Near the small village of Bothal is a private footbridge at the end of a track leading from the 13th century church. It stands high over the steeply banked river and just upstream are some stepping stones leading to a footpath south to the main A196 road. A suspension bridge built for the rector of Bothal church for ease of reaching the church from the Rectory on the south bank. The Wansbeck is heavily wooded from here west to Morpeth.
Bothal has a castle dating from the 12th century and it overlooks the Wansbeck. The village is just one street with attractive estate cottages.