Haltwhistle, Lambley Viaduct, Castle and PoW Camp Day Walk
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Starting in Haltwhistle, this walk heads out across the South Tyne onto the South Tyne Trail which follows the former Haltwhistle to Alston railway. You can still see the platforms at some of the former stations along the route. Before too long, the trail crosses the impressive viaduct with views of the South Tyne Below.
The route turns off the trail and goes downward to cross the river again with views of the viaduct from below. The hike then continues to Cockshot Wood and shortly after that you can see the former WW2 prisoner of war camp.
Featherstone Castle then comes into view before crossing the South Tyne once again. This site belonged to the Featherstonehaugh family and played an important role in battles between England and Scotland.
It's then into the woods and across farmland before coming back into Haltwhistle where there'll be a pub stop for those who want refreshments.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: Proper walking trousers. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch.