Wooler is the gateway to the Cheviot Hills and the stunning Northumberland National Park. The Cheviot Hills are just a stones-throw away and are ideal for walkers, climbers, mountain biking and horse riding.
The foothills will suit the less active but with quiet backroads and bridleways combined with spectacular views and iron-age history they will still take your breath away. If you are a serious walker looking for a challenge, the Cheviots will not disappoint with some of the most rewarding hill walking in the country.
Originally a market town, Wooler is a great place to shop or stock up for supplies. Its market was originally established in 1199 and while sheep and cattle are no longer traded in the town centre the market continues to this day.
Today a delicatessen, butchers and grocers are amongst an abundance of local stores all of which make Wooler an important local service centre. The town also has a number of galleries, a working pottery studio and a newly opened 'Sharespace'. "The Crafty Collective" is a studio from which a selection of Northumberland and Glendale craft artists work and hold Workshops from March and throughout the visitor season. Some of the workshops require booking in advance, but most of them just walk in, with everything from Jewellery making to Shabby chic painting techniques.
The village of Belford is between Wooler and the coast, an attractive village of stone houses whose broad main street contains some interesting old shops and a fine past coaching inn, reflecting the fact that this was once an important town on the Great North Road. Today it is popular with visitors, standing on the edge of the Kyloe hills, with excellent walking opportunities.
Belford is the start of an (approximate) 8 mile walk to St Cuthbert’s Cave. "Cuddy's Cave" (as it is known locally) is an overhanging outcrop of sandstone rock, supported by an isolated pillar of stone. It is reputed that the monks of Lindisfarne brought St Cuthbert’s body to this place in AD875 following the Viking raids on the Holy Island. This is a beautiful walk ending in the most peaceful location for a picnic and allowing walkers to take in the stunning views. Take the bus from Berwick to Belford on an Arriva bus service.
A regular bus service operates from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Wooler, operated by Glen Valley Tours. Visit the website here for bus timetables.