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    Tarset Bastle Trail

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    3-4h
    Distance
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    12.2 km
    Elevation
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    235 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Tarset Bastle Trail is a great outdoor adventure in Northumberland that will take you across the countryside to view several fortifications. While out walking the trail, you will enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding farmland as you make your way past several Bastle Houses, fortified farms that were used to defend Northern England from raiding Scots. This is a fantastic walking route for those interested in visiting unique historical sites.

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    Route Description for Tarset Bastle Trail

    Although this walking route largely follows along quiet country roads, the Tarset Bastle Trail is still an exceptional journey across Northumberland that will reveal some beautiful scenery and fascinating historical sites.

    Setting out from the trailhead in the village of Greenhaugh, you will make your way to the northwest along the road, enjoying the beautiful views of the surrounding farmland and rolling hills. Eventually, you will pass by the Black Middens Bastle House, one of a series of fortified farms that were utilized in the defence of Northern England.

    Continuing to the northwest, you will pass by two similar fortifications at Shilla Hill and Bog Head, before looping around to the southeast. Here, you will traverse a variety of terrain along the banks of Tarset Burn, including open fields and dense forests, before arriving back in the village of Greenhaugh where you began.

    Getting to the Tarset Bastle Trail Trailhead

    The starting point for the Tarset Bastle Trail can be found in the village of Greenhaugh, next to the Holly Bush Inn.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      March-October

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Moderate

    • Route Type

      Lollipop

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