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 are from 11am until 5pm each day when the gates will be closed. Dogs and cyclists 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 

    Hulne Park is open every day from 11am and gates will close at 6pm.  Please ensure you leave on time. Usual rules apply in that dogs are NOT allowed and cyclists are NOT permitted. No fires or bbqs. Please respect those who live and work in the Park by obeying any current Government regulations related to Covisd 19.  

    Hulne Park Closure Dates 

    Hulne Park will be closed to the public on the following dates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    October 2021

    Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st for maintenance. 

    November 2021

    Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Tuesday 9th, Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th. 

    December 2021

    Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd. 

    January 2022

    Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Monday 31st.

    February 2022

    Tuesday 1st.  

  • 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.