Walkers who seek unspoilt and natural landscapes along with spectacular scenery need look no further. The Valley has over 28 miles of paths and roads. With vehicle restrictions in place the chances are that you will have most of the wilderness to yourself.

We are situated on the Pennine way and St Cuthberts way.

There are three valleys to explore within the area – The College burn, Lambden burn and the Elsdon burn.


RAF 100 Crash Trails

During the Second World War many planes crashed in the Cheviot Hills due to weather/low cloud, pilot inexperience and the basic navigation technology in those days. Between 1939 and 1946 there were 19 crashes in the Cheviot Hills.

A series of ‘Crash Trails’ have been devised to allow those interested in exploring on foot the crash sites in the Cheviot Hills. Please note, should you find parts of the aircraft, these should NOT be removed.

These crash trails are linked by a series of digitalised routes using the  Viewranger Application . The app is familiar to many hill walkers and is used to display topographical, cultural and historical information. More info can be found on the NNPA website


Valley Floor Walks

OS map required: OL 16 Explorer

These all start at the carpark just south of Hethpool. From here you have a number of options.

Walk up the Valley along the road to Southernknowe. Easy walking with access to the river at Southernknowe.

St Cuthberts Way, Hethpool Lake and Hethpool Linn. Shady forest paths, picnic by the waterfall and explore around the lake. A little further afield you can walk down to Kirknewton or up onto Yeavering Bell.

Two Valleys. Walk south towards Whitehall but turn right along the forest path signposted for Trowupburn and then follow the Esldonburn valley back to Hethpool.

Low Level Walks

Again starting at the car park you have easy access to the Easter Tors and Great Hetha.

Great Hetha and the hillforts along the Elsdonburn provide pleasant walking with great views. Ring Chesters above Elsdonburn is the largest hillfort.

High Level Walks

These tend to start at either Dunsdale / Goldscleugh or Mounthooly and from here there is easy access to the Cheviot itself or of course the Schil.

Looking for Accommodation?

Dunsdale Farm House

Sleeping 8, Dunsdale Farmhouse is situated at the bottom of the imposing Bizzle Crags.

Coldburn Cottage

A delightful Cottage situated by the Lamden Burn. Sleeps 6 .