The Breamish Valley and Linhope Spout Walk

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Journey to the Linhope Spout, Northumberland’s Highest Waterfall

The prehistoric people who lived in the Breamish Valley in what is now Northumberland National Park would have known Linhope Spout, a beautiful waterfall hidden away deep in the Valley. The word Lin or Linn is itself an old Norse word for waterfall and there are many Linns in the National Park.

On this walk, we head into the Cheviot Hills, following an old droving route, the Salter’s Road, once used to bring livestock over the Border a few miles away. We get views of The Cheviot and the oddly named Bloodybush Edge and we walk beside the River Breamish as it tumbles down through the valley on its way to the sea. We follow a path high up on the heather moors to reach Linhope Spout, which comes at the end of the walk, a fitting conclusion to a day out in Northumberland National Park.

Linhope Spout is a popular location to try ‘wild swimming,’ the deep pool and the cool water are worth a try if you’re brave enough, just let me know if you want to give it a go.

We meet at Ingram Bridge in the Breamish Valley at the start of the day and the walk ends in the Ingram Valley Café for tea and cake.

What to Bring

  • Walking boots or walking shoes
  • Polyester cotton trousers; no denim jeans, please
  • A waterproof coat, waterproof trousers, a hat, and gloves; a sunhat such as a baseball cap for sunny days
  • Sunscreen
  • One bottle of water per person, 1 to 1.5 litres is recommended
  • A picnic lunch and some snacks
  • A towel and a swimming costume if you want to try a wild swim (Summer months only)

Clothing depends on the season. Please contact us for advice!