The Wallington estate comprising the house and gardens and 15 working farms was gifted to the National Trust and the Nation by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan (1870 – 1958) in 1942 and it remains today, one of the largest gifts ever given freely to the National Trust.
Broomhouse Farm is one of the fifteen farms, but is particularly important as it sits directly next to Wallington and is part of the designed landscape created by Sir Walter Calverley Blackett in the 1740s.
The route takes you on a relatively flat circular walk around the Broomhouse fields.
- Bus stop
Start in the Courtyard by the Clocktower and head to the gate in the right hand corner of the courtyard. Follow the path round and turn right at the junction towards the urn and west wood.
Once at the urn, with the adventure playground on your left, take the right hand path signposted wildlife hide. Continue following the path straight ahead until you reach the top pond.
After passing the top pond, look out for the path on your right leading up into the Fountains plantation. Follow the path and way-markers through the plantation.
Path leading to the Fountains plantation.
Here you have a choice to either continue straight on up to Broomhouse Farm or to take the shorter circuit over the boardwalk on the right back to Wallington.
Look out for the ancient Beech trees in the Fountains plantation which are over 275 years old.
Leave the wood through a gate and follow the field edge. Across the field in front of you are the newly planted trees making up the 'Huntly plantation', which was re-established in 2011. This restoration project was made possible by public donations and the 3600 trees were planted by volunteer groups, community groups, visitors and staff.
Replanted in 2011
Cross over the road and bridge into the field. On your left you can now see Broomhouse Farm.
From the farm cross the field to the top right hand corner. At the top, turn right through a gate and along a field edge before entering the 'Black Belt' via a stone stile.
New tenants have taken over the farm at the beginning of the year (2014). Look out for more new exciting developments and events taking place including lambing events.
Exit the other side, over another stone stile.
When you reach a tree at the corner of the field turn right and go downhill with a hedgerow on your left. Go through a kissing gate and turn left, then through another kissing Gate turning right this time with the hedge on your right.
Take in the views over Broomhouse Farm, and look out for buzzards and skylarks circling above.
Eventually, you arrive at a kissing gate and a bridge beside the road. Cross over the road and through another gate. Walk the field edge with the hedge to your left until you reach a field gate, go through the gate into a newly planted plantation. Carry on down the path until you come to another field gate.
After passing through the gate, bear to the left and head down to the bridge and kissing gate. Climb up the field in front of you to arrive back at the car park.
Once in the overflow car park, make your way down to the bottom and turn left bringing you back to the Wallington entrance.
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 3 miles
- Time: 1 hour - 1.5 hours
Relatively flat circular walk, through woodland and following grassy field edges, with two easy stone stiles and a couple of kissing gates. Will require boots or wellies when wet.
- How to get here:
By Road A1 north to Newcastle then 20 miles north-west (A696, airport/Ponteland road), and turn off on B6342 to Cambo. A1 south to Morpeth (A192) then 12 miles west (B6343)