High Rochester - Ridley Crag Circular

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We leave High Rochester, once the Roman fort called Bremenium ('the place of the roaring stream') to march across rough hill pasture, with glimpses of snipe, Britain's most secretive bird. Reaching Stewardshiels plantation, we are rewarded with magnificent views over a large expanse of the Cheviot Hills.

Leaving the plantation we pass Ridley Crag, a rocky outcrop, before dropping down through more woodland to Sills Burn, which we follow down the valley back to High Rochester. Here the old defence walls still stand, along with grassy ramparts and part of a turret. A bastle, a defensive farmhouse, can also be seen, a reminder to the days of border reivers.

England - North England - Northumberland - Northumberland National Park


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Museum, Wildlife

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Distance away
29.2 Miles