Thursday 20 August 2020

Paxton And Ancroft Circular Cycle

This lovely cycle takes you on a circular route from Paxton through countryside to the village of Ancroft with it's impressive Norman church and back via the hamlet of Thornton. It is about about 20 miles and will take roughly Ihr 30 mins. 

1. From Paxton village turn right onto the B6461 towards Kelso passing Paxton House. Continue along this road for a while before turning left towards the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, signposted to Horncliffe and Tweedhill. After a while the road descends the hill towards the River Tweed.

Union Chain Bridge

River Tweed From The Union Chain Bridge
2. Cycle across the Union Chain Bridge into Northumberland, Turn right at the end to ascend the hill past the honey farm. Stop at the top to admire the wonderful view of the River Tweed and the bridge. Continue  along this road, passing a large house on the right before turning left toward the hamlet of Loanend. After reaching a sign for Loanend take a right turning and continue along this road until you reach a junction with the A698.

River Tweed And The Union Chain Bridge

3. Cross the road and proceed straight ahead towards Murton and Ancroft. Continue up a hill with views to the left back to Longridge Towers School. After passing through Murton and a water treatment works you will arrive at a junction. Turn right onto the B6354 and then take the next left turning towards Lowick and Ancroft. 

Longridge Towers

4. Continue along this road for about 3 miles before arriving at a junction with the B6525. Turn right towards Wooler passing a farm shop on the right and continue on to the village of Ancroft before taking a right hand turn towards West Allerdean. (The pretty church of St Anne's is just beyond this turning and is well worth a visit).

St Anne's Church, Ancroft

5. Proceed along this pretty country lane for about 2.5 miles before reaching West Allerdean. Turn right onto the B6354 in the direction of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Go down a hill and take the 1st turning on the left towards Thornton and Horncliffe. Continue along this road passing Thornton Mains and the Hamlet of Thornton before eventually arriving at a junction with the A698.

6. Turn right  and after a short while take a left turning towards Norham Castle and Horncliffe. Pass through the remains of a disused railway and turn right towards Horncliffe. Continue along this road passing a turning to Horncliffe village on the left. Immediately after a large house turn left and proceed down the hill past the Honey Farm to the Union Chain Bridge. 

7. Cycle over the bridge and back into Scotland. Proceed up the hill and at the end of the road turn right onto the B6461. Continue along this road turning left at Paxton House and then right back into Paxton village. 

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