Northumberland’s Cheviot Hills
Over the years the years the Cheviot Hills have had a huge influence on the people and culture of Northumberland.
They have long been the border between Scotland and England. Around their foothills came the Roman Emperor Severus with his legions some 1800 years ago. During the dark ages they would have looked down on Paulinus as he baptised converts in the river beside the settlement at Ad Gefrin.
The Scottish war of succession brought more violence to the area with the battles at Homildon Hill and, of course, Flodden being just two well-known examples. The hills were always a part of the Border Reiver lands. Fear and terror was never far away and we have Bastle houses as a reminder of these dark days.
The 19th century brought prosperity and wealth to the hills. Mining and shipping created new dynasties and their legacies are still with us. Life would not have been easy in these hills and the local tradition of bondagers is a small reminder of how the people tried to adapt and live in this northern most corner of England.
The 20th century saw a large percentage of the north western edges being converted to military land at the instigation of Winston Churchill. Nowadays the hills are quiet and empty. There are few easy access roads, no large towns and mile after mile of empty beautiful wilderness.
The Cheviots – a Special Place
Is it any wonder that both locals and visitors have come to regard the Cheviots as a special place? Many times visitors will ask for advice on the best way to explore the Cheviot Hills. We are lucky in having Geoff Holland, a runner, writer and poet to introduce us to these hills. He has written four books of walks in the Cheviot Hills. Each book has eight great walks with plenty of route finding detail, photographs and lots of interesting local information
Inspired by the original 1926-published book of the same name by W. Ford Robertson.
Another eight walks of great variety and challenge.
Challenging walks for the more experienced walker.
Unique walks in some of Northumberland`s finest hills.
You can also see the books on the Trailguides Publications website www.trailguides.co.uk.
Geoff has also created a website which contains a selection of walks in, articles about and photographs of the Cheviot Hills - www.cheviotwalks.co.uk. There are currently more than 30 walks available as well as over 140 photographs to view.
Northumbria Byways has helped to bring holiday visitors to the Cheviot Hills for more than 15 years and they have a good understanding of where visitors like to go. They currently have cottages in the College Valley, across North Northumberland and, of course, in Upper Coquetdale, available for holiday lettings. As a celebration of this beautiful land Northumbria Byways is offering a limited number of Geoff’s books for free.
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