Dog friendly walking from Hadrians wall campsite

Hadrian’s wall campsite is a great place for you to bring your dog. We love seeing your dogs here. We’ll give them a biscuit whenever they come into the shop and they’ll get lots of loving from us if that’s what they like.

The countryside around us is beautiful and there are lovely walks straight from the site including the obvious Hadrian’s wall path that shouldn’t be missed. The land around us is all farmed so there is a lot of livestock. Your dog may need to be on the lead for a lot of the walks that you take along the paths around us but they will still get a great walk wherever you go.

Here are some ideas for you

For short walks on site, our campsite is set on 4 acres and the views over the Northumberland countryside from every part of the site are amazing so you can take a walk around with your dog on the lead and enjoy the landscape (as long as you’re considerate towards the other guests). We have a lovely meadow at the top of the site where we have our shepherd huts. Campers also pitch their tents on the meadow but when the meadow is empty of tents, there is enough space for your dog to have a run around. Please remember to take poo bags with you!

You can walk to Sycamore gap in 1 ½ hours along Hadrian’s wall path and perhaps call in at the dog friendly Twice Brewed Inn on your way back, on the way there, or both! Click here for more information on the walk to sycamore gap.

Haltwhistle burn

You can walk to Haltwhistle from the campsite in 50 minutes, but with your dog you can take a longer route along Haltwhistle burn which is beautiful and your dog can be off the lead for the last part and even take a paddle.

The first part of the walk takes you across the fields opposite us and this part is likely to need a lead but once you’ve reached the burn in 30 minutes, they can be free.

Click here for the walk to the Milecastle Inn which is the first part of the walk

  • Once you’ve reached the road, you turn right to head down to the pub but to get to the burn, turn left instead.
  • Walk on the road for a very short distance until you see the footpath sign at The Holme which takes you down the drive of the house.
  • Once you’ve passed the house on the right, continue straight on.
  • The path bears around to the left but don’t take this path. Go straight ahead instead and
  • follow the natural path down to the river.
  • When you reach the river, turn left and follow the path all the way into Halwhistle.

When you get into Haltwhistle, why not have a drink in the local pub. The Black Bull is a dog friendly pub and a very nice traditional pub with an open fire in the Winter. The Manor is also a dog friendly pub with a beer garden.

You can walk back the same way or there are other options for a circular walk (please ask if you want information on these) or you can take the AD122 bus which is also dog friendly

Here are some other options if you want to head out in your car or van

Walltown Country Park

Walltown country park is on the Hadrian’s wall path near Greenhead. You can drive here in less than 10 minutes. The car park is a good size and suitable for motorhomes. You can also get here on the AD122 bus which stops at the park.

There is a visitor centre at the park which is open from March to November so you can enjoy a walk and visit the shop/café.

The park was developed with wildlife/nature in mind and there are great places for the dog (and you) to explore.

See here for more information https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/places-to-visit/hadrians-wall/walltown-country-park/

Allenbanks and Staward Gorge

This is our dogs’ favourite walk – particularly Tom. It has everything – river for swimming, forest, open space for running and ball throwing. There is a lot of wildlife around, including roe deer so please still follow the country code with your dog.


The wildlife and scenery are fantastic at all times of the year. In the Spring there are bluebells and wild garlic. In the summer the river is great for swimming. In the Autumn the leaves are spectacular and in the Winter you can even see hair ice with the right conditions. We absolutely love it here

You do need to drive here but there’s a good car park – it’s National Trust so you’ll need to pay or have your NT card.

Park at the car park and you can either take a clockwise or an anticlockwise route. We like to do the clockwise route as it means the dogs get their ball throwing activity at the beginning as well as in the middle, rather than the middle and end

