Great Hetha Circular Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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9.7 km
Elevation
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344 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Great Hetha Circular Walk is an exceptional adventure in Northumberland that will take you to a breathtaking summit overlooking the Cheviot Hills and College Valley. While out walking the trail, you will travel along St Cuthbert’s Way before climbing up the slopes of Great Hetha, where you will experience arguably the best views overlooking the Cheviot Hills. This intermediate length adventure is perfect for those who don’t mind a bit of uphill walking to earn some spectacular views.

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Route Description for Great Hetha Circular Walk

Walking the Great Hetha Circular Trail in Northumberland is the perfect adventure for those outdoor enthusiasts looking to get the best vantage point of the surrounding landscape. While great Hetha may not be the tallest hill in the vicinity, it will still produce what many consider to be the most scenic views overlooking the Cheviot Hills and College Valley.

Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the northeast for a short distance to pass through Hethpool, before turning to the northwest along St Cuthbert’s Way. After a good distance alongside the road, you will break away to the south in order to reach the slopes of Great Hetha.

From the southwest corner of the hill, you will begin climbing up the relatively steep slopes until you arrive at the summit, where you will enjoy sweeping views of the undulating terrain surrounding you and the quaint valley below. After taking in the views, make your way down the same trail and head south to meet the banks of Trowup Burn, following it to the northeast through the valley on the return leg to the car park where you started.

Getting to the Great Hetha Circular Walk Trailhead

The trailhead for the Great Hetha Circular Walk can be found at the car park just 0.3 km southwest of Hethpool.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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