An area enjoyed by Sir Walter Scott and Daniel Defoe
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. Here, you might spot an adder on the track, or birds such as curlews, stonechats, meadow pipits, whinchats, skylarks, buzzards and possibly merlins.
There are no villages in the valley, just isolated farms accessed by the single road, which climbs as high as Langleeford. 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.