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The Roman Camp at Chew Green Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.8 miles / 9.4 km
Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference NT794085
Lat 55.3700550 + Long -2.3265722
Postcode NE65 7BX (approx. location only)
The Cheviot hills are amongst the wildest parts of England with only limited access by road to this part of the Northumberland National Park. This walk includes the Roman Camp at Chew Green and the Roman Signal Station a short distance to the north. The start is the small car park at Chew Green (grid ref. NT794085) at the head of Upper Coquetdale. The journey into the start provides a taste of the scenery to be enjoyed during the walk. From Rothbury take the B6341 through Thropton and after 2 miles take the minor road to Alwinton. From here follow the 'no through road' up Upper Coquetdale for just over 10 miles to Chew Green.
After parking walk west towards the Roman Camp at Chew Green to pick up the Pennine Way at grid ref. NT791084. Turn right onto the Pennine Way with the remains of the Roman Camp on your left. Continue north following the Pennine Way until your reach the border fence (grid ref. NT790095). A short diversion across the fence into Scotland will allow you explore the remains of the old Roman Signal Station which occupies a position with a wide ranging view across the border into Scotland.
Leave the Pennine Way at this point and take the path initially heading NE but soon swinging ENE to the Dodd. In approximately 600 metres from the border fence you join a bridleway heading towards Deel's Hill. The onward route follows a similar heading and descends across wild country to the road Buckham's Bridge (grid ref. NT824107). Turn right along the road back to Chew green and the parking area.