About the Valley

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 (NNP).

Sir James Knott Trust

The 12,000 acre College Valley is part of the legacy left by Sir James Knott, successful business man, politician and philanthropist.


Famous feral goats, peregrin's to roe deer - The College Valley is a haven for wildlife.

Historical Sites

History lives here. Dating back over a millennia, the valley plays host to some truly wonderful historical sites

Vehicle access is restricted; There is nothing to spoil the enjoyment of what must be one of the quietest place in Northumberland.

What better way to get away from the stresses and strains of modern life?


While not as prominent as it once was, farming still plays an integral part of everyday life in the Valley.


Learn about our forestry operations, management and long term strategy into the future.

The estate is now managed by a Board of Directors whose duty is to manage it in a way that increases its value as an environmental, social and economic place of excellence. They strive to encourage and make available to the general public an environment that focuses on education and recreational enjoyment.

Farming and forestry underpin the estate's financial viability, although the directors look carefully at other enterprises so long as they are in line with the objectives and aims of the College Valley.

College Valley is a haven for wildlife and vegetation, and is home to the largest semi natural woodlands (Harrow bog) in the NNP as well as the Cheviot massif, the highest hill in North England at 2,672ft.

College Valley location

Other things you may be interested in

Mounthooly Bunkhouse

The perfect stay for those tackling the Pennine way, family gatherings, charity parties or wedding accommodation.


With private roads and miles of Bridleway, the College Valley is an ideal haunt for all cyclists.