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RWF11.16 - Memorial Stones of the Cheviots from Alnham

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Your Guide:
  • Maximum number of places per day: 15
  • Price Per Person: £10.00

walk notes

This walk is part of the Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking Festival.


Locate the memorials to Nellie Heron, John (Jock) Scott and William (Willie) Middlemas on a little visited and tranquil circular route in the southern Cheviots.


On 3rd December 1863 Nellie Heron set off from her workplace at Alnham to return home, using her regular route across the moor, to Hartside in poor weather - she never arrived.


A diminutive and unobtrusive memorial stone marks the point where her body was found.


Two shepherds died in a winter snowstorm in the Cheviots above Alnham whilst returning from Rothbury Market on Nov 17th 1962.


A memorial Cairn has been erected by Northumberland National Park Rangers and the NNP Mountain Rescue Team to commemorate the event that prompted the establishment of the Team.


Views northwards towards Cheviot, Hedgehope and the Border Ridge provide a different perspective to usual and hint at other routes in the area. To the south the panorama over the fertile Vale of Whittingham towards the Simonside Hills is equally as enticing.


This is a lovely walk with lots of interest e.g. the vicarís peel at Alnham, a reminder of Reiving Times, the Yett (gate) on the moor, conifer plantations, moorland birds and wildlife, ancient settlement and modern hill sheep farming.


Once experienced you will want to explore this unspoilt area on other walks and in different seasons.

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