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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.

A 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 will tell you about what it has witnessed across the river, over the years.

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.  This tree is waiting to tell you all about what she can see and what she has witnessed.

From here, make your way into Rothbury, past the Newcastle House, to the churchyard of Old Saints Church. The Fastigiate Yew is easy to spot, and she has some wonderful stories to tell you.

Come out of the Graveyard the way you went in, and cross the main road to the magnificent Chestnut Tree, by the War Memorial. Listen as it tells the tale of one of Rothbury’s brave young men. 

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. 

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. If it is noisy with the traffic, cross over, and listen next to the river.

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. 

I hope you enjoy Rothbury Tree Trail!

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