Walking In The Cheviot Hills
Published: Thursday 12th May 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Millions of years ago, lava cooled following a volcano eruption to form the distinctive, rounded Cheviot Hills. These hills dominate the northern end of the Northumberland National Park and they are full of hidden delights that are awaiting your discovery.
The Cheviot Hills are easily reached from the nearby Grace Darling Holiday cottages. These cottages also conveniently provide a very welcome and comfortable retreat after a long day of exploring.
Visiting these hills allows people to check out the dramatic waterfall of Linhope Spout that tumbles 18 meters down a rock face to the plunge pool below, or visit the tucked away ponds of Wooler Common.
Prehistory is at hand at Yeavering Bell, on which you will find the remains of the largest Iron Age hillfort in the region. The routes of ancient cattle drovers are now bridleways for mountain bikers and horse riders in the College Valley.
Many visitors to the Cheviot Hills follow tradition and head for a picnic and a paddle in the Breamish Valley.
It is safe to say the Cheviot Hills form a back drop for a true outdoor activity paradise.
Below are a few circular routes that allow you to spend some time wandering in and around these majestic places.
- Linhope Spout
Distance: 3 miles
Time: 2 hours
Linhope Spout is a 60ft waterfall that is a great spot for a family picnic. Red Squirrels can be seen on the way up to the Spout if you are lucky. If you are not lucky then you can always look to the floor to see the Scots Pine Cones on the floor showing evidence that they have been nearby to feed.
- Humbleton Hillfort
Distance: 4 miles
Time: at least 2 hours
This is a walk through time that takes you from the market time of Wooler, through 2000 years of its past, to the top of Humbleton Hill. This walk will provide you with exhilarating panoramic views of The Milfield Plain and beyond.
- Kilham Walk
Distance: 3.5 miles
Time: at least 2.5 hours
This walking route follows part of the old Alnwick to Cornhill railway. The route climbs a wooded hillside, and then goes steeply upwards to the top of Kilham Hill for one of the most breath-taking views in Northumberland National Park.
Distance: various routes
Time: at least 2 hours
Explore the site of the famous Anglo-Scottish battle which took place in 1513 and was the scene where 14000 men perished in just a few hours. There are interpretation panels around the trail to describe how it all happened.
- Chillingham Park
Distance: 6 miles
Time: 4 hours
The Chillingham Estate is home to the unique herd of 60 Chillingham cattle which roam freely in the 134ha wooded park. The path leads around the parkland and this enables walkers to see the cattle while staying safe.
Also along this route, walkers will discover an area of open land at Ros Castle and an Iron Age hillfort standing on the highest hill in the area.
This is a more challenging walk as the path is, in some places, steep, uneven and remote.