Alnwick lies in the heart of some beautiful countryside, none more so than the historic Capability  Brown-devised Parkland which surrounds the Castle itself.

Northumberland Estates owns and manages much of this land, so to encourage visitors and the local  community to enjoy it, a number of circular routes have been devised on Estate owned land in the  Alnwick area. 

These vary in length, with all paths clearly marked. Parts of the routes may not be existing public  rights of way, so won’t be found on an OS map. Permissive access granted at the discretion of  Northumberland Estates has made these routes possible, and you can download our maps of the  individual routes below. 

Many of the paths cross farmland. We have a duty of care to our farmers and therefore ask that  users abide by the Countryside Code, keeping to the marked footpaths, shutting gates behind them,  keeping dogs under strict control and taking their litter home. This is also for your own safety.

  • Hulne Park

    Hulne Park

    Hulne Park, once the hunting grounds of the Percy family, is one of the most popular walking routes.  As a number of residents live inside the Park, opening times for the public is between 11am and  sunset each day, and dogs are not permitted.  At certain times Hulne Park may be closed to visitors.  We always endeavour to provide advance notice of such closures, with listings on the web site.  Alternatively check for closures by calling the Estate Office on 01665 510777

    Hulne Park closure - Covid 19 Pandemic 

    With regret we have made the difficult decision to close Hulne Park with effect from tonight Friday March 27th.   

    In spite of government  appeals and advisory notices large numbers of people are continuing to turn up in cars and park at the entrance which makes social distancing difficult if not impossible. Members of staff have had a difficult time trying to control the situation. A large number of people continue to work from Hulne Park including farm, forestry and sawmill staff. These are all key roles, particularly as we approach lambing time, and the safety of our staff has to be our priority. Access remains available in the Pastures and other PERMISSIVE routes around the outskirts of the town. 


    Hulne Park will also be closed to visitors on Thursday 25 June 2020. 

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • Lesbury Trail

    Lesbury Trail

    Much of this route follows the old Aln Valley railway line making it great for cyclists as well as walkers, with the red route joining Alnwick to the Sustrans cycleway.

    For those on foot, the Lesbury route follows a different section of the River Aln through more open countryside and farmland and provides access to the picturesque village of Lesbury with its pub and village shop should a refreshment stop be required.

    Due to substantial engineering works by the Aln Valley Railway a section of this route is temporarily closed. This applies to the section where Green Lane meets the old railway cutting, heading west to the A1 boundary fence.  It is anticipated that the works, which commenced in January 2015, will take several months to complete. For more information please contact the Aln Valley Railway.

  • Waterside Trail

    Waterside Trail

    Two routes of slightly differing lengths which can be joined from The Alnwick Garden car park. Both follow the River Aln for much of the route as well as passing through farmland. Much of this land is a conservation area so please keep dogs under strict control.

  • Greensfield


    A popular route to the east of the town with those working and living in Alnwick.