Lambley Viaduct and Featherstone Castle

MODERATE 5 reviews

Lambley Viaduct and Featherstone Castle is a 7.2 kilometer loop trail located near Featherstone, Northumberland, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 7.2 km Elevation Gain: 228 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

running

river

views

wildlife

historic site

A circular walk near to the village of Featherstone in Northumberland (close to the borders with County Durham and Cumbria) and on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The walking route begins by following the South Tyne Trail, a former railway that now provides a wonderfully scenic walking route, to reach the impressive Lambley Viaduct. The viaduct leads you high over the River South Tyne with outstanding views before you descend to the riverside for views of the viaduct itself. The return leg follows the riverbanks with plenty of wildlife to enjoy, and passing an old Prisoner of War camp and the beautiful Featherstone Castle. The walk is relatively flat for the old rail path and riverside sections, but there is a steep stepped section to descend from the viaduct and a steep climb from the riverside back to the starting point. For the outward leg you will be following the South Tyne Trail which is a well-made stone path, is enclosed away from pastures and has only simple gates as obstacles. Beyond the viaduct, you will need to negotiate several flights of steps, some uneven woodland and riverside paths, three stiles (which dogs would need a lift over) and you will be sharing the riverside pastures with both sheep and cattle. If you prefer to avoid the livestock and stiles, you can follow an easy-access walk along the South Tyne Trail to reach the viaduct (or to the footbridge beneath this if you can manage the steep steps), which would make a lovely walk in itself. One final note is that the viaduct carries you over the river at a height of 32 metres- the trail is wide and has waist-high walls/railings each side, but vertigo-sufferers may find this quite challenging. Allow 2.5 hours.

Sun Jan 20 2019

Even though it was only 2degrees yesterday we thoroughly enjoyed this walk. the views are beautiful and it wasn't too hard a walk. it would be a lovely place to go back in the summer and have a picnic beside the river.

Thu Aug 02 2018

Nice stroll with naughty Stanley the beagle. Some breathtaking views and still a lot of areas for the dog to roam off lead. Found the old prisoner of war camp very interesting.