Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hethpool Linn Walk

This delightful walk follows a circular route from Hethpool to Hethpool Linn returning via the lower slopes of Wester Tor. Hethpool is situated at the northern end of the Cheviot Hills in the College Valley.  From Wooler follow the A697 towards Coldstream for about 2.5 miles.  At Akeld turn left onto the B6351 and follow this road until you reach Kirknewton. Carry on a short distance to Westnewton and turn left, signposted to Hethpool. Follow this single track road for about 1.75 miles. Park in the car park just past the cottages at Hethpool on the left. Beyond the car park is the College Valley Estate. A permit is required for vehicles to use this road. Access is permitted on foot or by bicycle.


Car Park

1. Leave the car park and turn right heading back along the road. Just past the cottages as the road bears to the left go through a gate on the right and follow the track, signposted St Cuthbert's Way downhill until you reach a stile on the left.





2. Cross the stile and head straight across the field to a gate in the wall ahead.  Go through the gate and continue straight ahead to cross the boardwalk.Bear right towards the fence and continue with the fence on your left before reaching a stile. Cross the stile and turn immediately right before crossing a footbridge. Continue straight on along the path with the wall on your right. As the wall ends you will be able to see the waterfall below. Continue straight ahead turning right at the bottom to cross the burn via a wooden bridge,



       


Hethpool Linn








3. After crossing the burn turn left to cross another stile. Turn right and head uphill away from the burn. At the top go through the gate in the fence and turn right to join St Cuthbert's Way. Continue along this path through some newly planted trees before eventually reaching another fence. As you walk along the lower slopes of Wester Tor on your left look out for the wild Cheviot Goats who graze there.








4. Pass through the gate and follow the track through an area of recently felled trees following the track downhill towards the burn. Cross the bridge and turn right through a gate and follow the track up the hill back to the road. Turn left and follow the road past the cottages at Hethpool and back to the car park.

College Burn

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Hethpool Linn


Hethpool Linn

Hethpool Linn is a beautiful waterfall situated in the Cheviot Hills within the Northumberland National Park. The waterfall forms part of the College Burn near Hethpool in the College Valley,  running through a small gorge and tumbling over rocks before continuing its journey peacefully along the valley floor. It is situated within a small wooded area of the valley close to the hamlet of Hethpool and is crossed via a small wooden bridge. When approaching the waterfall take care of the steep sides. The waterfall can be walked to on its own or part of a longer walk (Hethpool Linn Walk).
















College Valley

College Valley

The College Valley is a beautiful, tranquil valley at the northern end of the Cheviot Hills within the Northumberland National Park. The stunning unspoilt views of woodland, moorland and pastureland are breathtaking and provide a magnificent backdrop to the valley below. 


College Valley


College Valley


Near Hethpool

The Cheviot


The College Burn cuts its way through the hills meandering along the valley floor. At Hethpool Linn the burn runs through a narrow gorge, tumbling over the rocks before continuing its peaceful journey.



College Burn 




College Burn


Hethpool Linn
The slopes of the Newton Tors and Yeavering Bell are home to the Cheviot Wild Goats. The feral goats herds have lived on the hills for centuries and are thought to originate from the earliest Neolithic farmers. The goats live a totally wild existence on the hills but many will come close enough to be photographed. Roe deer, red squirrels and other wildlife also live in the valley. 

About 1.5 miles from Hethpool heading down the valley towards "The Cheviot" is a World War II Memorial dedicated to the airmen who lost their lives in when their aircrafts crashed in the hills. 






This unspoilt serene valley is the ideal place for leisurely walks along the banks of the College Burn and the spectacular Hethpool Linn or for hill climbs to the ancient hill forts. 
Below are some things to see and do whilst visiting the valley.

Hethpool Linn

Hethpool Linn Walk