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Ros Castle and Hepburn Wood

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Hepburn Wood

Ros Castle and Hepburn Wood is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Wooler, Northumberland, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Loop





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A circular (and fairly strenuous) walk near the village of Chillingham in Northumberland. The stunning route climbs high up to the summit of Ros Hill where you'll have spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding moors. There are views across the adjacent cattle park, home to the only wild cattle in Britain, and on a clear day a total of seven castles can be seen from the summit. The walk continues across the remote Hepburn Moor and then on through Hepburn Wood with chance to enjoy plenty of wildlife. The walk has several fairly steep, rocky climbs and descents. The paths are a mixture of tarmac lanes/woodland tracks and narrow paths through the moor and woodland. These latter narrow paths squeeze between thick heather and bracken and can be very overgrown, uneven and slippery so good boots and long trousers are a must. The forest paths have not been well-maintained in recent years, posing a greater challenge, although the initial stretch to Ros Castle is worth a visit in itself. There are no stiles or kissing gates along the way, just a couple of simple gates. For the first half of the walk you will be sharing the paths with sheep so take care with dogs. None of the paths within the wood/moor are waymarked as it is open access land, so make sure you are well prepared with back-up maps and a fully-charged phone if you are following the route via AllTrails. Approximate time 2 hours.

5 months ago

We did this trail in reverse, finishing off at Ros Castle, rather difficult as Gps can falter in the woods. Trail is rather difficult to pick up as you climb through the woods, and quite steep clambering up to the gated access to the moors. However, we had a glorious day 18/01/20 and had a fabulous view from the top of Ros Castle.

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10 months ago

Great little walk , breathtaking views , but keep a eye out for the bee hives on the moor trail ! I walked passed them and was literally hundreds around me , was only stung the once .

Thu Nov 15 2018

did this walk on 13/11/2019 ros castle is well worth the visit stunning views but path over moors is overgrown with heather used gps tracker but so easy to lose path and decsent into woods was a big challenge l had to climb over fallen trees again so hard to follow tracker forestry comission need to sort this out that aside gps tracker is great little device used it 3 times now regards Peter

Tue Oct 07 2014

I would suggest picking a good day to do this walk as the views from Ros Castle are fab.