Haydon Bridge is the ideal centre for those who appreciate the outdoor life at any time of the year allowing you to enjoy scenery, relieving stress, finding peace in nature, enjoying life and relaxing.
Walkers can use the quiet paths with many walks directly from the village centre. See below for more walking information.
The two loops of the ‘John Martin Trail’ have attracted many walking groups and individuals following in the young Martin’s footsteps and seeing the magnificent views which so influenced this famous Victorian artist.
The Roman Wall is close by with its many linear and circular trails.
There are nearby facilities for swimming outdoors, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding in winter, pony trekking, cycling and mountain biking, golf, horse racing, running routes and clubs, canoeing and kayaking, angling in the lakes and rivers, sailing and windsurfing, diving, motor cycling on some of the best recommended routes in the UK, camping, caravanning, bird watching, painting, gliding and ballooning, wildlife photography and many other exciting opportunities.
You can even swing through the trees and zip wire down if you feel
Some of these activities are detailed here for you with links to more information.
Haydon Bridge was the first sighting place of the Bewick Swan. The
loughs of the Roman Wall area are famous for wintering birds, whooper
swans, goldeneye, greylag and white fronted geese, wigeon, teal, lapwings,
and tufted ducks. Grindon Lough can be seen from ‘The Stanegate’
road and Greenlee Lough from a hide built by the National Parks. Northumberland’s
own bird the curlew is on the moorland with hen harriers, peregrine
falcons, buzzards and, to the east, the red kites. Dippers are found at Allen Banks and kingfishers downriver from Haydon Bridge village. Other locations can
be found here at the following websites:
The countryside around Haydon Bridge offers the chance for cyclists to explore the beautiful Northumberland countryside on quiet, traffic-free roads. The Northumberland National Park, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hadrian's Wall and many other attractions are just a short ride away.
Cycle Rides Around Haydon Bridge is a leaflet featuring three routes exploring the countryside around the village, while for the more competitive rider our annual cyclo-sportive, The Haydon Hundred in early June is not to be missed.
Haydon Bridge Development Trust is also working on a proposal for a cycle path from the village to Hexham. Have a look at this idea Here
Langley Dam is a 14 acre lake set in beautiful countryside which lies approximately 3 miles south of Haydon Bridge. Stocked weekly with rainbow trout. Anglers who don’t hire a boat will need waders for the most part.
There is a new lodge with car park and toilet facilities and rods and tackle can be hired. In addition, the fishery lodge sells a limited amount of tackle.
Opening Hours: Daily.
Bookings: 01434 688846.
Location: Just south of Haydon Bridge on the A686.
Admission: Permits available.
Access: For wheelchairs.
For Geocaching fans there is an excellent multi-cache based on the six John Martin Heritage Trail information panels and starting at the 'Bridge' library.
This is ideal for introducing you and the children to both Martin and the countryside which inspired him. Car or bicycle (some steep climbs) use is recommended or you could walk around 14 miles for this (and don't forget your GPS!) A copy of the free leaflet detailed below would be helpful. (This cache is now locked but the details are still available)
Be warned, Geocaching is possibly more addictive than Golf but much cheaper and more rewarding.
This is your opportunity for the excitement of swinging through the
trees at the nearby Matfen Hall adventure park.
You can find full details and booking on their website at www.goape.co.uk
Haltwhistle Walking Festival
The nearby town of Haltwhistle organises these events in Spring
each year and are very popular. Haydon Bridge offers accommodation allowing
easy access during these busy periods. Many walks are in our immediate
area too and connections by bus and rail are available should you not
wish to use a car. Book early for the long walks and specialist walks which sell out very quickly.
The home of National Hunt racing in Northumberland, the natural amphitheatre
provides provides a wonderful and uninterrupted viewing of horse racing
the whole way round the course. Located two miles south of Hexham Town
Centre (less than 10 miles from Haydon Bridge) the racecourse is easily
accessible to the public with buses from Hexham Railway Station on race
days. Directions on the racecourse website. Annual Membership (single and double badges)
includes free entry to 45 race meetings at other courses round the country.
The Trust’s local attraction, which should not be missed, is
Allen Banks which leads into the Staward Gorge. These were the Victorian
grounds of Ridley Hall (Private) and home to the Bowes-Lyon family. See the Dippers as they feed
in the River Allen, Red Squirrel and the last home of the Dormouse in
the north. Near is the hamlet of Beltingham and its famous church and
ancient yew tree. Access is free to the grounds and walks but there
is a parking charge (free to NT members (scan membership card) but ticket required from machine on site).
Other trust attractions within easy travelling from Haydon Bridge are Cragside, Gibside Pleasure Gardens, Housesteads and Hadrian’s Wall, Bellister Castle, Souter Lighthouse, Washington Old Hall, Seaton Deleval Hall, Thomas Bewick’s Cherryburn, George Stephenson’s Cottage at Wylam, Wallington, The English Lake District and the amazing Northumberland Coastline. Find them here www.nationaltrust.org.uk
A trekking centre offering treks in the North Pennine hills is to the south of the village at Sinderhope, Allendale. You can see information online here www.sinderhopeponytrekking.co.uk
River Tyne Trail
This is a walk of some 135 miles from the sources of the North and South Tyne rivers to the sea. This was organised by the 'Daft as a Brush' cancer charity and you will find details Here
Good quality routes are to be found at nearby Crag Lough on the Roman Wall for low to mid grade climbers in spectacular countryside. The Northumbrian Climbing Guide has details for you here www.thenmc.org.uk
One of the few locations in England where you can enjoy the benefits of portable and fixed tows. Check all the conditions on the web site before you go www.ski-allenheads.co.uk
Please be aware that the section of the Martin Trail through Allen Banks has been closed by the National Trust as of 08-01-2024 following landslides and tree collapse until further notice.
This is in two sections, an easier North route of 2.5 miles and moderately strenuous South of 11 miles. This very popular, varied, walk covers the areas which influenced Victorian artist John Martin, born in the village, who became the ‘most popular artist of his day’. There are regular waymarks and six information panels en route. A free pamphlet with maps is available from Claire’s Newsagents, the 'Bridge' library both in Church Street, T.I.C.s or download in PDF format (1.1Mb) by following the link.
Three walks leaflets containing a range of self-guided trails are available from The Bridge Community Library and other outlets in the village.
1 - Farms, Romans and Countryside is either a seven mile loop, a 13 mile loop through Northumberland National Park and along Hadrian’s Wall, or can be used as a six mile walk connecting the village with Housesteads Roman Fort.
2 - Hills and Woods That Inspired An Artist explores the valley to the south of the village in loops of 7¼ or 4 miles. Climbing into the North Pennines AONB through countryside which inspired the works of celebrated Victorian artist John Martin, it passes his birthplace on the outskirts of the village.
3 - Village Walks offers three short and easy walks in the immediate surroundings of Haydon Bridge. These favourite strolls for villagers over the years explore the riverbank and some hidden corners of the village.
For all information Ordnance Survey 1:25000 scale Outdoor Leisure map OL 43 is an essential. This is available from Claire’s Newsagency, Church Street, Haydon Bridge during your visit and covers the Roman Wall area of the National Park and most of the surrounding zone of interest. It is also available directly either in paper or digital format from the Ordnance Survey website.
Walking The Hadrian's Wall Path? If you need a self-guided walking tour of Hadrian's Wall you can find details of one company providing this service at www.hillwalktours.com
Other local walks can be downloaded via the National Trail/Hadrian’s Wall website at www.nationaltrail.co.uk