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Auchope mountain refuge hut
Auchope refuge hut, Border Ridge, Pennine Way

Many a life has been saved by the mountain refuge huts of the Cheviots, from hillwalkers caught out by wintry conditions to a group of endurance runners completing The Spine race along the Pennine Way. The insulated mountain refuge huts are a lifeline in the wild...

Bamburgh castle from the beach
Bamburgh Castle: Landmark of the Year

It will be no surprise to those who love Northumberland that Bamburgh Castle has been voted Landmark of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/2016. The castle stands majestically on an outcrop, overlooking the coastline famous for its windswept beauty. There has been a fort standing in this...

Ancient Wonders E02: Old Bewick and Duddo

The second part of this excellent series continues exploring the sequestered wonders of Northumberland   This episode begins by the cascading waters of Hareshaw Linn, once the centre of iron smelting industry yet now the sound of the falls is all that dominates while being home to...

Ancient Wonders of Northumberland

Ancient Wonders of Northumberland Browsing around YouTube one day, we stumbled on the Ancient Wonders of Northumberland and were hooked. This excellent series by Michael McVay visits some of the county’s remote treasures with suitably reflective commentary. This combined with sweeping video conveys a degree of...

Homildon hill walk

The start of an early morning hill walk from Homildon Cottage into the Northumberland National Park and around the base of Humbleton Hill. Recorded in February 2015, it was the day after we bought the cottage and a wonderful sunny winter's morning – with beautiful...

View from Humbleton Hill
Humbleton Hillfort walk

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A steep climb to the summit of Humbleton Hill with its Iron Age hillfort and fantastic views. Start: Homildon Cottage Finish: Homildon Cottage Time: 30 minutes (one way - short route) Distance: 0.75 miles (one way - short route)   Climb to the summit of Humbleton Hill (historically Homildon Hill) for expansive views over Wooler and...

Path around Homildon Hill
Humbleton Hill circular

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A short circular walk allowing you to get out on the moors for a brief stretch. Start: Homildon Cottage Finish: Homildon Cottage Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes Distance: 3 miles   If you've got something tasty cooking in the AGA and want to stretch your legs before settling down to eat,...

Chevy Chase Fell Race

Perhaps a lesser-known event in the runner or long distance walker's calendar, the Chevy Chase fell race organised by Wooler Running Club deserves to be up there with the most popular UK endurance trail races. A 20-mile trail route , the Chevy Chase is an unsigned navigation challenge...

Walking to Wooler
Walk to Wooler from Homildon Cottage via St Cuthbert’s Way

Follow St Cuthbert's Way to Wooler on a walk that mixes a little bit of everything: hills, fields and woods. Start: Homildon Cottage Finish: Wooler Time: 1 hour Distance: 2.75 miles [caption id="attachment_15817" align="alignright" width="300"] Follow St Cuthbert's Way[/caption]   If you fancy a more leisurely stroll than the direct route to...

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Walk to Wooler from Homildon Cottage – direct route

The most direct walk to Wooler is mostly along a quiet road – aside from a short but pleasant stretch of footpath cutting a corner across a field. Start: Homildon Cottage Finish: Wooler Time: 15-20 minutes Distance: 1.25 miles [caption id="attachment_15796" align="alignright" width="300"] Cut across the field to Wooler[/caption]   Walking at a reasonable pace, this...