Hethas Hike

Embark on a short but enchanting journey to explore two ancient hillforts in the College Valley, Northumberland. The climb to Great Hetha is a rewarding adventure, offering panoramic views that stretch into the heart of the Cheviot Hills.

Nestled in the northern reaches of the Cheviots, the College Valley is a pristine jewel in North Northumberland. This 12,000-acre estate, entirely within the Northumberland National Park, is known for its renowned beauty. Discover the College Valley, where the magic of history and nature combine to create an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Ideal for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike, the Hethas Hike invites you to reconnect with the beauty of Northumberland’s wilderness.

Create memories to last a lifetime on the Hethas Hike route…

The Hethas Hike and College Valley Two Hillforts route combine history, natural beauty, and tranquillity, offering a rewarding adventure and panoramic views that stretch into the heart of the Cheviots.

Discover the remarkable elements that lie in wait during the Hethas Hike walk:

  1. Historical Exploration: Delve into the rich history of the region by visiting two ancient hillforts, Great Hetha and Little Hetha, each with its unique story to tell.
  2. Scenic Vistas: Soak in the breathtaking views and sense of solitude as you ascend Great Hetha, taking in the panoramic landscape of The Cheviot and across the valley to Yeavering Bell.
  3. Tranquil Pathways: Wander along serene pathways that wind through the College Valley, offering moments of quiet reflection and connection with nature.
  4. Cultural Heritage: Explore ancient ramparts and imagine the lives of those who once inhabited these hillforts, connecting with the historical and cultural significance of the area.
  5. Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls the College Valley home, from the vibrant birdlife to other native species including wild goats, red squirrels, adders and roe deer.
  6. Tranquil Return: Enjoy a peaceful and contemplative walk back to your starting point, allowing you to relish the memories and beauty of the rolling landscapes.
  7. Conservation: Engage with the importance of preserving this pristine landscape, ensuring its protection for future generations to explore and enjoy.

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  1. Begin at the Car Park: Your journey kicks off from the car park. Head left and walk along the scenic College Valley road, setting the stage for your exploration of this historic region.
  2. Follow the Great Hetha Sign: As you continue along the road, keep an eye out for a fingerpost marked ‘Great Hetha.’ At this point, leave the road behind and follow the pathway that ascends to your right. This is where your adventure to Great Hetha begins, and the climb is well worth it.
  3. Navigate the Plantation Corner: When you reach the corner of the plantation, take a right and follow the fence as it leads you uphill. The surrounding landscape starts to unveil its captivating beauty as you ascend.
  4. Choose the Left Fork: At the upcoming junction, opt for the left fork, and continue along the path. This trail will take you to the summit of Great Hetha, where the views into the Cheviot Hills await. Take your time to explore and appreciate the historical significance of this ancient hillfort.
  5. Exiting Great Hetha: After you’ve had your fill of Great Hetha’s enchantment, make your way to the west side of the hillfort and exit through the gap in the ramparts. Follow the path downhill until you reach a stile.
  6. Cross the Ladder Stile: Cross over the ladder stile, and then turn right to continue along the path leading to Little Hetha, your next destination.
  7. Discover Little Hetha: Explore the charm of Little Hetha, another of the College Valley’s intriguing hillforts. The historical significance and unique atmosphere of this site await your exploration.
  8. Returning to the Starting Point: After your visit to Little Hetha, return to the stile, cross back over, and continue straight ahead along the track. You’ll be on your way back to the plantation.
  9. Retrace Your Steps: Once back at the plantation, retrace your route down the hill, following the path that leads along the road, heading back to your starting point at the car park.
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