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Hindhope Linn in Kielder Forest

Hinhope Linn and Kielder Forest

Hindope Linn, situated on the eastern fringes of Kielder Forest, is a firm favourite of mine. A nice waterfall in its own right, it’s the surrounding forest and the nearby Blakehope Burn that really make it what it is. So on a day off work, with a bit of fog forecast, it seemed the perfect destination for a walk and a few photos.

The Fog

Hindhope Linn sits a short walk away from Forest Drive just off the A68. On the way up there, the fog was rather dense so I stopped up near Kirkharle for a look around. Sitting in the middle of a nearby field was an excellent, and quite eerie looking, lone tree shrouded by the fog.

Definitely worth further investigation, I hopped over the barbed wire fence (don’t tell the farmer) and set up for a few shots. This was the result:

Fog-shrouded lone tree
Fog-shrouded lone tree

Glad I stopped – but unfortunately I slipped when climbing back over the barbed wire fence… two puncture wounds and three cuts to my hand and thigh later… it was worth it though!

Hindhope Linn Trail

If you’ve never been to Hindhope Linn before it’s quite easy to find. Head north up the A68 towards the border – in between Rochester and Byrness you’ll see the left turn onto Forest Drive into Kielder Forest. Take this road and as soon as you cross the small bridge there’s parking on the left next to a public toilet block. Park here then head up the track past the farm and keep an eye open for the well-signposted path to Hindhope Linn on the right. Simply follow the track (and the orange arrows) and you’re there. There are a couple of maps further down this post if you need them.

This is one of the nicest stretches of the trail:

Hindhope Linn Trail
The Hindhope Linn Trail

A little further on the path forks. Take the right-hand fork and you’ll descend to a small bridge from which you can see Hindhope Linn, upstream from a smaller cascade by the bridge.

Hindhope Burn
Hinhope Burn with Hindhope Linn in the distance

Walking upstream leads you directly to Hindhope Linn, a pretty waterfall nestled in amongst the forest undergrowth. It’s easy to cross the burn if you wish to have a nosy around, otherwise it’s a dead end as there’s no easy way up the sides.

Hindhope Linn
Hindhope Linn

Blakehope Burn

Heading back down to the small footbridge, the main river is the Blakehope Burn which is well worth exploring in its own right. Meandering and cascading off to the east, there are swirling pools and beaches full of shiny pebbles set in gorgeous forest surroundings.

Blakehope Burn
Blakehope Burn

You can continue to follow the path along the burn before it diverts up a curling set of steps into the forest, eventually joining the Hindhope Burn upstream from the waterfall. I’d highly recommend taking the time out to explore further while you’re there.

Hindhope Linn Trail
The path alongside Blakehope Burn


As mentioned above, it’s easy to find Hindhope Linn. But in case you’re not familiar with the area, here are a couple of maps to show the location:

Hindhope Linn Map

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on Hindhope Linn (by the way, I’m never sure if the ‘Hind’ in Hindhope¬†should be pronounced to rhyme with ‘binned’ or ‘bind’ – any ideas?) and Kielder Forest – please leave your comments below.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to check out my other posts and photos. You may enjoy my posts about 7 stunning North East waterfalls and 7 of the best photo spots in Northumberland.

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