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Enjoyed by Sir Walter Scott and Daniel Defoe

Harthope Valley

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A favourite with bird watchers

Hedgehope Hill in Northumberland National Park by Alison Jeffery.

A sunny day on Hedgehope Hill.

Feel like some fresh air? Try a walk up the dome-shaped Hedgehope Hill.

At 714 metres, it’s the second highest point in Northumberland National Park.

It’s a steep climb to the top, but has some breathtaking views of Scotland and the Northumberland coastline.


Harthope Valley in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

An autumnal looking Harthope Valley. Photo by David Taylor.

Harthope Valley is the starting point for many inspiring walks up onto the Cheviot Hills.

It lies south west of Wooler.

The contrast of low-level burns and high hills around it give it drama and wildness.

It’s a favourite spot for birdwatchers and walkers alike.

The three highest Cheviot Hills lie in the upper reaches of Harthope Burn.

From Langleeford, there is a steady climb up the Cheviot, which is Northumberland’s highest hill at 815m.

Did you know?

The very steep entrance to the valley is along the road up a hill called Skirl Naked.

Getting There


Car: You can reach Harthope Valley by travelling along the A697 from the A1.

  • This is a pretty valley, particularly in autumn when bracken, the dominant vegetation turns russet and gold.
  • The valley has always attracted walkers as visitors, most notably the eminent 18th Century writers Sir Walter Scott (pictured) and Daniel Defoe.
  • The burn that runs along the bottom of the valley is fringed with alder woodland with wide grassy areas alongside, making it an ideal place on your walk for a picnic spot.
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