Haltwhistle to Lambley Viaduct along The South Tyne Trail
A 5 mile cycle route starting from the charming market town of Haltwhistle which is situated close to the world famous Hadrian’s Wall. The route takes from Haltwhistle along a scenic route mainly following the old disused Haltwhistle to Alston Railway Line. Haltwhistle is situated close to Hadrian’s Wall and claims to be at the geographic centre of Britain – equidistant from the sea as measured along the principal points of the compass. A hotel in the centre of Haltwhistle is named the Centre of Britain Hotel in recognition of this claim.
Starting from Main Street in the centre of Haltwhistle cycle down Main Street and along Westgate past the hospital on your right as you cycle along. After a few hundred yards at the end of Westgate you come to a ‘T’ junction where you TURN LEFT along the B6322 and then after 50 yards TURN RIGHT along the small lane which takes under the railway and cycle over the blue bridge across the river.
On the other side of the river TURN RIGHT along Bellister Road and cycle along the road for approximately 400 yards where you pass under the A69. As you pass under the A69 BEAR LEFT and follow the signs for National Cycle Route No 68 which takes you along a traffic free path running alongside the A69.
After about a quarter of a mile the path meets with Plenmellor Road where you TURN RIGHT along the road and after about 50 yards you TURN RIGHT through a gate and at this point you join The South Tyne Trail heading towards Featherstone and Lambley.
Continue to cycle along the trail through the lovely scenic countryside and after about one and a quarter miles you pass the small village of Park Village and then about a quarter of a mile further along the trail you pass the village of Rowfoot, where you can find The Wallace Arms pub should you want some refreshments on your cycle ride. At the same point Hall Bank Lane crosses the path of the trail and if you where to bear right along Hall Bank Lane the lane takes you for a quarter of a mile down to Featherstone Castle. A privately owned castle which is open to the public only on certain days of the year and is said to be haunted by a wedding party who were murdered in their coach. You can also use this lane as an alternative route on your return journey as you can follow the lane up along the banks of the river and it eventually takes you back to the underpass by the A69.
Continue to follow the trail for a further 2 miles where you arrive at Lambley Viaduct the end of your cycle ride before your return journey to Haltwhistle.
Lambley viaduct crosses the River South Tyne as a series of elegant stone arches. Approximately 850ft long, it once carried the Haltwhistle to Alston railway. The railway opened in 1852 to haul coal from the Alston mines, was closed in 1976..
It is a particularly elegant example of Victorian engineering: the river is crossed by nine 56 ft wide arches is 105 ft above the river.