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Walk 20 - The Schil

The highlight of the walk is the ascent of The Schil, from where you are treated to some of the most spectacular views in Northumberland. If you are enjoy long remote walks in Northumberland this is perfect.

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walk summary

This wonderful walk explores my favourite part of the Cheviot Hills. You climb up along St Cuthbert’s Way to the Border fence, from where you are treated to a real sense of isolation.

The highlight of the walk is the ascent of The Schil, from where you are treated to some of the most spectacular views in Northumberland. From there you drop down to the head of the College Valley, which must be one of the best known in Northumberland. After a quick visit to the Mountain Rescue Hut you drop down steeply to the valley floor.

Then you have a wonderful traffic-free journey back down the valley visiting the war memorial on your way.

The route is good underfoot but strong shoes and waterproof clothing are essential.

A stunning long walk in Northumberland.

Distances and driving times to starting point

Newcastle - Distance: 54 miles

Sunderland - Distance: 65 miles

Hexham - Distance: 70 miles

Alnwick - Distance: 25 miles

Edinburgh - Distance: 62 miles


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shepherd's notes

A brilliant challenging walk. If you enjoy long walks in Northumberland this is a must.

S.D. wrote – ‘We have just returned from a wonderful days walking in the Cheviots. We were up the College valley doing the Schil walk that we purchased the week before Christmas. The views were quite spectacular and your instructions really brought the route to life. Can’t wait to try another walk tomorrow, hopefully we are heading up the Cheviot. Fingers crossed for good weather’.

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Traditionally Printed Booklet £2.00
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Full set of 26 walks in Northumberland (booklets) £25.00

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Posted By: Carolyn Dowden | Thu 4th August 2011

I would just like to say that last Friday myself and a friend did walk no 20 of your Northumberland walks. Although we had maps your detailed instructions were more than adequate. The walk was beautiful and varied,the views stunning ( i found it hard to believe that we could see the sea !) and sitting on top of the Schil having a coffee with no one else around us for miles we felt on top of the world ! Thank you.

Posted By: Simon Brown | Sun 17th June 2012

A stunning walk, thanks very much. We did not see another person all day.Looking forward to doing The Cheviot next.

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