A shorter version of our hill walk with stunning views, visiting two hillforts.

JANUARY 2021 – Due to Timber Harvesting works a short section at the start of the route has been diverted. Please follow the signed footpath diversion. Also please adhere to all warning signs.

A half day hill walk with stunning views, visiting two hillforts. The hilltops can be very exposed in poor weather so please wear good walking boats, take warm waterproof clothing with you and refreshments.

The hills here are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and are protected by law from all forms of deliberate damage.

Please respect this ancient landscape and leave the stones as you find them. To protect wildlife and farm animals, please keep your dog on a lead/under close control at all times.

Look out for the Hillfort Trail waymarkers on this walk.

Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Moderate
Walk distance
2.5 miles / 4km
Walk duration
2.5 hours
Location
The Cheviots
Recommended OS Map
O.S. Explorer OL16 The Cheviot Hills
Accessible
Yes
Dog friendly
Yes

Step by step route

1. Start

From the Bulby's Wood car park, cross the road and follow the path signed ‘Brough Law ¾’. At the top of the slope turn right and continue on uphill.

2. Carry on following the wide grassy path

Carry on following the wide grassy path to the top of the hill.

3. Continue straight ahead to the top of the Brough Law Hillfort

At the corner of the plantation the path splits, continue straight ahead to the top of the Brough Law Hillfort.

Take some time to explore the hillfort and take in the views. Brough Law Hillfort has massive stone walls that have tumbled, but the ruins show the scale of the original ramparts.

When you have finished exploring retrace your steps back to where you entered the hillfort.

4. From the hillfort entrance turn right

From the hillfort entrance turn right and follow the narrow path round the outside of the hillfort. At the junction turn right and continue along the wide grassy track.

5. At the junction turn left

At the junction turn left and continue to follow the track ahead.

6. Cross the old boundary wall and turn left

Cross the old boundary wall and turn left, continue to follow the old wall, passing the large stone on your right, and then head downhill to Turf Knowe.

7. Turn right up to Turf Knowe

Once you have finished exploring around here continue straight ahead and down to join the wide grassy path (during the summer months this path can be difficult to find because of the bracken).

8. On joining the wide grassy path turn left

On joining the wide grassy path turn left. Follow this downhill until you join the stone track, turn left onto the narrow grassy path and carry on.

Ingram Hill Hillfort is the lowest lying hillfort in the Breamish Valley, and contains the remains of stone buildings which were added long after the hillfort was built.

9. Turn left onto the stone track

Turn left onto the stone track and follow this down to the valley road. On reaching the valley road turn left and walk back to the car park.

Walk route

Getting there

The Starting Point for the walk is Bulby’s Wood Car Park in the Breamish Valley.

Grid Ref – NU007163

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The Breamish Valley is very easy to get to if you are travelling either from the south or from the Scottish Borders.

Travelling from Newcastle, follow the A1 north and turn off onto the A697 to Coldstream and Wooler. Stay on the A697 until you see the sign to Breamish Valley, just north of Powburn. Journey Time from Newcastle to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 1 hour.

Travelling from The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, either take the scenic route across to Rothbury to join the A697, or drive along the A69 to the A1.  Journey Time from The Sill to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Travelling from Coldstream, follow the A697 south until you see the sign to Breamish Valley, just north of Powburn. Journey Time from Coldstream to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 40 minutes.

Journey Time from Edinburgh to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.