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Routin Lynn

Northumberland | Lowick | Waterfall | ★★

Two remote waterfalls in north Northumberland have very similar names: Routin Lynn and Roughting Linn. As if that wasn't confusing enough, both cascades are found on westward-flowing tributaries of the River Till, are unsignposted and are accessed from obscure backroads. This page describes the northern one, which at least only requires a very short walk to reach it. The Broomridgedean Burn is small and so the waterfall on it isn't especially powerful except immediately after heavy rain, but the rocky amphitheatre into which it tumbles is a magical one, with afternoon sunshine illuminating rainbows against the cliffs behind the falls if you're lucky with timing and weather. Before you leave the area, be sure to pay a visit to the ancient rock art nearby.

Location & info

📌 Routin Lynn ★★
Off minor road 3 mi southwest of Lowick, G.R.: NT 982368 ///inner.crossings.pouch
Always open | Free

Anything else? It's a 5-min walk to the w…

Routin Lynn rock art

Northumberland | Lowick | Rock art | ★★

It turns out that an obscure road junction between Lowick and Milfield is right next door to not just one, but two interesting sights. As well as Routin Lynn waterfall, a rocky outcrop in trees to the north is covered in neolithic cup and ring marks. Several of the biggest and clearest symbols can immediately be made out, but lichen growth and centuries of weathering undoubtedly obscure dozens of others. Indeed, some sources claim that there are hundreds of markings to be found, so take your time.

Location & info

📌 Routin Lynn rock art ★★
Off minor road 3 mi southwest of Lowick, G.R.: NT 984367 ///bats.that.collapsed
Always open | Free

Anything else? Park near the road junction immediately to the south. Walk northeast along the road for a very short distance before a path on the left leads through trees to the nearby rock outcrop.

Walk: Greensheen Hill & St Cuthbert's Cave - Kyloe hillgrimage

Northumberland | Kyloe Hills | Short walk | ★★★★

Few visitors to Northumberland can resist making the pilgrimage to the tidal island of Lindisfarne - a key centre for Christianity since the 6th century. The island monastery's most famous prior (and later bishop) was St Cuthbert, who was responsible for overseeing much of the transition from Celtic to Roman doctrine at Lindisfarne, and throughout the wider Northumbrian Kingdom. A century after his death in 687 AD, his coffin and relics had to be swiftly removed from the monastery after it came under attack by Vikings, and it's believed that they were hidden in a cave in the craggy Kyloe Hills for a while, before being moved further south. St Cuthbert's Cave - as the site is now known - turns out to be a pretty impressive place; the cave is shallow but wide, comprised of enormous sandstone blocks which appear as a gaping mouth on the side of Greensheen Hill. After visiting the cave, tracks lead to the nearby summit for a sup…

Walk: Linhope Spout walkabout

Northumberland | Cheviot Hills | Short walk | ★★★

The walk to Linhope Spout is one of the easiest introductions to the east side of the sprawling Cheviot Hills range, which straddles the Anglo-Scottish borderlands between Carlisle and Wooler. The drive up the Breamish Valley is part of the appeal, as this is the loveliest of rivers; the fertile haugh provides myriad perfect picnic spots, surrounded by rolling moorland dotted with ancient hill forts. As for the walk itself: the route is a continuation of your journey so far up the scenic glen, on easy tracks which transition to something steeper and rougher in the immediate vicinity of the powerful, 18 metre-high falls.

📌 Walk: Linhope Spout walkabout ★★★
Start / finish at minor road end (verge parking) at Hartside Farm, 3 mi west of Ingram, G.R.: NT 977162 ///league.shrubbery.drama

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 150 m | ⌚ Short walk | ⬤ Moderate
Features: Linhope Spout
Terrain: Tarmac lane and stony / grassy tracks for majority of route. Last sectio…

Walk: The muckle trickle at Stichill

Scottish Borders | Stichill | Short walk | ★★★

A few miles north of Kelso, the usually unexciting Eden Water abruptly plunges over a rocky lip amidst a wooded glade. The beauty spot is part of the old Newton Don estate, with an old folly decorating the approach; best views of the falls are actually from the north bank, which is accessible by stepping stones but only in times of low flow. Despite a dense network of paths, access is a little complicated owing to limited parking, walls, gates and houses. Having tried a couple of routes we think that approaching from the east is the route least likely to impinge on the privacy of local residents; this also has the advantage of following the pleasant river rather than stumbling through overgrown fields and woodland. Paths can be muddy, so wellies might be a good idea after heavy rain.

📌 Walk: The muckle trickle at Stichill ★★★
Start / finish at East Lodge (limited parking - don't block access), Newton Don estate, B6364 1 mi south of St…