Our good friend Geoff Holland from Cheviot Walks has some great suggestions for walking in the National Park this summer.
The days have lengthened, wild bilberry spreads out across lonely hillsides, tiny patches of cloudberry show off their pale red fruits and the golden spires of bog asphodel reach skywards. Soon, the heather will be in full flower, a short-lived purple spectacular which fills the air with the sweet smell of honey. Now is the time to rise at the crack of dawn, to head for the high hills of the Northumberland National Park and to make the most of the long days of summer.
Follow the twisting, single track road out of Alwinton as it shadows the beautiful River Coquet on one of the most scenic journeys in Northumberland and, some 9 miles later, you will reach a small car parking next to Buckham’s Walls Burn. This marks the start of our website walk called, `ROMAN CONNECTIONS & THE BORDER LINE` a rollercoaster route over seven of the loneliest hills in the area.
Passing within earshot of the Roman military complex of Chew Green you will enjoy faraway views over an ocean of little-known hills as you head towards Woden Law, the location of an Iron Age hillfort and once used by the Romans for military siege practice. This is border country soaked to the skin in history.
If this walk is a little on the long side, then why not try our route, `THE ELSDON BURN BORDER ROUND`, a modest enough 10 miles in length and an excellent walk for those looking for a more leisurely long day out in the hills.
Starting close to the picturesque Hethpool in the College Valley, this absolutely unique walk initially follows the route of the National Park`s signposted `Hillforts Trail` heading over White Law, Haddon Hill and hillfort-topped Ring Chesters. Here, you will leave the signposted trail behind as you make your way towards the border and the grass-carpeted, panorama-packed White Law and its equally outstanding west top. Eventually, you will need to turn for home and the one remaining hill on your itinerary, hillfort-crowned Great Hetha. From here it is literally all downhill and the end of a memorable day out in England`s most northerly National Park.
There are a plethora of other walks on our website which will suit walkers of varying degrees of fitness. Take a look, you will not be disappointed. However, there is one walk which you will not find anywhere on our website, a walk which visits some of the wildest, highest and least-visited parts of Northumberland`s premier hill, the muckle Cheviot. It is a tough route which tests both stamina and navigational skills and it is one which constantly reminds me of all that is best about the Cheviot Hills.