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Wild Places

Wild Places in Northumberland

The Cheviot Hills
I believe the Cheviot Hills to be my favourite Northumbrian place, or more specifically the river valleys which run down from the hills, i.e. The Ingram Valley, The Harthope Valley and the College Valley. My absolute favourite is the Harthope Valley as it is so peaceful and little known by the majority of tourists. We take a picnic on a summers day and relax by the quiet stream often staying well into the evening. Children love to paddle in the stream and do a spot of river dipping. It's a million miles away from the trials of everyday life. So relaxing!

Take the road out of Wooler up Cheviot Street signposted Earle and Middleton Hall. Turn right for Langleeford, the road is very steep and winds along beside the river where there are several places to pull off the road. Take care not to destroy the countryside for others and watch out for Adders in the summer.

Mrs. Heather Park

Langleeford is a nice quiet place to picnic, play by the waterside and relax.

E. Tendal Retired

The Cheviots, especially the college valley area is my favourite place. The sights are spectacular and wherever you are travelling to, or returning from, they are wonderful landmarks telling us we are near home.

Walking, wildlife watching and picnicking are our favourite things to do. The Cheviots are perhaps enjoyed most in the better weather, as they can sometimes be a bit dangerous in inclement weather.

Neil Stewart

Simonside Hills
I like the Simonside Hills for hill walking with dramatic views across Rothbury and to the Cheviots. In the other direction the coast, Newcastle and the Hexham Hills are visible: the whole effect is beautiful. Travel by car and eat your sandwiches at the top of the crags. All weather and any day - in all seasons. All conditions are wonderful - but the best is a foot of new snow, cold air and a blue sky with good visibility.

Neal Skelton (policeman)

Hepburn Woods.
Hepburn Woods. These have been enjoyed on many occasions with canine and human friends. There are several marked trails through the woods with fantastic views on the crags. Good food can be enjoyed at the Tankerville Arms in Eglingham and at Roseden Farm shop near Wooler. It is advisable to use both these maps: Landranger 81 and Landranger 75.

Jane Skelton

Wooler Common
A pleasant walk on a fine day is round Wooler Common, especially with young children or elderly people. There is a big flat area with picnic tables and seats are dotted around. A shallow burn runs through widening to a pond where there is plenty of wildlife and ducks to be fed. There is an easy circular walk with information boards about the trees and wildlife, leading to longer, more strenuous routes if preferred.

To get there turn into Ramsey's Lane in Wooler High Street and go straight ahead into the Cheviots.

Mrs. Lorna Brewes

Ingram Valley
Our family love Ingram Valley, where we walk and play in the river. You can reach it by car; stopping off to buy ice creams in the summer. It is beautiful all year round, although paddling in the winter is not advisable!

Sanderson Family

My favourite place is Ingram Valley for picnics, riverside walks etc. It can be enjoyed all year round.

M. Buls (retired)

Greensheen Hill
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It is my special place as the views are superb; to the west you get the Cheviots and to the east you get the coast from Berwick to Dunstanburgh castle. It is best on bright frosty autumn morn, but on a clear day it's a delight. I recently managed to be on the summit on a day where every thing was covered in snow, it was an unforgettable experience. You can park at Holborn Grange and walk to the summit via St Cuthbert's Cave. There is no nearby tea shop, but a flask will help extend your stop.

T.E.Hill (Geography teacher)