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|Ros Castle and Hepburn Wood|
|Author: Claire, Published: 18 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular (and fairly strenuous) walk near the village of Chillingham in Northumberland. The stunning route climbs high up to the summit of Ros Hill where you’ll have spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding moors. There are views across the adjacent cattle park, home to the only wild cattle in Britain, and on a clear day a total of seven castles can be seen from the summit. The walk continues across the remote Hepburn Moor and then on through Hepburn Wood with chance to enjoy plenty of wildlife. |
The walk has several fairly steep, rocky climbs and descents. The paths are a mixture of tarmac lanes/woodland tracks and narrow paths through the moor and woodland. These latter narrow paths squeeze between thick heather and bracken and can be very uneven and slippery so good boots and long trousers are a must. There are no stiles or kissing gates along the way, just a couple of simple gates. For the first half of the walk you will be sharing the paths with sheep so take care with dogs. None of the paths within the wood/moor are waymarked as it is open access land, so make sure you are well prepared with back-up maps and a fully-charged phone if you are following the route via the App. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the Hepburn Wood Forestry Commission free car park, close to Hepburn Farm near Chillingham, Northumberland. Approximate post code NE66 4EG. This post code will take you to the farm, follow the road about another half mile up the hill and you will find the forest car park on the right just before a cattle grid.
|Start to Ros Castle|
Start point: 55.5169 lat, -1.888 long
Leave the car park back to the main road and turn right, heading uphill. Cross the cattle grid (or use the gate alongside if you would prefer) and follow the road, climbing, with open moor (with grazing sheep) to the right and a tall stone wall on the left. Continue for some distance and the road will bend right.
|Ros Castle to Road Crossing|
Start point: 55.5216 lat, -1.8731 long
Take some time to appreciate the panoramic views from this vantage point. Just alongside the trig point you will find an unusual walk-in toposcope built into the wall which has four plaques describing the views in every direction. On clear days it is possible to see out to the Farne Islands and to see seven castles including Banburgh, Chillingham, Dunstanburgh and the castle on Holy Island.
|Road Crossing to Forest Gate|
Start point: 55.5181 lat, -1.874 long
After just a few yards you will come to a fork in the track. Keep right and follow the track through the heather as it steadily swings left. At the next fork, keep left and across to the left you will see the rocky outcrops known as Hepburn Crags. This open access land is some of the most remote and rarely visited land in Northumberland. The heather covered hills are formed from sandstone and evidence (including the remains of several iron-age hill forts) suggests human activity for thousands of years.
|Forest Gate to Forest Track|
Start point: 55.5108 lat, -1.88 long
Pass through the gate and follow the obvious path winding ahead, taking care of the boulders and rocks under foot. The path leads you downhill then levels off through a section of bracken and then begins to climb once again. Stay on this narrow ridge-side path which hugs the steep hillside. You will pass a number of impressive rock formations on the left and take time to enjoy the beautiful views across the valley to the right.
|Forest Track to End|
Start point: 55.5051 lat, -1.8809 long
Turn right along the forest track. Enjoy this much easier level stretch of walking along the wider track, taking time to enjoy the woodland surroundings. The track is the old carriage drive which was built when Hepburn was a private estate belonging to the neighbouring Chillingham Park. In early summer the woodland floor is a haze of purple thanks to the healthy population of foxgloves.
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I would suggest picking a good day to do this walk as the views from Ros Castle are fab.
|By RichardJ on 07 Oct 2014|
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