The Cheviot & Auchope Cairn from Langleeford
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
|Ordnance Survey Explorer OL16
|Anquet OS Explorer OL16
Walk Route Description
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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.
Other walks nearby
|Cushat Law and Bloodybush Edge from Hartside
|Great Hetha and Elsdon Burn from Hethpool
|Blackhaggs Rigg & Great Hetha from Hethpool
|Hethpool, Sutherland Bridge & Great Hetha
|Elsdonburn & Trowupburn from Hethpool
|An introduction to the Breamish Valley
|Circuit of Doddington Moor
|Black Hag from Kirk Yetholm
Recommended Books & eBooks
Hadrian's Wall Path
Hadrians Wall Path guidebook to walk the 84 mile National Trail. Described in both directions, the main description is west to east between Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend, Newcastle, with extensions to Maryport and South Shields. With extensive historical information related to this World Heritage site and separate 1:25,000 OS map booklet included.
Walking in Northumberland
This guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for 36 day walks in Northumberland including the Cheviot Hills. The terrain varies from wild walks and craggy ascents to gentle riverside strolls. Each route ranges from 4 to 16 miles in length and there is the opportunity to link several walks together to create longer treks.