Embark on an exhilarating adventure in the Cheviot Hills! Join me on a captivating journey as we explore the Harthope Burn, Harthope Linn, and the stunning vistas of Comb Fell and Hedgehope Hill. The Harthope Burn will serenade us with its gentle murmurs, guiding our path through lush woodlands and hidden treasures. Our destination: the breathtaking Harthope Linn, a hidden gem concealed within the heart of the hills. Prepare to be spellbound by its cascading waterfalls and pristine pools. Our grand finale takes us to Hedgehope Hill, the second-highest peak in Northumberland.
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Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Northumberland? We park up next to Hawsen Burn, to the east of Langleeford. Getting kitted up with such a wonderful backdrop is a pleasure in itself. We start off heading south-west along the road (Video 1:15). After only around 300m, we pass the route to The Cheviot (Video 1:50) before we continue along the path to Langleeford Farm (Video 2:30). Passing the farm, we continue along Harthope Burn on the northern path. The walking is so pleasant, and you get a great view of our route today (Video 3:40). We very gently ascend along the valley, passing Langleeford Hope (Video 4:20) on our way until we come to Harthope Linn (Video 4:50). You need to be a little careful when heading down into the gorge.
We continue our walk along the route of Harthope Burn, taking in the tranquillity as we go. Don’t forget to look behind (Video 6:20), as you have some great views along the valley. Harthope Burn gives us so much beauty with further waterfalls, and we eventually crisscross (Video 6:40) on our way to the head of the valley (Video 7:20).
Our route now heads south and then east as we climb onto Comb Fell, following the fence on our way. A pair of gaiters would be an advantage at this point, as the peat and bogs can be a challenge. We follow the fence as our guide, peaking on Comb Fell, before ascending before our climb to the summit of Hedgehope Hill, the second-highest peak in The Cheviots. Care is needed at this point as the peat bogs can remove your footwear (Video 11:06). The climb up to Hedgehope Hill is steady but not too difficult. As we reach the summit, the views are quite breathtaking, over the Cheviot Hills and down to the Northumberland coast. When I undertook the walk, I was in low-level clouds (Video 12:15), which was such a shame.
The descent from Hedgehope Hill is a little steep, and a pair of walking poles always helps. As we descend Hedgehope, we can see our path heading towards Long Crags and Housey Crags (Video 13:40). The path to Long Crags is well-trodden, and we get a great view of the route we have just walked, from a vantage point on Long Crags (Video 14:30).
Our route off the hills is well-defined, as we pass Housey Crags (Video 5:50). We reach the valley and have one further cross of Harthope Burn (Video 16:40) before meeting up with your car and the conclusion of what has been a great walk of two distinctive halves.
Discover the mesmerizing beauty of Northumberland as you explore Hedgehope Hill and Harthope Burn. This is an adventure that will stay with you for a lifetime, offering a perfect blend of nature, tranquillity, and breathtaking views.
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Resources used whilst bringing you this walk…
Mapping and Directions:
OS Map App – Ordnance Survey Maps and routing
Maps – Ordnance Survey Maps
Compass – Must have
Jacket – Montane Gravity Gore-Tex Jacket
Footwear – Merrell Accentor Sport GTX
Trousers – Montane BMC Terra Pants
Waterproof Trousers – Mountain Hardwear Epic Pant
Backpack – Hi Gear Active22
Bladder – Camelbak 2.5L Hydration Reservoir
GoPro 5 – Go anywhere action camera
hohem iSteady Pro 4-Gimbal stabiliser – Making your video professional
Lavalier Microphone – Capture professional audio
Insta360 ONE X2-360 Degree Camera – bringing video to a new dimension
Insta360 3M (10ft) Invisible Selfie Stick – make it look like a drone
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Embrace the serenity of the Cheviot Hills, exploring Harthope Linn & Hedgehope Hill
Join me on a captivating journey as we explore the Harthope Burn, Harthope Linn, and the stunning vistas of Comb Fell and Hedgehope Hill.
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