Hethpool Linn and Yeavering Bell

A lovely walk to Hethpool Linn waterfall, on the College Burn, then a climb up Yeavering Bell (Hill of the Goats) with a chance to spot some wild Cheviot goats.

Technical sheet
No. 2821448
A Kirknewton walk posted on 19/12/19 by Northumberland National Park. Update : 20/12/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.41mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1385ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1388ft
Highest point Highest point : 1129ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 197ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Kirknewton
Starting point Starting point : N 55.566259° / W 2.138126°
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(D/A) Start from outside the Village Hall, turn left along the main road. Cross over the road bridge, and take the footpath on the left, (signed ‘Hethpool’) crossing over the stile. Follow the path up the field to the ladder stile on the left.

(1) Cross the stile and turn right. Follow the track down to the haughland (flat grassland beside a river). Turn right along the haughland, after approx 200m the path bears right away from the river. Go through a gateway and follow the track uphill, then through a gate at the top of the bank, and over to a ladder stile in the wall ahead.

(2) Go over the stile and follow the path as it contours around the hill just above the trees on your left. Cross the stile into the woodland, and walk down the well worn path. At the bottom of the hill turn right and carry on, keeping the fence on the left, to reach a stile.

(3) Cross the stile, turn right and carry on up a gentle slope and over another stile. Continue on for a short distance, at the junction turn left taking the path down to the footbridge. Hethpool Linn waterfall is well worth taking a look at.

(4) Cross the footbridge, and turn left. Go over the stile and turn right uphill.

(5) At the junction turn left, (you are now on St Cuthbert’s Way) follow the path down through the gorse, over the burn, up the other side and over the stile. Look out for the wild Cheviot goats here, they offer no threat to walkers if left alone. Continue uphill along the grassy path to the square stone stell (a roofless stone shelter for sheep). Join the farm track and follow it uphill to the wooded area. Carry on along this track through the trees and past Torleehouse.

(6) Continue along the track, just before the dry stone wall and cattle grid turn right up to the field gate. Once through the gate follow the track to the ladder stile. Cross the stile and turn right and continue up the well worn path.

(7) At the junction turn left along the footpath signed ‘Yeavering Bell.’ Follow the path down through the heather. Cross the burn and keep to the obvious path as it winds its way to the summit of Yeavering Bell.

(8) Explore within the tumbled ramparts of Yeavering Bell hillfort. Here are the remains of the largest Iron Age hillfort in Northumberland. At the bottom of the hillfort, the Anglo-Saxon kings of Northumbria maintained a grand palace (Gefrin). Much earlier, Neolithic people had a temple here. Yeavering Bell hillfort today consists of a tumbled stone rampart, originally up to 2.5 metres high, which encloses an area of 5.6 hectares, within which are the still visible outlines of about 125 timber-built roundhouses.

(9) Walk to the opposite side of the hillfort and go through the large gap in the stone ramparts. Bear left to zig zag down the hill following the well worn path (take care it is quite steep here). Cross the stile and follow the path alongside the wall down to the next stile. Once over this stile continue on through the field turning left to join the farm track which leads towards the hamlet of Old Yeavering.

(10) Cross the ladder stile, and turn left up the road and away from Old Yeavering.

(11) After the second cattle grid leaves the road and turn right over the ladder stile. Continue up the field to the gateway in the wall. Go through the gate and turn right onto the grassy track. Keep to this track and follow it downhill to the stile by the road. Cross the stile and turn left along the road back to Kirknewton. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 203ft - Parking
1 : mi 0.62 - alt. 240ft - Stile
2 : mi 1.12 - alt. 344ft - Ladder stile
3 : mi 1.61 - alt. 351ft - Stile
4 : mi 1.73 - alt. 394ft - Hethpool Linn waterfall
5 : mi 1.94 - alt. 420ft - Stile
6 : mi 2.84 - alt. 564ft - Dry stone wall
7 : mi 3.48 - alt. 945ft - Junction
8 : mi 4.01 - alt. 961ft - Yeavering Bell
9 : mi 4.26 - alt. 1060ft - Large gap in the stone ramparts
10 : mi 4.97 - alt. 262ft - Old Yeavering
11 : mi 5.54 - alt. 512ft - Cattle grid
D/A : mi 6.41 - alt. 203ft - Parking

Useful Information

Parking & Toilets: Kirknewton Village Hall - please park considerately

Local Services: Milfield and Wooler

Terrain: Roads, tracks and footpaths, stiles and footbridges. Steep descent down from Yeavering Bell

Directions - To the walk start point
From Wooler: Follow the A697 north out of Wooler for approximately 2.5 miles. At Akeld turn left onto the B6351. Kirknewton is 3 miles down this road. Please park considerately at or near to the Village Hall, and do not block gates or the road.

Public Transport Information
T: 0871 2002233

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

During the walk or to do/see around

Local facilities:
Millfield, 8 miles north of Kirknewton is a small village on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. A National Park Information Point can be found at Cafe Maelmin in the village. It is open all day serving coffee and cakes, meals and snacks, beers and wines. NE71 6JD

Wooler, 8 miles east of Kirknewton, is a small town and the gateway to the Cheviot Hills, making it an ideal base for walking and cycling. Wooler Tourist Information Centre is in the Cheviot Centre, has free WiFi and is packed with information on what to do, where to go and places to stay. NE71 6BL

Wildlife to look out for
See if you can spot the wild Cheviot goats roaming the surrounding hills; they can usually be seen near to Yeavering Bell. Please keep dogs on a lead when in the vicinity of the goats and other livestock. These goats live a totally wild existence, they are shaggy coated and long horned and are hardier than modern breeds!

You may also see hares lying low in the long grass as you walk up the hillside. Kestrel is often hovering overhead, whilst buzzard circle high in the sky. Skylark, curlew and lapwing can all be heard and can be seen flying over the hills. Gorse covers the sunny slopes of many hills in this area for most of the year. Its bright yellow flowers smell of coconut!

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 06 Jan 2020 10:49:40 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 06/01/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

We got lost on the way down trying to follow the instructions. They were unclear. We were also following some other people doing the same walk. We met them at the bottom, they had the same issue and also got lost trying to get down.

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