NEW walks have been unveiled to give people the chance to explore the countryside around Alnwick.
The access project, by Northumberland Estates, centres on four areas around the town – Greensfield to the south, a route leading from The Alnwick Garden car park, heading down to the River Aln and along, three routes around Hulne Park, and one which starts at Cawledge and continues out towards Lesbury, Alnmouth and the coast.
The walks vary in length, from two miles up to six-and-a-half miles and most offer a circular option.
Launching the project, the Duke of Northumberland said: “Parts of these walks will already be familiar to many Alnwick residents.
“Our aim has been to extend and enhance some of the local favourites by joining existing footpaths with new sections of pathways through permissive access to create circular routes of varying lengths, all clearly marked and easily accessible.
“Here in Alnwick, we are very lucky to be surrounded by some beautiful and historic countryside and parkland which I hope these routes will make it easier for people to get out and enjoy.”
The project has seen paths cleared, gates and stiles put in and waymarker badges put on display to aid navigation.
The Estate has created information boards to be positioned at various places of historic interest to provide visitors with some facts and background information about local landmarks including Brizlee Tower, Hulne Abbey and Hulne Park.
The trails will also give walkers the chance to enjoy rare sightings of species such as red squirrels, grey partridge and many other species of wildlife, while map boards have been erected at the key starting points for each of the routes to help keep people on the right track.
All of the Estate-owned land included in the routes is under permissive access, as are the existing Hulne Park routes, meaning that their use is at the discretion of the Estate and should they need to be closed for conservation or other reasons, details will be posted on the Northumberland Estates’ website.
Users are asked to respect wildlife by keeping themselves and their dogs strictly to the designated routes, shut gates behind them, keep dogs under control and take their litter home with them.
Dogs are not allowed in Hulne Park at any time.
Copies of maps can be downloaded from www.northumberlandestates.co.uk