25 Jan Wooler public transport
Wooler’s public transport connections are centred on its bus station, while inter-city trains serve Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Wooler – Berwick-upon-Tweed bus (267 via Etal, Duddo: Monday-Saturday) – timetable [PDF]
Wooler – Berwick-upon-Tweed bus (464 via Lowick: Monday-Saturday) – timetable [PDF]
Wooler – Alnwick bus (470 via Chillingham) – timetable [PDF]
Wooler – Alnwick bus (473 via Whittingham) – timetable [PDF]
Kelso – Wooler – Newcastle bus (710 via Morpeth: Wednesday & Saturday only) – timetable [PDF]
Wooler – Kirknewton circular bus (266 via Flodden: Wednesday only) – timetable [PDF]
Although linked timetables were correct at time of writing, we advise checking before travel using the Traveline online journey planner or direct with operators: Border Buses (267, 464), PCL Travel (470, 473) or Glen Valley Tours (266, 710).
Sadly the train line to Wooler closed many decades ago. In fact Wooler station last accepted passengers back in 1930!
However Berwick-upon-Tweed is served by the East Coast mainline. These high-speed modern trains link to Edinburgh (45mins), London Kings Cross (3.5hr) and York (2hr). Cross country trains also run direct to Glasgow (2hr), Birmingham (4.25hr) and Bristol (6hr).
From Berwick you can travel to Wooler on one of the above buses, or get a local taxi (pre-book from the options below and expect to pay about £30 for the half hour trip). Car rental is another option, or you can cycle from Berwick to Wooler in about 1.5 hours. East Coast and Cross Country inter-city trains carry bikes for free but you should reserve a space in advance.
Some trains serve Alnmouth instead which is another option, albeit further from Wooler. The closest station to Wooler, Chathill, is small and only served by a very limited commuter service from Newcastle. County town Morpeth is also served by a train service, but Berwick-upon-Tweed station will be the better option for most rail travellers to Wooler. Make sure you plan to “Berwick-upon-Tweed [BWK]” and not the similarly named Berwick in Sussex.
An excellent local taxi service is provided by Des Hood – 07585 462212. Ron’s Taxis are a common sight in Wooler, and can be booked on 01668 281281 or 07778 543907. Another option is Border Village Taxi – 01668 216360 or 07765 791348. All will provide station pick-ups from Berwick-upon-Tweed if booked in advance, with multi-seaters available.
Wooler is a fair distance from any air connections – with the closest two major airports being Newcastle (60 mins) and Edinburgh (90 mins)
“Gateway to the Cheviots”
Wooler sits close to the vast, empty expanse of the Northumberland National Park, and is justly known as the “Gateway to the Cheviots”. These hills have been tempting walkers and campers from far and wide to travel to Wooler for more than a hundred years. Wooler’s history is fascinating and for many it also remains “a refuge from the hurry and scurry of modern life”.