Walk: A rapid romp to Ros Castle

Northumberland | Chatton | Short walk | ★★★

[Ros Castle]

Ros Castle is the highest summit in the Chillingham Hills: a sprawling, almost uninhabited moorland region east of Chillingham Castle. There's no castle here, but faint earthworks belong to one of the many Iron Age forts in the area. A minor road conveniently passes within a few hundred metres of the summit, and from here it's a straightforward hike to the top on a clear path. The summit panorama encompasses a wide swathe of Northumberland, with the North Sea visible in the east and the Cheviot Hills to the west. Immediately below the summit is land grazed by the Chillingham Wild Cattle, though flat ground and a tall stone wall restrict views in this direction.

[Common lizard on the path to the summit]

📌 Walk: A rapid romp to Ros Castle ★★★
▶ 1 km / <1 mile | ▲ 70 metres
Summits: Ros Castle (315 metres, Marilyn)
Start / finish: Space for a few cars at the start of the hill path, minor road 3 miles southeast of Chatton, G.R.: NU 081249 ///wished.foot.drag

Route: Layby - Ros Castle - return by outward route
Terrain: Clear, reasonable path across moorland and peat bog; briefly steep.
Wildlife today: Common lizards, green tiger beetles, bees.
Weather today: 10°C, mostly sunny, fairly gentle breeze.

[Cheviot Hills seen from the summit]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

Chronological photo guide

[Ros Castle]

[Green tiger beetle]

[Common lizard]

[View south from the ascent]

[Looking southeast across the moor]

[Summit triangulation pillar]

[View west to the Cheviot Hills]

[View north from the summit]


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