Please follow the Countryside Code.
• Check the weather forecast before you leave and don’t be afraid to turn back
• Guard against all risks of fire, especially in forest areas. Do not light any fires and please ensure that all matches are well extinguished before dropping them.
• Don’t damage or remove rocks, plants or trees – they are homes and food for insects, birds, and animals.
• Litter can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals – take rubbish home with you
Keep your dog under close control, especially near stock
• Consider others – drive carefully on country lanes and give way to walkers when you’re on a bike.
• Please leave all property and gates as you find them
Please be aware Cheviot is a sensitive area for ground-nesting birds including Golden Plover and Dunlin as well as Red Grouse so ideally avoid the breeding season (April-Aug). Dogs should be kept on leads during the bird breeding season. The College Valley Estate have walked up grouse shooting days in September on Cheviot so the best time to complete the walk is in October.
As part of the management of the SSSI moorland prescribed burning of the dry heath habitat takes place in agreement with Natural England so you may see estate staff undertaking small fires during the legal burning season between mid-October and mid-April. If anyone sees a fire outside these dates or an unattended fire during the Burning Season it may be a wildfire and the Fire & Rescue Service should be notified giving a grid reference and as much detail as possible.