Barrow Burn Wood - Steven Playle

Barrow Burn Wood. Image by: Steven Playle.

A small area of ancient deciduous woodland nestled above the Barrow Burn, a tributary of the Coquet.


0.5km south of Alwinton

OS Map Reference

NT 915 061
A static map of Barrow Burn Wood

Know before you go

3 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Parking is available outside the Parish Church in Low Alwinton (postcode NE65 7BE)

Walking trails

A public footpath leads past the site entrance but there are no paths on site.


The site is open access but there are no formal access points and no footpath through the site, as the terrain is very steep, muddy and uneven. Please seek guidance from NWT if you have specific access requirements prior to visiting.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times


Best time to visit

Autumn and spring

About the reserve

The ancient mixed deciduous woodland includes alder, willow and hazel and also features calcareous flushes include butterwort and marsh lousewort. The central part of the site has a ground flora of ramsons (wild garlic) and primrose with some opposite-leaved golden saxifrage.

There is rich birdlife including sparrowhawk, cuckoo, treecreeper, woodwarbler and pied flycatcher. Badgers are present in the wood with otters using the stream. The site is managed in association with Defence Estates and Northumberland National Park Authority.

Contact us

Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Contact number: (0191) 284 6884
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)