Hethas

Enjoy a short walk to two of the hillforts in the College Valley. The climb up to Great Hetha is well worth the effort for the views into the Cheviots.

Technical sheet
No. 2821819
A Kirknewton walk posted on 19/12/19 by Northumberland National Park. Update : 20/12/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h40[?]
Distance Distance : 2.52mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 699ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 699ft
Highest point Highest point : 1086ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 417ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Kirknewton
Starting point Starting point : N 55.545894° / W 2.169794°
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Description

(D/A) From the car park, turn left and walk along the College Valley road.

(1) At the fingerpost signed ‘Great Hetha’, leave the road and follow the path up to the right. At the corner of the plantation turn right and follow the fence uphill.

(2) At the junction take the left fork and follow the path to the top of Great Hetha.

(3) When you have finished exploring the site leave through the gap in the ramparts on the west side of the hillfort. Follow the path downhill to the ladder stile.

(4) Cross the ladder stile and turn right along the path to Little Hetha.

(5) Return to the ladder stile, cross back over and continue straight ahead along the track.

(2) Once back at the plantation retrace your route down the hill and along the road back to the car park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Car park
1 : mi 0.41 - alt. mi 0.41 - Fingerpost
2 : mi 0.7 - alt. mi 0.7 - Junction
3 : mi 1.04 - alt. mi 1.04 - Great Hetha
4 : mi 1.38 - alt. mi 1.38 - Ladder stile
5 : mi 1.46 - alt. mi 1.46 - Little Hetha
D/A : mi 2.52 - alt. mi 2.52 - Car park

Useful Information

The College Valley is situated in North Northumberland on the northern edge of the Cheviot Hills, an area of renowned beauty. The estate extends to some 12,000 acres and lies entirely within the Northumberland National Park.

Getting there
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.

And then…

Follow the road, which turns left at 90 degrees at the end of the farm and again at the bottom of the hill leading into the valley where the road to Throwupburn and Elsdonburn goes off to the right. Soon after this, you will pass a turn to your left – which is the drive to Hethpool House and a row of cottages on your right with a sharp right hand bend at the corner of them, this is Hethpool. Go straight on across the next cattle grid and the car park is on your left.

Please note: if you wish to drive further up the valley you will need a car permit from the College Valley Estate.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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