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March’s walk of the month: Horncliffe to Norham circular

As a new season is springing into life all around us, it’s time to stop and smell the budding flowers.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 04.03.2023

Distance: 9.5km (5.9 miles)  

Elevation: 248 metres

Time: 2.5 – 3.5 hours



The trailhead for the Horncliffe to Norham circular can be found on Main Street in Horncliffe, across from the Fishers Arms.


Spring has sprung, (well it will do any day now), and the time has finally come to put that long winter behind us and stop to smell the budding flowers.

And in our opinion, the Horncliffe to Norham circular is one of the best places to do just that.

A fantastic walking route that takes us along the scenic banks of the River Tweed up to Norham Castle, we can enjoy scenic views across the water into Scotland before saying goodbye to all our daily stress as we return through wide, open farmland.


An important fortress during the age-old conflict between the English and the Scots, the 12th century Norham Castle has many a tale to tell and is a unique point of interest for any history enthusiasts or kids of all ages with active imaginations.

HLN Hint: Remember to take your camera or have your phone at the ready – the scenic riverside views you can enjoy along this trail really are mesmerising at points.


Setting out from the trailhead in the heart of Horncliffe, follow along the banks of the River Tweed to the southwest, enjoying the views across the waterway that forms part of the border between England and Scotland.

Here, traverse a mixture of woodland and open fields that offer a relaxing setting to walk through.

Eventually, you will arrive at the site of Norham Castle, which dates back to the 12th Century and was critical in the defence of Northern England from Scottish invaders.

After exploring the area surrounding the castle, make your way east along the road for a short distance, before cutting across the open farmland to the northeast to return to Horncliffe.

Make your way back through the village towards the trailhead, where you can stop off at the Fishers Arms for a quick post-walk pint before heading home.


For more information about the Northumberlandia walk, or for more walking inspo across Northumberland, visit the 10 Adventures’ website

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