A lovely family walk to Hethpool Linn, a dramatic waterfall on the College Burn, returning along St Cuthbert’s Way - we can’t guarantee it, but a good vantage point to see the wild Cheviot goats.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the car park turn right and walk along the road. As the road bears to the left, go through the gate on the right and follow the track signed ‘St Cuthbert’s Way’ down the hill to the stile on the left. Cross the stile and follow the path through the field to the wicket gate in the wall ahead.
(1) Go through the gate and continue on, cross the boardwalk and bear right up to the corner of the fence, keep the fence on the left and carry on to the next stile. Cross the stile and the footbridge and continue straight on along the path, with the wall on the right. At the junction take the path down to the bridge.
(2) Once over the bridge turn left, cross the stile and turn right up the hill. As the path bears off to the left continue straight ahead to the gate in the deer fence.
(3) To increase your chance of seeing the wild goats follow the narrow path down to the left through the gorse. Cross over the burn, go up the other side and over the stile. Continue along St Cuthbert’s Way for a short distance and look for the goats on the lower slopes of Easter Tor on your right. Retrace your steps back to the stile.
(3) Once through the gate turn right and join the well worn track over the hill, recently planted with trees. This section of the walk follows St Cuthbert’s Way. Take your time along this path and look up to your left to the lower slopes of Wester Tor. This is usually a good spot to see the wild Cheviot goats too.
(4) Go through the gate in the deer fence and follow the track through the recently felled area. On leaving this enclosure, follow the rough track downhill to the bridge over the College Burn. Turn right over the bridge and follow the road back to the hamlet of Hethpool and the car park. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 430ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.46 - alt. 377ft - Gate
2 : mi 0.72 - alt. 384ft - Bridge
3 : mi 0.93 - alt. 430ft - Gate
4 : mi 1.83 - alt. 449ft - Gate
D/A : mi 2.47 - alt. 430ft - Car park
Terrain : Road, tracks and footpaths - can be muddy during the autumn and winter months
Getting there : From Wooler: Follow the A697 north outof Wooler for approx 2.5 miles. At Akeld turn left onto the B6351, signed ‘Kirknewton.’Continue along this road for 3.5 miles, passing Kirknewton and on to Westnewton.Turn left here onto the single track road,signed ‘Hethpool’. Continue along this singletrack road for 1.75 miles. Just beyondHethpool the car park is on the left.
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Wooler 8 miles east, is a small town and gateway to the Cheviot Hills, making it an ideal base for walking and cycling. Wooler Tourist Information Centre, with free WiFi, is packed with information on what to do, where to go and where to stay in and around north Northumberland. NE71 6BL April to October - Open every day. November to April - Monday to Saturday. https://www.visitwooler.org/
Kirk Yetholm 9 miles to the west, is a small village. The Border Hotel is also a National Park Information Point. Open daily for meals and drink, it also offers accommodation. TD5 8PQ
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