Rothbury Tree Trail
The Rothbury Tree Trail is an Audio trail. The idea is to listen to each of the tree's stories. I hope you will enjoy learning a little bit about our history and about some of our trees. Of course, you will hear a little bit about Lord Armstrong, also David Dippie Dixon, two very well-known former residents of Rothbury. But there is more to discover! Download the App, and enjoy the walk!
I am very grateful to all the generous people who have worked with in on this Trail. Of course, any faults with it, are mine, not theirs.
Huge Thank You to Dawn Rutherford for narrating the Trail, and to Kathryn Tickell for the accompanying music.
The Trail begins in the Haugh Car Park. Walk across the footbridge to the old public toilets and note the magnificent Veteran Beech Tree behind. This tree does not tell its tale yet but please note this fine specimen.
From here, turn left, and walk along the side of the River Coquet until you get to the Beggar’s Rigg Car Park. Find the track up to the pavement, and there you will find the one remaining Craa Tree. Listen as Hazel Mason and James Tait voice the trees' story.
Now walk into Rothbury to the United Reformed Church (URC), where you will find a Notable young Rowan Tree. Listen as Arthur Winter, past Chair of Rothbury Parish Council, and Jade Newbould, who was the babe in arms, voice the story of the Rowan. Thanks to James Tait for the music: The Rowan Tree.
Cross to the magnificent Chestnut Tree, by the War Memorial. Listen as Sandy Hunter voices this tree, as it tells the tale of one of Rothbury’s brave young men. Thanks to Rothbury Highland Pipe Band for the rousing music, and the Chrissie Buckley for the accordion playing.
Next, walk along to the Queens Head pub and continue up Brewery Lane to the corner. There you will find a fine Beech Tree, which has seen a lot of things in this area. Listen as Sheila Gregory relates the tales. Thanks to Rod Clements, for the specially composed music.
From here walk back to the main road and turn left, along to the Armstrong Cottages. Here you will find two marvellous Ornamental Weeping Ash Trees. Listen to their conversation, voiced by Patsy and Billy Murray. Thanks to Hannah Lamb for the specially composed music.
You may choose to end the Rothbury Tree Trail at this point, for, at the moment, it is difficult to access the last tree. If so, cross the road and go through the Flood Gates. Turn right, and follow the path back to the Haugh Car Park.
If you do venture to the Football Ground, at Knocklaw, the Sycamore Tree which will talk to you is definitely worth a visit, but you must do so at your own risk, as there is no safe footpath just yet. Jon Tait voices the tree and thanks to John Homer for his composition: A Simple Man