeping right for the next 1.2km, be sure to take your time and appreciate the natural beauty of the forest, as you will soon arrive back at the edge of the road for the final leg of the walk.
Turning left along the road, follow it north past the Thrunton Woods Tea Room, continuing on for 0.9km to arrive back at the car park.
HLN Top Tip: Head to the Thrunton Woods Tea Room for a positively perfect post-walk pick-me-up.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To find out more about this walk, or if you’re looking to be inspired with more Northumberland rambles, check out 10 Adventures’ website.