Holystone Circular Walk

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Easy
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1.5-2.5h
Distance
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6.4 km
Elevation
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179 m
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The Holystone Circular Walk is a quick and easy outdoor excursion in Northumberland that will take you to an interesting religious site and some nearby woodlands. While out walking the trail, you will leave the village of Holystone behind to visit the Lady’s Well, before looping around through a beautifully scenic forest on the return leg. Walkers should take note that the forests in this area are sometimes subject to seasonal closure as a result of tree felling.

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Route Description for Holystone Circular Walk

While the Holystone Circular Walk largely follows established pathways and quiet country roads, you will still want to wear proper walking shoes with good support. Additionally, parking in the village can be hard to come by, so try to arrive early so find a spot. Lastly, the woodland portions of the trail can close seasonally for tree felling operations, so keep an eye out for any posted signs.

For those who want a relatively quick and easy walk through the woods with a few interesting highlights sprinkled in between, the Holystone Circular Walk will be a great option. In addition to the tranquil forests and charming village, you can stop by the Lady’s Well, a quaint pond that is supposedly linked with Saint Ninian. This is a perfect trail to simply get outside and enjoy nature without too much fuss.

Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the north and leave the village of Holystone behind, eventually arriving at a gated path in 0.2 km that will take you to the Lady’s Well. It is said that the Anglo-Saxon St Ninian used to baptise early christians in these waters; however, the large stone cross in the pond was added later on during the Victorian Era.

Continuing on to the west, the trail will begin climbing uphill, and you will quickly enter into the cover of the forest. This section of the route can sometimes be closed due to forestry operations, so please take extra care and obey any posted signs in the area.

Arriving at a junction, turn right and follow the path to the northwest for 1.1 km before breaking off to the west along the edge of a clearing. After 0.7 km, you will turn left onto a dirt track and follow it south through the forest for 1.4 km.

Turning left here, you will follow the track southeast until it meets up with a paved road. Head left and follow Burma Road to the northeast for 1.7 km, where you will eventually arrive back at the starting point of your adventure having completed the Holystone Circular Walk.

Trail Highlights

Lady’s Well

Surrounded by a grove of trees just outside of the charming village of Holystone, the Lady’s Well is an atmospheric pool of water that is rumoured to have connections to St Ninian. It is said that the Anglo-Saxon Saint used the pool and its holy water to baptise many early christians.

Insider Hints for Holystone Circular Walk

  • Wear proper walking boots to better traverse the woodland terrain.
  • Some portions of the walk follow roads, so be sure to exercise caution in these areas.
  • The forest sections of this route are sometimes subject to closure, as seasonal tree felling operations take place.

Getting to the Holystone Circular Walk Trailhead

The trailhead for the Holystone Circular Walk can be found next to the Holystone Village Post Office

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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