Humbleton Hillfort

Starting and end in Wooler, enjoy a half-day family walk to the top of Humbleton Hill Iron Age Hillfort, with stunning views of the Cheviot Hills.

The full walk is 4.6miles, there is a shorter alternative of 4.25miles.

The hilltop is exposed in poor weather so wear walking boots and take warm waterproof clothing with you.

To protect wildlife and farm animals, please keep your dog under control/on a lead at all times.

Walk overview

Walk difficulty
Moderate
Walk distance
4.5 miles / 7.2km
Walk duration
3.5 hours
Location
The Cheviots
Recommended OS Map
O.S. Explorer OL16 The Cheviot Hills
Accessible
No
Dog friendly
Yes

Step by step route

From the bus station in the centre of Wooler

From the bus station in the centre of Wooler, turn right along the High Street, bearing left along Burnhouse Road, leaving the town behind.

After passing Highburn House Caravan and Camping Park

After passing Highburn House Caravan and Camping Park, turn left along the public footpath signed ‘Humbleton’. Cross the field and continue through the gates.

On joining the lane turn left

On joining the lane turn left, continue uphill passing through the hamlet of Humbleton.

Turn left along the track

At the junction, turn left along the track.

Turn right off the track along the bridleway

Turn right off the track along the bridleway, signposted ‘Gleadscleugh’. Cross the stile and walk straight on past the ponds.

At the junction bear left and follow the path

At the junction bear left and follow the path which runs alongside the fence. Cross the stile and continue along the track which climbs steadily around the hill.

As you follow this path round you get good views over to Monday Cleugh and Harehope Hill.

Turn left uphill and cross the stile

Where the track forks near a gate, turn left uphill and cross the stile. Continue to follow the well-worn footpath as it climbs up to the summit of Humbleton Hill.

From the summit cairn, retrace your steps

From the summit cairn, retrace your steps a little way and turn left through the gap in the stone ramparts. Continue downhill on the grassy path to the gate.

At the gate you have a choice

At the gate you have a choice. You can either go through the gate and turn left heading back down to re-join your route up from Wooler.

Alternatively go through the gate and turn right and continue up the hill along the track.

Pass through a gate

Pass through a gate, and after 40m turn left and through another gate. Continue downhill towards the trees ahead.

Continue on through a gate

Continue on through a gate, into the woods and down the path to Wooler Common.

Turn left at the bottom of the hill

Turn left at the bottom of the hill to follow Forest England’s hand railed path with Humbleton Burn and ponds on your right.

When the surfaced path curves round to the right

When the surfaced path curves round to the right, continue straight ahead along a clear grassy path, to cross the burn and join the road.

Turn left along the Common Road

Turn left along the Common Road which becomes Ramsey’s Lane and leads you back to Wooler.

Turn left onto the High Street

Turn left onto the High Street and back to the Bus Station.

Walk route

Getting there

Towards the North of the County, Wooler is best accessed via the A697 that runs from the A1 at Morpeth to the South and Coldstream in the Scottish borders to the North.

There is a public car park alongside the bus station in the centre of the town, the postcode for your Sat Nav is NE71 6BY.