Get lost in Thrunton Woods, the enchanted woodland that holds winding pathways perfect for walks, mountain biking and horse riding. Spectacular viewpoints overlook Northumberland’s wild scenery and lichen-clad trees showcase their ever-changing colours throughout the year.
Planted around the jutting sandstone escarpments of Thrunton Crag to the north and Long Crag and Coe Crag to the south, trails weave and cut through the forests, breaking out into open moorland with striking views across the Whittingham Vale and the Cheviot Hills.
Head to the prehistoric fort, Castle Hill, before visiting the hand-hewn cave and one-time solitary retreat of Macartney, a 19th century monk from nearby Callaly. Mischievous hobgoblins are fabled to dwell here and play tricks on passers by, and you can walk stony gully of Hob’s Nick, named after impish hobgoblins.
The woods are filled with wildlife and deer are often spotted peeking from behind tree trunks, as well as red squirrels and an array of birdlife.
Visit the Forestry England
website for more details on Thrunton Woods walks.