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College Valley - Northumberland

The College Valley is the most northerly of the 5 valleys which cut into the Cheviot Massif.Owned by College Valley Estates it is truly a secret wilderness. There are no signposts for this quiet and tranquil land, just 12,000 plus acres and over 100 kms of road and footpaths.

We like to think that has one of the largest repositories of information on the College Valley as anywhere on the net.

There is a good guide to the Valley as if you were driving north from Wooler to Hethpool and beyond.

If you would like to stay in the College Valley we have details on the houses as well as Hethpool house b&b

Fell walking is one of the main resons why visitors come to the valley. The Pennine way and St Cuthberts way both pass through. There is also the Hill fort trail.

History is everywhere in the valley.From the association with Admiral Collingwood and the Battle of Trafalgar through to early settlements during the Roman times and Neolithic stone circles.

Hethpool village is well known for the arts and crafts style houses ( see picture below). Nearby you have the man made lake and the deep pool and waterfall at Hethpool Linn.

This pictures shows the lovely art and crafts cottages in Hethpool village

 Art and Craft cottages at Hethpool

 Heather burning up on the Newton Tors

 Heather burning

 Hethpool lake.

 Hethpool lake

Dunsdale house in the snow

Dunsdale house in the snow



“A highlight of St. Cuthbert's Way”
On about day 4 of the SCW you set off from Kirk Yetholm in Scotland and arrive at the end of the day in Wooler in England. Along the way you pass through this beautiful valley and it provides several excellent picnic spots for lunch including the stones down by the waterfalls and an old sheep pen above the river and on the way to Torleehouse.
College Valley
Date published: 10/01/2012
4 / 5 stars
This beautiful valley has the best walking in Northumberland although a permit is needed to take a car into the valley beyond the car park. If you are a serious walker then this area is perfect and, because of the need for a permit, only serious and sensitive visitors tend to apply. All the obvious warnings apply about telling people where you are going, checking the weather and staying warm and safe.
College Valley
Date published: 08/01/2012
5 / 5 stars