  • Walk out of the car park back to the road and turn right. You will head over an iron bridge. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, follow the road round to the left and you’ll see a gate on the left just before the road bends to the right
  • Go through the gate and walk under the bridge towards the river
  • This will take you into a large field alongside the river on your right.
  • In the Spring and Summer there are sheep here but, in the Autumn and Winter the dogs can be let off the lead and it’s great for ball chasing.
  • Walk through the first field and then into a second field and keep walking towards the trees ahead of you
  • Go through the kissing gate into the forest area. The birdsong is glorious and this is where we got our first experience of hair ice – thank you “Winter watch” for educating us about it.
  • It’s a rare type of ice formation which forms on rotting wood where there is a particular fungus. This produces thin strands of ice which look like silky hair.
  • Continue along the path and you will reach a steep path that heads up to the left taking you onto another path at the top.
  • When you get to the top path, turn right to continue in the same direction as before.
  • Keep following the path and head down to reach a bridge over a small stream. To the right of the bridge there’s a little path that takes you to the river and this is a great little beach like area to throw a stick and for the dogs to go swimming.
  • The river here is so pretty. You’ll often see Heron and a Kingfisher if you’re lucky
  • Head back to the bridge and walk over to the gate which leads to a path running alongside the river on the right and a fence on the left.
  • Keep following the path – you can’t go any other way.
  • You will eventually reach a small road and here you need to turn right to walk down to the farm. This is Plankey Mill.
  • You may see some campers in the fields here (our campsite is better!!)
  • Go through the gate into the field and head for the large bridge.
  • Cross the bridge and keep following the footpath to the right.
  • You’ll reach another open space. Our dogs love to run and chase the ball in this area.
  • Keep walking along the path and you will reach another beach area where the dogs can do some more swimming (this is opposite the first swimming area)
  • Continue along the path. You may see deer occasionally so keep a look out. There’s an abundance of wild garlic and bluebells in the spring.
  • You will eventually return to the car park.

The walk takes around 1 ½ hours depending on the length of time you spend on the swimming activities

Featherstone and Lambley viaduct on the South Tyne trail

This is another 1 ½ hour walk and the Wallace Arms at the end of it is a fantastic dog friendly pub. It’s a pub that doesn’t serve food but it has a fab bar and it’s a great locals pub so you meet great people. In the summer there’s a beer garden and in the winter you can cosy up in front of the open fire. In the low season it opens at 5pm so you may want to time your walk!

It takes around 15 minutes to drive here. If you put Wallace arms into your sat nav, you’ll get directions for driving there but please ask if you’d like us to explain it to you.

Park in the car park just past the pub. It is a small car park so you may find it difficult if you have a large motorhome. You can also park in the Lambley viaduct car park which you meet along the route described below and is better for motorhomes (put this into your sat nav for directions).

This is a circular walk so you can go either way. We like to go along the road first as otherwise you are climbing up the long stretch of hill at the end of the walk. If you park in the Lambley viaduct car park as above, you may want to take the route the other way (towards the viaduct first) as you’ll reach the pub towards the end of your walk as a bit of a treat!

  • From the car park, take the steps up to the path and leave the path via a gate on your right. Turn left up the road (away from the pub) and continue along this road for around a mile.
  • You’ll reach the top of the hill and see the fantastic views of the river with Featherstone Castle at the bottom.
  • Featherstone castle dates back to the 14th century when it was built by Thomas de Featherstonehaugh. It remained in the Featherstonehaugh family until the 18th It’s now a venue for conferences and activities.
  • Walk down past the castle towards the river. Pass the layby on the left and go through a gate so that you are walking at the riverside.
  • Turn left and continue along the path with the river on your right and the castle on your left.

The dogs love to swim in the river in the summer months

  • Carry on with care as there are often sheep and cattle along the route.
  • Continue on and you will see the remains of a prisoner of war camp. This was a camp for 25,000 German prisoners between 1945-1948. The camp was one of the most successful rehabilitation camps in the country and the interpreter, Captain Sulzbach, was awarded an OBE for his work in making the camp a place of developing British-German reconciliation. There is a plaque at the entrance of the camp – take a bit of time to read this.
  • Continue on through a metal gate and up towards the road. Take the gate on to the road, cross over and turn right towards the gate on the other side.
  • The walk continues along the river with no definite path so just keep walking with the river on your right. Look out for waders. The oyster catchers are often here
  • Keep heading straight on and you will reach a hide where there is a small stile over a barbed wire fence. Cross this and continue along the river again.
  • You will eventually reach a gate that takes you into the forest and you’ll get a view of Lambley viaduct. Walk for a short while and you will reach a small bridge over the river
  • At the end of the bridge, turn left and follow the path, up the steps to reach the steps up to the bridge
  • Turn left and continue to walk along the viaduct and on the South Tyne trail – you’ll be walking along the disused railway line and is route 68 for cyclists so you may meet some cyclists – take care
  • You will meet another road and you can cross over here into a car park.
  • Continue on your way along the path and you will eventually return to your starting point
  • Head up to the pub!