Walks From Alnham

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Walks from Alnham

Alnham is a popular starting point for many circular walks, enabling you to explore the beauty and hidden history of Northumberland. Parking is free on the verge outside the church.

Information about local walks can be found online, and on the Cheviot Hills OS Explorer OL16 map.

Here are just a few ideas for inspiration…

A Lost Medieval Village and an Iron Age Hill Fort

From the church, a 20-minute hike along a quiet lane will take you from the hidden ruins of a lost medieval village, to the intriguing site of an Iron Age hill fort. Your efforts will be further rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the Cheviots and the Aln Valley!

Walking in the National Park

You don’t need to walk far from the church to get into the heart of the Northumberland National Park. The Park’s rangers often lead guided walks that set out from St Michael’s. These are listed in the What’s On section of the National Park’s website.

The website also has information and a map for The Shepherds’ Cairn circular walk. This moderate walk (4.5 or 6 miles, depending on your chosen route) takes you along part of the historic Salters Road, to a poignant memorial cairn for two shepherds who lost their lives on the hills in the winter of 1962, just half a mile from home. Their deaths led to the foundation of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

Poems in the Air

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The Shepherds’ Cairn also features in one of six innovative, app-based walks, created by Northumberland National Park. Download the app Poems in the Air to your phone to get maps and information, and every time you reach a place of interest on each walk, a poem will be unlocked.

Poet Simon Armitage reads his own work, helping to bring the history and breathtaking landscape of Northumberland to life.

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