Bewick Moor, Cateran Hole, Ros Castle And Blawearie
20km Chillingham Northumberland

Bewick Moor, Cateran Hole, Ros Castle And Blawearie

Chillingham, Northumberland

Starting from Eglingham, this route takes your over Bewick Moor to Cateran Hole, a trip up Ros Castle before a visit to the Hepburn Bastle. Then we're back on the moor to the Blawearie Shepherds Hut and some cairns.

Distance - 20km (12 miles)

Ascent - 520m

Duration - Approx 5 hours

Terrain - Lots of heather on the moor, but plenty of paths to pick your way through. You can wander down into Cateran Hole if you are brave before a little climb up Ros Castle. A small scramble up some crags.

Parking - Park your car on the village main street. View Parking Map

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Although Bewick Moor looks quite a bleak and barren area, it can be absolutely stunning with lots of little hidden gems to find.

Starting out in Eglingham I headed straight up an incline and was instantly greeted with this little pill box.

Much further up the incline I finally head off the road and on to Bewick Moor.

And I get my first little landmark which is the Curleheugh Trig Point. Another one bagged.

Then it's following the path through the heather as I head north towards Cateran Hill.

On the banks of Cateran Hill is a curious cave called Cateran Hole. If you have a torch you can head down the steps and then it's flat all the way for about 20 metres.

I head north from Cateran Hill until I hit the road and then turn west as I make my way towards Ros Castle. Just off the road I see a lime kiln which I actually spied from the top of Cateran Hill.

There is a fence in front of it, so you can't get right up to it, but you can get pretty close.

Then I saunter down the road and see a cool American style windmill.

Ros Castle is now dominating my view so I make a beeline towards it.

I'm now at the foot of Ros Castle and it would be rude not to climb it.

And I bag the Ros Castle trig point too. My second trig of the walk.

Simply spectacular views from the top. If you look west you can also see the Hurlsestone Tower.

I had to send Red5 up to get some better views.

From the top I also caught site of Hepburn Bastle with the Cheviots looming in the background.

Descending back down Ros Castle I head back to the road. If you fancied a quick jaunt up Ros Castle, then you can just park your car on the grass verge at the bottom of the hill.

I continue west until I come to the Hepburn Bastle which I would see via huge gap in the wall.

From here it was my plan to head through Hepburn Forest, but as Storm Arwen had hit, there were lots of trees down, so I checked the map and saw a permissive path up through the crags which skirts the forest.

You could walk back up the road to Ros Castle and head on to Hepburn Moor that way, but where is your sense of adventure!

Now I just need to follow the path as I head south on Hepburn Moor.

Absolutely stunning views everywhere.

As I turn east towards the Blawearie, a huge cairn appears.

And then I encounter the Blaweaire Shepherd's Hut which is still a refuge if you needed a bit of shelter.

As I continue to head south off the moor I happen across another more modern refuge called The Posh Cow Shed. Unfortunately it seems you have to bring your own refreshments.

Then it's just a straight track, past a little quarry and back towards Eglingham.

I'm treated to a final pill box, before I am back at the car.

Another cracking walk and still plenty to explore on the moors for another day.

Where to Park For Bewick Moor, Cateran Hole, Ros Castle And Blawearie

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55.469505, 55.469505

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Park your car on the village main street.

Fabulous Places On This Walk

Discover what fabulous places you will find on this walk - Bewick Moor, Cateran Hole, Ros Castle And Blawearie .

Ros Castle
Ros Castle
Hill Chillingham Northumberland

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

Curleheugh Trig Point
Curleheugh Trig Point
Trig Point Chillingham Northumberland

The trig point sitting on top of Curleheugh on Bewick Moor (215m).

Ros Castle Trig Point
Ros Castle Trig Point
Trig Point Chillingham Northumberland

The trig point sitting on top of Ros Castle (316m).

Hepburn Bastle
Hepburn Bastle
Bastle Chillingham Northumberland

A ruined, Grade II listed Scheduled Monument, 16th Century Tower House / Bastle House.

Cateran Hole
Cateran Hole
Cave Chillingham Northumberland

A cave in a crater up on the moorland between Eglingham and Ros Castle.

Blawearie Shepherd’s Hut
Blawearie Shepherd’s Hut
Building Chillingham Northumberland

A ruined shepherd's hut in the moors near Old Bewick set amongst crags and cairns.

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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Simon Hawkins

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Lilburn Tower
Lilburn Tower
Estate Chillingham Northumberland

A country manor house with beautiful gardens, an observatory, old church and ruined pele tower.

Hurl Stone
Hurl Stone
Standing Stone Chillingham Northumberland

A 4m standing stone, most likely a headless cross, maybe thrown there by giants or the devil.

Blawearie Shepherd’s Hut
Blawearie Shepherd’s Hut
Building Chillingham Northumberland

A ruined shepherd's hut in the moors near Old Bewick set amongst crags and cairns.

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