Enjoy a lovely walk over Lordenshaws hillfort, with great views (on a clear day) over to the Cheviots. Visit out Lordenshaws page for more information about the area.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the car park do not cross the road but follow the wide grassy path uphill. When you have finished exploring the site walk through the hillfort to the eastern entrance, marked by 3 large stones, and out by the sunken track. Go downhill for a short distance and turn left along the well-worn path. Continue on the well-worn path through the heather. Carry on downhill to the stile in the fence ahead. Cross the stile and walk down through the field to the next stile. Once over the stile continue downhill to the burn, cross the burn and walk uphill to the fence ahead. Go over the stile and, keeping the fence on your right, continue up the field to the gate. Go through the gate and turn left along the farm track.
(1) Turn left onto another farm track, signed Whittondean/Lordenshaws fort, and continue along this track to the farm.
(2) Keep the farm buildings and house on your left. Once past the house turn right and continue downhill along the track.
(3) As the tracks bear up to the left, take the path off to the right and carry on to the stile. Cross the stile and follow the path as it winds its way uphill. Continue through the gap in the wall, turn right and carry on up the path, keeping to the right of the fort.
(4) Once back at the junction retrace your steps back to the car park. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Car park
1 : km 2.73 - alt. km 2.73 - Farm track
2 : km 3.11 - alt. km 3.11 - Farm buildings
3 : km 3.33 - alt. km 3.33 - Path
4 : km 3.99 - alt. km 3.99 - Junction
D/A : km 4.48 - alt. km 4.48 - Car park
Park at Lordenshaws car park (grid ref. NZ052988) on the minor road off the B6342 that runs south from Rothbury.
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A circular walk with a lot of interest. From the prehistoric rock art, bronze age burial cairns and iron age hill fort at Lordenshaw, to the lovely scenic walk over the Simonside hills, to the iron age hill fort overlooking Great Tosson through to the tranquil return through the Simonside forest.
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The Shepherds Cairn is a memorial to two shepherds who lost their lives in the winter of 1962. They were found just half a mile from their remote home at Ewartly Shank. Because of this event the National Park Voluntary Rangers set up the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team - a volunteer organisation that turns out in all weather to help save lives.
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