There have been a couple of enquiries to the Northumbria Branch of the Ramblers Association recently concerning access (or lack of it) in the area at the top of Coquetdale and we would like to put the matter straight. The Pennine Way is a National Trail and apart from national emergencies (such as foot and mouth etc.) it is always open for access. The problem appears to have arisen for those doing the Pennine Way in one-off stages and involving a circular route back to the start of the day’s walk. On certain days access is prevented onto the Otterburn Training area but not the Pennine Way!
If anyone is in doubt as to whether the red flag will be flying, which precludes access, the information can be found on the Otterburn Access page of Northumberland National Park website.