The Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park\n© Simon Fraser

19 June 2008

New walk in the Breamish Valley

At 615 metres above sea level Cushat Law is the fifth highest of the Cheviot Hills and is known affectionately as 'The Monarch of Kidland'. It dominates the Upper Breamish Valley and commands fine views from its grass covered summit.

Less than two miles to the west, stands the 610 metre high Bloodybush Edge, the sixth highest of the Cheviot Hills.

Entitled, 'High Hills and the Salter's Road', the latest walk to be added to the website crosses both of these hills on a high level, 11¾ mile circular journey from Hartside Farm in the Beamish Valley. After passing through the tiny hamlet of Linhope, the walk crosses the heights of Rig Cairn and High Cantle before dropping into the quiet Upper Breamish Valley.

Here it joins the Salter's Road, a cross-Cheviot route once used by traders for the transport of salt from the North Sea coast to Scotland, before climbing to the summits of Bloodybush Edge and Cushat Law. The walk then descends the rounded Bush Knowe before returning to Hartside Farm via Scaud Knowe and Alnhammoor.

The website, which is now in its third year online, is operated by Monkseaton based outdoor writer Geoff Holland, whose work has appeared in 'The Northumbrian', 'Country Walking' and 'The Great Outdoors (TGO)' magazines. He is also author of the popular 2007-published book of walks, 'The Cheviot Hills'.

Commenting on the ongoing success of the website, Geoff said, “This unique online resource for walking in the Cheviot Hills now contains 26 easy to follow self-guided walks together with a selection of related articles and more than 140 photographs. The walks are packed with interesting facts about the area and all material is free to download.”

To date the website has attracted more 107,000 website visits from users both within and outside the region. On launching the latest walk Geoff said, “We strive to offer walkers a range of interesting routes which either cross little visited summits or approach familiar hills from slightly different angles. The walks make use of the 'right to roam' legislation wherever appropriate and, with further walks planned for the coming months, we are confident that we will continue to attract new website users“.

For more information about this news release contact Geoff Holland direct by e-mail:


Duncan Wise, Visitor Development and Marketing Manager
Northumberland National Park Authority

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