Because of its siuation on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, by the Cheviot Hills, Wooler is a popular base for walkers and is referred to as the "Gateway to the Cheviots". As well as many shops and pubs, and four churches, the town boasts a youth hostel, many hotels and campsites. It lies on the St. Cuthbert's Way long distance trail between Melrose Abbey and Lindisfarne.
The parish of Branxton lies in north of Glendale, close to the Scottish border. The name Branxton derives from a personal name 'Brannoc'. It seems to have had a very quiet history until the 16th century, lying as it does off the beaten track. The only exceptions were periodic raids by the Scots with the earliest recorded incident in 1340. Branxton is famous in British history as the scene of a battle in 1513 which is now commonly called the Battle of Flodden.
Lying in picturesque Glendale near the Cheviot Hills, Chatton is a small rural village. It is set in a parish of the same name and is situated in the River Till valley. Chatton's geographical location is 5 miles southwest of Belford and 5 miles east of Wooler.