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The Cheviot & Auchope Cairn from Langleeford

Northumberland Walk

Nat Park - Northumberland

County/Area - Northumberland County

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 10.0 miles / 16.3 km    Ascent - 2200 feet / 667 metres

Time - 7 hours 10 minutes    Grade - mod/hard

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Cheviot & Auchope Cairn from Langleeford
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This walk to The Cheviot's summit starts from Langleeford. The Cheviot does not have an inspiring summit so a short diversion to the Auchope Cairn from where an outstanding view across a sea of hills can be enjoyed. The walk follows a good path to Scald Hill from where the route continues to The Cheviot. From here the Pennine Way is followed over Cairn Hill to reach Auchope Hill. The descent returns to Cairn Hill from where a pleasant walk beside the Harthope Burn leads back to the start.

The start is the roadside parking (grid ref. NT953225) on the south side of the minor road from Wooler about 600 metres before Langleeford. After parking continue along the road for 200 metres and turn right on the path (signed Scald Hill & Cheviot). Bear left to join a track climbing up the hillside. Cross a stile (grid ref. NT940222) and continue uphill on the good path over grass. Reaching a fence, turn left and with the fence on your right continue to Scald Hill.

Continue following the fence descending through a wet area to start the ascent again. Cross the ladder stile and with the fence now on your left follow paved path to the summit of The Cheviot. Despite being the highest point in the Northumberland National Park the view is disappointing and limited. Continue along the Pennine Way over Cairn Hill, staying with the Pennine Way to reach a fence junction and the Scottish Border (grid ref. NT896194). Continue north-west to reach Auchope Cairn and enjoy the view.

Start the return by walking back to Cairn Hill. Turn right over the stile and descend with fence right down towards Scotsman's Knowe (grid ref. NT905190). Bear left down into the Harthope Burn valley. The path follows the Burn down into the valley although in places the path is quite feint. Just before reaching Langleeford Hope (grid ref. NT932208) you join a clear track which is followed back to the road at Langleeford. The start is a short walk along the road.

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