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Wannie line walk


This circular walk will take you onto both the Wannie and Rothbury railway lines. Trains once steamed along these two lines, carrying Wallington's stone, lime, coal and livestock as well as passengers.

Learn the fascinating history behind the historic railway lines

Sir Walter Trevelyan, owner of Wallington (1846-1879) was the driving force behind the building of the railway. He saw that new revenue would come to the estate by supplying the ever increasing demands of Tyneside; revenue that could be spent on his house and staff and on making improvements to the estate.

A winding river with a crag in the distance
Take in the rolling Wallington estate from the raised Wannie Line path National Trust / Emily Johnson


Map route for Wannie line walk
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The car park behind the former National Trust Regional Office at Scot's Gap, 1½ miles due north and east of Wallington on the B6343, grid ref: NZ037864


The walk begins at the back of the former National Trust Regional Offices. Walk along the path around the field and turn right down the steps onto the wannie line. Walk along the line until it splits, here you need to take the right hand fork onto the Rothbury line.

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Once on the Rothbury Line carry on walking passing over two bridges.

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Once you reach the Delf Burn look out for a waymarker on your left which takes you down off the line and along the burn.

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Follow the path and waymarkers through the Delf Burn plantation. Exit the plantation on the west side through a gate into a field. Cross the field walking uphill and parallel with the old beech field edge away to your right and through another gate. Cross over the next field with the fence line still on your right.


Cross over the stile and down steps to enter the old quarry, you will see the old lime kilns on your left. Cross the quarry to the lime kilns and from here walk up to the wall, turn right and make your way to a gate at the top of the quarry where the old beech field edge ends. Turn left once through the gate and make your way down the hill and cross over the road. Enter the field and walk straight ahead with the fence on your right.

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Once the fence runs out carry on walking straight ahead following the line of trees. At the far end of the field turn left down the field edge until you reach the farm track. Turn right onto track and follow it across the stream and past the cottage.


Directly after the cottage turn left off the track onto another field, cross over the bridge and look out for the stile at the top of the hill. Walk along the field edge and go over the ladder stile and small bridge.


Continue along the field edges. Go through a kissing gate into a block of woodland and exit through another gate at the far side. You will see Chesters farm on your right. Carry on down another field crossing over the bridge in the bottom and through a kissing gate. Follow the field edge before entering another woodland block. Once through this block you can see the wannie line ahead. Cross the field and go over a bridge towards the kissing gate up onto the line.


Once on the line turn left through the belt of trees. Continue to follow the railway line until you reach the road. Cross straight over the road and back up onto the line at the another side.

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Continue along the line, you will cross another road at Rugley Walls before descending back down onto the line.


Keep following the wannie line, and you will end up back where the two railway lines join at Scot's Gap.


The car park behind the former National Trust Regional Office at Scot's Gap, 1 ½ miles due north and east of Wallington on the B6343, grid ref: NZ037864

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Wannie line walk


A circular route along the old railway lines and across fields. Uneven terrain in places can be muddy in the winter months.

Dogs welcome on a lead.

Wannie line walk

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Wannie line walk

How to get here

Car park behind the former National Trust regional office at Scots Gap, Nr Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4EG
By road

A1 north to Newcastle then 20 miles (32km) north-west  on the A696 (airport/Ponteland road). Turn off on the B6342 signposted Cambo, drive past Wallington, then turn right outside Cambo onto the B6343.

A1 south to Morpeth, through Morpeth on the A192 then 12 miles (19.3km) west on the B6343.

Wannie line walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on a lead