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24. Ford

start: Ford
distance: 16 miles
OS map: 75

Ford route mapThis is a mixed route taking in minor roads and bridleways.

Head E from Ford village and turn R onto a minor road at (958 384). Shortly after passing a farm turn L onto a bridleway at (962 377). Go past a wood and take the R fork going alongside Ford Moss Nature Reserve and through a gate. The track steepens and emerges on Broom Ridge with fine views. Follow the obvious trail down under the sandstone cliffs of Goat Crag and go past Routing Linn Farm heading S through a wooded area to reach the road. There's a waterfall on the R just as you enter the wooded section.

Turn L and head NE. You can find examples of ancient rock carvings just a short distance further on through the trees on the L. The road climbs steadily for about half a mile when you take a signposted bridleway on the R which aims towards Doddington North Moor. This bridleway is fairly rough and you may need to push for a while. If that doesn't appeal there is an alternative, but three miles longer, route round by road.

The bridleway reaches the B6525 and the route goes straight ahead on a minor road to Hetton North Farm. Turn R here. After a mile or so there's a crossroads and just a short way S of here you leave the road for a byway on the R (023 342). This track skirts the slopes of Doddington Moor and leads, after a couple of miles, to Doddington Village.

The next two miles crosses part of the Milfield Plain, an unusual flat area of meandering rivers and sluggish streams. The bridleway is signposted for Bridge End. Cross the River Till by a stone bridge and shortly afterwards bear R through a gate. Head W away from the river, through a gate and along the edge of a fence. Cross two flood banks and Humbleton Burn by a small bridge where the track soon improves. Turn R when you reach the road passing the old Milfield airfield after a couple of miles. Turn R to cross the River Glen by Redscar Bridge and head uphill to Kimmerston where a L turn takes you back to Ford.

alnwick district council and berwick borough council
'Cycling in North Northumberland'
descriptive leaflets available from berwick tourist office

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Ford Castle

Ford Castle

Ford Village

Ford Village

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