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The Cheviot

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Recommended by 15 out of 15 hikers

The highest ground in the Northumberland National Park and England’s highest point outside Cumbria, the Cheviot boasts the sort of atmospheric, wild character that gets under your skin and has you pining for more. Hikes to the Cheviot take you to quintessential border country, an untamed giant on the frontier between two historic nations.


It has a special resonance amongst lovers of England’s hills and mountains. It is the final objective on the epic Pennine Way Trail. Thousands of enraptured but weary trekkers end their pilgrimage here every year. The Cheviot is hallowed ground.


A wild borderland giant with atmosphere so thick you can chew it


Born of an ancient volcanic past, today the Cheviot is long extinct. Its gradual slopes are covered by peat bogs. Millstone slabs pave the way, saving the precious bog from erosion and, in turn, making for a safer ascent. Regardless, waterproof boots are recommended.


To the north of the summit are the remains of a B-17 bomber, which crashed here due to navigational difficulty during the Second World War. 


From the extensive summit plateau, it is possible to see all the way to the Pentland Hills and even Edinburgh on a clear day. To the west sprawl the Southern Uplands and in the far south west are the undulations of distant Lakeland.


Walking routes to the Cheviot often start from Langleeford in the sparsely populated Harthope Valley. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Cheviots’, the town of Wooler makes for an excellent base, with a plethora of accommodation options and numerous cafes and restaurants.


The Cheviot makes for a hugely rewarding outing in winter conditions and should be well within the reaches of hikers equipped with winter boots. The weather is fickle here, be prepared for four seasons in a day in summer and savage extremes during the colder months.


Tips

  • Dan Hobson

    When you reach the 2.674 feet (815 metre) high summit of The Cheviot, you are officially at the highest point in the Northumberland National Park. On a clear day, you can see the Lake District in the distance and even Edinburgh, according to some. A millstone slabbed pathway on the summit is the final part of iconic long-distance route, the Pennine Way.

    • March 5, 2019

  • Trail Magazine

    Underneath its current peat-bog appearance lies the remnants of an ancient and thankfully extinct volcano. Its toes step tentatively over the Scottish border, but the bulk of this high and eerily bleak hill is entirely English. A flag-stoned offshoot of the Pennine Way stops at the summit, while just north lay the remains of a crashed B-17 bomber.

    • December 13, 2019

  • drewswinburne

    Highest Point on the Montane Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra Run.

    • January 30, 2020

  • The Wandering Fiona

    On a clear day you can see for miles from the highest point in Northumberland. Very boggy on the top so keep to the paths

    • April 5, 2021

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    9.71 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,525 ft
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Location: Northumberland, England, United Kingdom

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