Two Towers and a Ring Marked Rock Day Walk
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A walk with towers, marked rocks, uphill, downhill, moorland, and great views.
This walk heads upward away from the Coquet and on to the first tower, which is actually a folly that was built to relieve unemployment of stone masons.
It's then over Whitton Burn to the cup and ring marked rock before heading on up to St Oswald's Way. We'll probably stop for lunch at Coquet Cairn before heading on to Selby's Cove.
The route then continues with views of the Simonside and then down through the woods to the second and last tower. Tosson Tower is a peel tower that was built around 600 years ago as a defence against invading Scots. It was also a refuge for villagers from the Border Reivers.
From the tower it's downward to the Coquet and along to Rothbury for post walk refreshments.
Photos were all taken by the event leader while out on recces of this route and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for their use.
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. See the kit list for further information.