Given our location, there are lots of coastal and countryside walks all around us.
However, there are 2 wonderful woodland walks very close by.
Our own woodland walk
The first one is right on the doorstep as it’s actually part of South Meadows. On the southern edge of the park is where you’ll find our woodland walk area.
It’s a piece of natural woodland with a real mix of trees, shrubs and wild flowers. Running through the woods is the Newlands Burn, also known as the Blue Bell Burn … probably because of the blue bells which grow there.
There are also daffodils, snowdrops and plenty of other woodland wild flowers.
It’s quite a haven for wildlife too. We’re fortunate to have red squirrels who have made their home here. There is also the occasional pheasant … who can get quite territorial about their space. They seem to reserve their anger for certain members of South Meadows staff … so no need for visitors to worry.
Because of the wildlife we ask that our visitors keep their dogs on the lead when using the woodland for their walks.
We’ve spent some time making the pathways easy to walk, ensuring they are as dry as possible even when it’s wet.
As well as the bluebells, there are daffodils, snowdrops and flowering shrubs.
Amongst the trees we have silver birch as well as oak, ash, hawthorn, fir, sycamore, alder and pine.
To get to Kyloe Woods, drive north on the A1 from Belford and then turn left on the B6353, signposted to Fenwick and Lowick. Drive through Fenwick and continue west through East and then West Kyloe. About 1 mile on you’ll come to a cross roads; take the turn to the left … it’s sign posted Chatton.
About a mile further on you’ll see the trees on your left-hand side. There are parking places along the verge, mostly situated next to gates or stiles which give access to the paths through the woodland.
The woodland (it’s a small forest really) was planted in the early 1900s by C J Leyland, a retired sea captain and plant collector. I suppose you can guess which hedging plant he is famous for … leylandii.
Whilst there are some 100 species of conifer, there are also patches of broadleaved trees and some open areas. These are useful for the birds: goshawk and nightjar have been seen here. There is also a population of red squirrels.
Because of its size it is useful to take an Ordnance Survey map of the area with you; the paths are well marked. If you really want to explore the woods then a SAT NAV or GPS device might also be useful.
As you walk through the woods, you’ll probably come across some impressive crags sticking up between the trees. These are very popular with rock climbers.
The paths are well established although, because of the undulating terrain, you may come across some wet areas so ‘sensible’ footwear is advisable. Having said that, the walking is not too strenuous.
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