Yeavering Bell

Take an invigorating half day’s walk to the top of Yeavering Bell – The Hill of the Goats. The walk offers stunning views from the top and if you are lucky you may be able to spot some of the wild Cheviot goats along the way. The hilltop is very exposed to poor weather so please go prepared.

Technical sheet
No. 2816655
A Kirknewton walk posted on 16/12/19 by Northumberland National Park. Update : 20/11/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h30[?]
Distance Distance : 5.7km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 296m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 296m
Highest point Highest point : 345m
Lowest point Lowest point : 68m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Kirknewton
Starting point Starting point : N 55.568028° / W 2.117322°
Download : -
Information Board Wooden cross signpost The path back. The Easterly view, more hill fort hills, Akeld, Humbleton


(D/A) From the lay-by go through the kissing gate to the right of the monument and turn left, carry on along this path to the main road.

(1) Cross the main road and follow the farm track, signed ‘Torleehouse’, passing the houses of Old Yeavering. Continue on up this track ignoring the permissive path signed ‘Yeavering Bell’.

(2) Once over the cattle grid turn left up to the field gate. Go through the field gate and follow the track to the ladder stile. Cross the stile and turn right and continue up the well-worn path.

(3) At the junction turn left, signed ‘Yeavering Bell’, and follow the path down through the heather. Cross the burn and follow the obvious path as it winds its way to the summit of Yeavering Bell.

Spend time exploring within the ramparts of Yeavering Bell hillfort. Here are the remains of the largest Iron Age hillfort in the region. Beneath the hillfort, the Anglo-Saxon kings of Northumbria maintained a grand palace.

Much earlier, Neolithic people had a temple here. Yeavering Bell hillfort consists of a tumbled stone rampart, originally up to 2.5metres high, which encloses an area of 5.6 hectares, within which are the still visible platforms of approximately 130 timber-built roundhouses.

(4) Leave the top of the hillfort through the gap in the stone ramparts, bear left and zig-zag down the hill following the well-worn path. Cross the stile and follow the wall down to the next stile.

Once over this stile continue on through the field turning left down the farm track to the ladder stile.

(5) Cross the ladder stile and turn right along the trackback to Old Yeavering. Retrace your steps back to your car. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 70m - Car park
1 : km 0.33 - alt. 68m - Cross the main road
2 : km 1.84 - alt. 172m - Over the cattle grid
3 : km 2.84 - alt. 284m - At the junction turn left
4 : km 3.95 - alt. 326m - Leave the top of the hillfort
5 : km 5.15 - alt. 80m - Cross the ladder stile
D/A : km 5.7 - alt. 70m - Car park

Useful Information

Please note the descent from the top of Yeavering Bell is steep.

Getting there
Parking is at the Gefrin lay-by, under the shadow of Yeavering Bell, on the north side of the B6351 between Wooler and Kirknewton, just west of Yeavering. The layby is on the north side of the road (the eastbound lane).

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Sun 05 Jul 2020 20:29:09 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 05/07/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

I walked this today as it was far too windy for the Cheviot and it is a long time since I was on top of a Northumbrian hill fort.
I did the walk in reverse mainly because I like to walk up the steep parts and descend the less steep parts; it is easier on the knees.
If folk want to do the walk in reverse here are some things to look out for.

  • From Old Yeavering (point 5) take the permissive path the Yeavering Bell, cross the stile and follow the grassy path that ascends and bends to the left. As it bends look up and right and you will see the first wooden marker post. Follow the feinter path to the post and then the obvious but narrow grassy track that ascends diagonally over the fell to a gate and stile. After the gate turn immediately left and ascend the fellside to another stile going over a wooden section of fence. After this strike directly up the fell between gorse bushes and then the path ascends diagonally and rightwards, the leftwards up the fell to a patch of scree. The path becomes less steep here and you will be able to see the outline of the hillfort wall above you. Ascend to the wall. (Point 4)
  • Go through the gap in the wall and up to the col between the two summits, turn left and walk up to the cairn on the higher summit. Track back to the col and follow the obvious grassy path on the South side of the hill. As it passes through the wall it splits. Follow the right hand split to descent gently to the stream and then ascend to the junction with St. Cuthbert's way. (Point 3) Wooden cross marker.
  • Turn right and descend easily on the good and well marked track to point 2 and then Old Yeavering.

As you descend from point 2 there is another stile going over the wall on your left with a diversion to the hill fort on St. Gregory's Hill. This would extend your walk.

I parked at Point 1 and it is possible to fit 4 cars in here if people park sensibly. Do not drive up the track to Old Yeavering.

Opposite Point 1 is a gate and footpath into the site of Ad Gefrin. This is the site where the Anglo Saxon Kings of Northumbria had a royal residence and a large wooden amphitheater. Although there are no physical remains, there are information boards about the archaeology and artist impressions of what the site would have looked like. It is a short detour and is worth doing.
Website link https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.o...

I will post some photos when I transfer them from my camera.

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