January’s walk of the month: Otterburn Ranges to Buchtrig
It’s an ambitious one – but this adventure through unspoiled wilderness, past Iron Age hillforts and across borders will start your 2024 the way you mean to go on.
Distance: 9.7 miles
Elevation: 1,821 feet
Time: 4.5 – 6 hours
The trailhead for the Otterburn Ranges to Buchtrig walk can be found at the Chew Green car park on Roman Road, just 6 miles northeast of the Border Forest Holiday Park.
A new year has begun. Armed with renewed optimism, a little post-Christmas guilt and handfuls of resolutions, we make our way into the next 12 months with a determination that they’ll be better than the 12 we’ve just had.
And it’s up to us to make it happen. While we can’t control the many ups and downs of life, we can keep bringing you belting adventures across Northumberland every month to inspire you to get and about and explore the many wonders lying just on our doorstep.
And who knows? Regular fresh air, exercise and new horizons might just propel you to meet every challenge you’ve set for yourself this year with more energy.
So, without further ado, we introduce to you January 2024’s walk of the month: the Otterburn Ranges to Buchtrig trail.
Spoiler alert: it’s an ambitious one.
But this is a new year, guys – we can do anything in 2024. So, we thought we’d challenge you with this exceptional adventure that traverses through the undulating landscape of the Otterburn Ranges, promising incredible views of the hills and ancient sites that populate the surrounding countryside, before you cross over the Scotland/England border and discover an Iron Age hillfort.
A real unspoiled stretch of wilderness in Northumberland, the rugged terrain and beautifully scenic views you’ll soak up on this walk are second to none, while the sense of serenity you’ll enjoy will have you feeling totally at peace after what we’re sure has been a busy festive period.
HLN Hint: This route is off the beaten path at times, so it would be wise to bring a GPS, trail map and compass, just in case you lose your way. And proper hiking boots are a must at this time of year.
Setting out from the car park, head to the southwest along the road for 100 feet, crossing over Chew Sike to pick up the track branching off to the right. Here, you will pass through a gate and continue for 0.2 miles to arrive at a junction, at which point you will take the path on the right to climb uphill.
As you climb over the hill, you will pass by the historical site of Chew Green, a large complex of earthenwork structures that was once made up a Roman military encampment in the region. Shortly after passing by the fort, you will once again cross over the banks of Chew Sike and follow the path as it leads to the northeast.
Take some time to appreciate the rugged beauty of the surrounding hills, as you work your way to the north over the next 1.4 miles to arrive at a junction. Here, you will take the path on the left known as Dere Street and cross over the England/Scotland border, following it towards the Iron Age hillfort atop Woden Law.
After passing by the ancient earthenwork fortification, continue on to the north along the slopes of Langside Law, where you will eventually come to the endpoint of the route at Buchtrig.
Pause here for a quick rest, before turning back along the same route to relive the beautiful scenery, crossing over the border once more to arrive back at the car park having completed the Otterburn Ranges to Buchtrig Walk.
For more information about the Otterburn Ranges to Buchtrig walk, or for more walking inspo across Northumberland, visit the 10 Adventures’ website.