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Explore Hepburn Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Gorse and Heather

Spectacular views await from the high escarpments of this timeless place.

Hepburn Wood captures the inherent qualities of Northumberland perfectly –broad, sweeping vistas and tranquil landscapes.

A walk along the forest road is a pleasant stroll on the old carriage drive built when Hepburn was a private estate belonging to neighbouring Chillingham Park.

A longer walk up the side of Hepburn Crag is marked by two sharp climbs, but you will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the lofty sandstone escarpments. O

n the heather-clad natural vantage point of Hepburn Crag, the remains of a hill fort suggest people have inhabited this site for at least 4000 years. A second climb to the top of Ros Hill (National Trust) reveals a panorama containing seven Northumbrian castles.

Explore on foot

None of the paths and trails within the wood are waymarked and it is recommended that you take an OS Landranger or Explorer map with you to aid navigation. Mountain bikes and horses are welcome in this wood.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Wonderful views over Northumberland from Ros Castle. Grey squirrels in Hepburn Woods

Gordon S, 2/May/2018

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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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What's Here?

  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Cycling
  • Mountain bikes welcome
  • Dogs
  • There are no dog bins provided in the forest. Please take all bagged dog waste home with you or flick unbagged waste off the paths and into the undergrowth. Don't give your dog a bad name!
  • Horse riding
  • Horses welcome
  • Prehistoric
  • Hepburn Crag iron age hillfort
  • Walking
  • Gradients on forest roads are mainly gentle, with one moderate incline. Paths to the top of Hepburn Crag are more strenuous and on steeper gradients. More than 2/3 of the path is unsurfaced and follows narrow tracks through the forest and across open moorland. The route is marked by two long, steep ascents to Hepburn Crag and then Ros Castle. There is a gate to pass through at the top of Hepburn Crag.
  • Viewpoint
  • Fine views of the Northumberland countryside and coast from Ros Castle and Hepburn Crag
  • Wildlife
  • Holystone is great for Bird of Prey watching on the crags.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NU073248
Postcode: NE66 4EG

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