Ros Castle

Hill Alnwick Northumberland

Ros Castle

Hill In Alnwick, Northumberland

Ros Castle is the highest of the Chillingham Hills, with a height of 315m.

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Ros Castle is not a castle, but the highest point of the Chillingham Hills at 315m and is managed by the National Trust. The Chillingham Hills extend from Alnwick to Berwick upon Tweed.


The walk to the summit takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on fitness. Walking boots are essential.

At the summit there is a triangulation station and a toposcope built into the wall and It is alleged you can see 7 castles on a clear day.


If you stand in the toposcope and look over the back wall you should catch site of the lovely Hurlestone Tower folly a few kilometres away.

There are a number of other signposted walks in the area and Hepburn Woods is around 0.8km away to the west along the unnamed road. Near the Hepburn Woods car park there is also a 16th century medieval Hepburn Bastle visible from the road which is worth a look.

Where Is Ros Castle

Where Is It?

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Lat / Long
55.52177, -1.8731
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The walk to the summit is signposted from the parking area.


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55.51804, -1.87389

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There is space to park at the bottom of Ros Castle on a grass verge near the unnamed road.

Sandra Clemens

Place contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

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