Around and About
view of the Simonside Hills from the Carriage Drive

Rothbury is a small market town in central Northumberland, known as the Capital of Coquetdale. The town is built of the same sandstone as the rolling hills that surround it. There are many walking trails and cycling routes to explore with Rothbury as your base.


Thrum Mill is a short walk along the river valley to the old water mill built on the edge of a dramatic gorge. The walk can be extended into the Cragside Estate (for National Trust members).

The Carriage Drive is a five mile round walk, high on the ridge above Rothbury, with panoramic views of the surrounding hills: Simonside to the south and Cheviot to the north-west.

The Simonside Hills are an eight mile round trip from the doorstep of Hillcrest House.

Lordenshaw is one of theĀ  ancient hill forts in the area with fine examples of cup and ring carvings.

St Oswald’s Way passes through Rothbury, one of the staging points on its way from Holy Island to Heavenfield.

The Upper Coquet Valley is accessible by car and provides a variety of walks ranging from gentle strolls to challenging hill walking including access to the Cheviot Hills and The Pennine Way.

The Cheviot Hills are the highest in Northumberland. They can be reached via the College Valley (car permit needed) or the Harthope Valley.


There are many quiet country lanes in Northumberland. Some follow meandering river valleys and others lead to wild open moorland. Regional Route 11 leads directly from Rothbury’s riverside path to National Route 68 (the Pennine Cycleway) and to National Route 10 (theĀ  Reivers Cycle Route) both of which run through the Northumberland National Park. The new Sandstone Way, a mountain bike route between Berwick and Hexham, passes through Rothbury.

Shorter routes include the Rothbury and Coquetdale Cycle Trails starting from Rothbury, and the cycle routes at Kielder. Bicycles can be hired locally from Tomlinson's on Bridge Street.