Greenlee Lough Circular Walk

The Greenlee Lough Circular Walk set amidst Northumberland’s pristine landscapes, invites you on a peaceful journey of natural wonder. Beginning at the picturesque Steel Rigg Car Park, this idyllic circuit unveils the enchanting beauty of a delicate wetland ecosystem and an untouched countryside.

As you stroll, you’re guaranteed to encounter a range of delights, including the Greenlee Nature Reserve, a sanctuary where you can witness the vibrant reed beds and the rich biodiversity that thrives in this untouched habitat.

Experience the meadows bursting with life, small sleeper bridges, and the ideal Bird Hide, offering a perfect spot to connect with the local wildlife. The views of Winshield Crags and the North Pennines at the journey’s end are truly breathtaking.

Offering the chance to escape into a world of serenity and natural beauty, The Greenlee Lough Circular Walk is a haven for nature enthusiasts and anyone seeking a peaceful connection with the outdoors.

Start your adventure today and experience Greenlee Lough’s natural harmony…

This hike immerses you in the tranquil heart of Northumberland’s countryside, where untouched wetlands, vibrant meadows, and a rich ecosystem come together to create a picturesque experience.

Whether you’re discovering the secrets of nature or simply savouring the pristine beauty, this trail promises an unforgettable exploration of Greenlee Lough and its hidden treasures.

Look out for these captivating highlights that you’re sure to encounter along the way:

  1. Tranquil Wetland Boardwalk: Explore the enchanting boardwalk thoughtfully installed by the Northumberland National Park Authority to protect the delicate wetland habitat.
  2. Breathtaking ‘Reed Beds’: Wander through the unspoiled ‘reed beds’ and connect with the vibrant biodiversity of the area.
  3. Bird Hide Sanctuary: Uncover a peaceful spot to observe the local wildlife at the Bird Hide, making it an ideal pause for nature enthusiasts.
  4. Natural Beauty: Take in the ever-changing scenery of meadows, small sleeper bridges, and lush hay meadows that come to life in late June to early July.
  5. Scenic Views: Enjoy breathtaking views of Winshield Crags and the North Pennines as you complete your quest.
  6. Cultural Heritage: Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and conservation efforts that define Greenlee Lough’s natural landscape.
  7. Escape to Serenity: Experience the harmony of nature and the charm of the unspoiled countryside, making this walk a perfect escape for outdoor enthusiasts.

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  1. Starting Point: Begin your adventure by leaving the Steel Rigg Car Park and turning right onto the quiet minor road. Cross the Caw Burn over the humpback bridge and commence your uphill journey.
  2. Greenlee Nature Reserve: Look out for a fingerpost on your left, marked ‘Greenlee Nature Reserve’. When you spot it, pass through the wicket gate and process across the ‘fell ground’, following the path marked by electricity poles.
  3. Boardwalk: Continue walking alongside the edge of the woodland until you reach the starting point of the boardwalk, designed to protect the delicate wetland habitat along the lough’s edge.
  4. The Path Around Greenlee Lough: Stay on the boardwalk that leads you around the Lough, before reaching the end. Follow the path marked with waymarkers while keeping the fence on your left. This trail may involve some rough terrain. Pass through a wicket gate located at the corner of the wood and continue along the edge of the woodland, with the fence on your right. You’ll come across a small sleeper bridge and walk through the hay meadow, which is at its most vibrant in late June to early July.
  5. Bird Hide Exploration: Climb over the stile on your right and venture through the woodland until you reach the Bird Hide, taking some time to stop and admire the local wildlife.
  6. Homeward Bound: Retrace your steps back to the stile and turn right, continuing through the meadow.
  7. Greenlee Farm House: At a finger post, make a left turn, following the grass track, leading you uphill toward Greenlee Farm House.
  8. Return to Steel Rigg Car Park: Finally, continue to follow the footpath around the farm and then turn left onto the farm track. As you make your way back along the track, relish the views of Winshield Crags and the North Pennines. End back at Steel Rigg Car Park.
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