Ravenber Way – Auchope Cairn to Kirknewton
We join the Ravenber Way on its journey from Ravenglass in Cumbria to Berwick-upon-Tweed as it descends from Auchope Cairn.
We start at the mountain rescue hut which was lifted here by the air rescue helicopter from Boulmer in 1988. It is dedicated to the memory of Stuart Lancaster ( there is a plaque for him up beside the summit of the Schil a little further on).
Walk a little past the hut and on your right you will see down the length of the College Valley from Red Cribs.
At this point you can follow a small sheep track down the left side of the gulley or trace your path back to the hut and a little way past you will come to a well worn track down into the valley which will be kinder on your feet.
Look to your right at the view of the Hen Hole.
After a while you will pass through a high wire gate. This and the adjacent fence are designed to keep the deer and goats away from the “Wilderness” – basically the start of a long term project to replace the coniferous woodland with native broad leaves.Once you have exited the fenced area look to your left and slightly up the hill. You should be able to see the outline of a Romano-British settlement. The outline is much clearer from a distance. You are now approaching the YHA at Mounthooley.
Follow the paved road past the next set of farm buildings ( Fleehope)…and look on your right for this timber and earth house.
Soon you will pass by Cuddystone…a village meeting place and hall built in the early 1960’s.
Stop to have a look at the memorial to air plane crashes in the Cheviot hills around WW2.
Soon on your left you will see a charming wooden cottage. Reputed to have been built in the 19th century for an old Lady from the Grey family of Howick Hall who had TB but did not want to take the pure air in Switzerland. The Cheviot air helped and she lived on for many year.
Soon you will come into Hethpool. Here you will briefly join St Cuthberts Way and turn down a rough track marked for Hethpool Mill. However you will shortly enter the field on your left ( usually with horses in it ) and work your way down to Hethpool Linn and onwards under the shadow of the Collingwood oaks higher up the hill on the left.
Just past the bridge over the Linn there is a lovely pool where you can bathe and rest.
Shortly after this you will arrive in West Newton.
Mounthooley and the YHA
Contact name: Pauline Baker
Telephone number: 01668 216 358
Address: Mount Hooley, College Valley, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6TU
Map Coordinates: GR 882, 225 Ordinance Survey
Mrs Eildon Letts
Tel: (01668) 216232