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Stunning scenery and ancient history

Cheviot Hills

Cheviot and Harthope Valley in Northumberland National Park by Brian Rogers.

The Cheviot and Harthope Valley. Photo by Brian Rogers.

Millions of years ago, lava cooled to form the distinctive rounded Cheviot Hills, which are full of hidden delights. Check out the dramatic waterfall of Linhope Spout or tucked-away ponds of Wooler Common. And which hardy walker could resist the lure of The Cheviot, Northumberland’s highest point?

Prehistory is at hand at Yeavering Bell. The routes of ancient cattle drovers are now bridleways for mountain bikers and horse riders. Or you can follow tradition and head for a picnic and a paddle in the Breamish Valley or romantically-named Harthope Valley. If you’re lucky, you’ll see otters in the shallow rivers while you tuck in to lunch on the riverbank.

Did you know?

The circular stone walls in the Cheviot Hills are called ‘stells’. Sheep use them in winter to shelter from high winds and snowdrifts.

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