Reiver's Way

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Statistics and Files
Start: Corbridge
Grid Ref: NY988644
Distance: 140 miles (225 km)
Climbing: 5,188 metres
Walk time: 60-70 hours
Days: 10-14

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Reiver's Way is a route which wanders across Northumberland in the footsteps of the notorious Border Reivers who terrorised the communities in and around the Anglo-Scottish Border country between the 13th and 16th centuries. They were thieves, vagabonds and stock rustlers who raided indiscrinantly and who kept the local law forces very busy. The walk begins in Corbridge in the Tyne Valley and soon passes some of the best stretches of Hadrian's Wall before heading northwest and over the Cheviot Hills before finishing with a walk along the Northumberland Coast Path to the finish of the walk in Alnmouth. Some places passed along the way are Dipton Wood, Slaley Forest, Lilswood Moor, Hexhamshire Common, Allendale Town, Allen Banks, Bardon Mill, Vindolanda Roman Fort, Houseteads (Vercovicium Roman Fort), Halleypike Lough, Haughton Common, Broadpool Common, Wark, Birtley, Tone Hall, Raylees Common, Elsdon, Harwood Forest, Tosson Hill, Simonside Hills, Rothbury, Thropton, Coquet Dale, Hepple, Holystone, Harbottle, Wholehope Knowe, Kidland Forest, Yarnspath Law, Score Head, Cairn Hill, The Cheviot, Scald Hill, Broadhope Hill, Watch Hill, Wooler, St Cuthbert's Cave, Belford, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Embleton Bay, Dunstanbvurgh Castle, Craster, Boulmer and Alnmouth. (Note: Other sources state the distance of the Reiver's Way as 150 miles but my plot, following the route indicated in the official book measure it at 140 miles)

Useful Links:
Reivers Way Guide Book
Contours Self Guided Walk
Wandering Aengus Self Guided Walk
Long Distance Walkers Association

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