Humbleton Hill

A three-mile walk from Wooler takes you out of the town, passing through the quiet hamlet of Humbleton. From here you are able to join the hillfort trail which climbs steadily to the top of Humbleton Hill.

One of a series of impressive Cheviot hillforts, second in size to Yeavering Bell, the impressive remains include a central ‘citadel’ which contains the remains of a series of hut scoops and an outer encloser.

Humbleton Hill and the surrounding area have been shaped by glaciers. During glacial periods in northern England, the ice was thought to have been a mile high. Water at the base would have been under great pressure and scoured out the ground below. The Trows to the south of Humbleton Hill show the result of this action well.

 

 

The Battle of Homildon Hill

Near Humbleton is the site of the Battle Homildon Hill where Harry ‘Hotspur’ Percy and the Earl of March routed a Scottish army with the longbow in September 1402.

It was one of the most significant defeats of the Middles Ages. In this one battle the Scots lost a great number of gentry and about 1,000 men to the superior tactics and weapons of the English.

Read more about the Battle of Homildon Hill here.