Stride out at walking event

Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival.
Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival.

A major annual walking festival which showcases some of the county’s most stunning scenery takes place later this month.

This year’s Rothbury and Coquetdale Midsummer Walking Festival runs from Saturday, June 20, to Saturday, June 27.

Organised by Rothbury-based Shepherds Walks, the event features a range of guided hikes.

Jon Monks, from Shepherds Walks, said: “The Rothbury and Coquetdale Midsummer Walking Festival is the premier walking festival in Northumberland and there is something for everybody.

“All the walks are taking place in the best walking landscape that Northumberland has to offer, Rothbury and Coquetdale, and this year a little further afield.”

The festival kicks off on the Saturday at 10.30am with a walk taking in the impressive Windy Gyle, which will offer some stunning views into Scotland and across the Cheviot Hills.

On Sunday, June 21, there will be a Nordic Walk into the foothills of the Cheviot Hills and a trek exploring the drover roads of Coquetdale.

The 10-mile Fontburn to Rothbury walk, which will take in Fontburn Reservoir and the Simonside Hills, is scheduled for Monday, June 22, followed by a Netherton to Alwinton trek on Tuesday, June 23.

A walk to the stunning Darden Lough will be held on Wednesday, June 25, while an eight mile Edlingham to Alnwick hike, which will offer fine views of the Cheviot Hills, will be staged on Thursday, June 25.

The festival comes to an end on June 27, with the Cragside guided and self-guided walks.

For more information about the festival and to book a place on the walks, visit the website www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044. The walks range in price, from £8.50 to £35.