The route takes in some of the most spectacular landscapes and unspoilt countryside that England has to offer, including the Eden valley, the dramatic North Pennines and the South Tyne Vally. It passes Hadrian's Wall and goes through the Northumberland National Park, along with over 60 tourist attractions and 85 towns and villages.
The route begins on the magnificent Northumberland Coast at the northernmost town in England - Berwick upon Tweed. Captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482, Berwick’s Elizabethan walls were built to keep out invading Scots.
The route follows the River Tweed out into the countryside and the Northumberland National Park with its dramatic hills and valleys. The route heads to Bellingham, on the banks of the North Tyne, which is known as the gateway town to Kielder Water & Forest Park. It's a great place for a pit stop with lots of cafes and B&B's. Heading on the route takes you to the picturesque town of Haltwhistle which is a great place to explore.
From here the route continues along the A686 before splitting into two braids at Renwick. One route takes you to the town of Penrith, past Langwathby. The other continues on to the historic market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland and travels past Gamblesby, Melmerby and Kirkland.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.