A family friendly walk with wild Cheviot goats and a waterfall

A lovely family walk to Hethpool Linn, a dramatic waterfall on the College Burn, returning along St Cuthbert’s Way – we can’t guarantee it, but a good vantage point to see the wild Cheviot goats.

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Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Walk distance
2 miles / 3.2km
Walk duration
1.5 hours
The Cheviots
Recommended OS Map
OS OL16 1:25000 The Cheviot Hills
Dog friendly

Step by step route

From Hethpool car park

From Hethpool car park, turn right and walk along the road. As the road bears to the left, go through the gate on the right and follow the track signed St Cuthbert’s Way down the hill to the stile on the left. Cross the stile and follow the path through the field to the wicket gate in the wall ahead.

Go through the gate and continue on

Go through the gate and continue on, cross the boardwalk and bear right up to the corner of the fence, keep the fence on the left and carry on to the next stile. Cross the stile and the footbridge and continue straight on along the path, with the wall on the right. At the junction, take the path down to the bridge.

Over the bridge

Once over the bridge, turn left, cross the stile and turn right up the hill. As the path bears off to the left, continue straight ahead to the gate in the deer fence.

* To increase your chance of seeing the wild goats, follow the narrow path down to the left through the gorse. Cross over the burn; go up the other side and over the stile. Continue along St Cuthbert’s Way for a short distance and look for the goats on the lower slopes of Easter Tor on your right. Retrace your steps back to the stile.

Once through the gate

Once through the gate, turn right and join the well worn track over the hill, recently planted with trees. This section of the walk follows St Cuthbert’s Way. Take your time along this path and look up to your left to the lower slopes of Westor Tor. This is usually a good spot to see the wild Cheviot goats too.

Go through the gate in the deer fence

Go through the gate in the deer fence and follow the track through the recently felled area. On leaving this enclosure, follow the rough track downhill to the bridge over College Burn. Turn right over the bridge and follow the road back to the hamlet of Hethpool and the car park.

Walk route

Getting there

Start from Hethpool Car Park

Short grid reference: NT 894 280

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From the South:

Leave the A1 for the A697 north of Morpeth, signed for Coldstream. Stay on the road until a couple of miles north of Wooler; at Akeld buildings there is a left turn signposted to Kirknewton and Yetholm. Turn left and follow the road for three miles. Go through Kirknewton and over the little bridge, just after the bridge there are some cottages on the left. At the end of the cottages turn left, signposted to Hethpool.

From Wooler: Follow the A697 north out of Wooler for approx 2.5 miles.

At Akeld turn left onto the B6351, signed ‘Kirknewton.’ Continue along this road for 3.5 miles, passing Kirknewton and on to Westnewton. Turn left here onto the single track road, signed ‘Hethpool’.

Continue along this single track road for 1.75 miles. Just beyond Hethpool the car park is on the left.