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Cochrane Pike walk, Northumberland National Park

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Walk details
This short circular walk up Cochrane Pike is a great place to spot the impressive birdlife of Northumberland National Park.

On the edge of the wild and remote-feeling Cheviot Hills, this 4.1-mile route is the perfect choice if you have a morning or afternoon to spare. Easy to access from Alnwick and the nearby A697 road, there are parking and toilet facilities at the start of the route.

The main features of the walk are the Bronze Age burials at Turf Knowe, but the birdlife can’t be missed as you’ll often hear curlews, oystercatchers and skylarks, with kestrels and red kites soaring above you as you walk.

The landscape is rolling and the views are spectacular, and if you’re lucky you’ll have the whole place to yourself.

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TOG VERDICT: Northumberland is a hillwalking paradise, with endless miles of hills and remote countryside to explore, and incredible wildlife to discover.


Carpark: Ingram Bridge Car Park, Ingram, Alnwick, NE66 4LT

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Alnmouth, Berwich-Upon-Tweed

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".