We will start at Hepburn Wood car park and walk South towards Blawearie. However, before we reach Blawearie, we will head towards Bewick Hill. Apart from the incredible views from this hill, there are two hill forts here. One of them even has two WW2 pill boxes situated within it.
From Bewick Hill we will set off North for our real objective, Blawearie. This is an old farmstead, which must have been a difficult place to live. You will see how exposed and remote it would have been.
A short distance from Blawearie is Cateran Hole. This is an interesting feature on the moor. Investigating what looks like a simple hole in the ground shows a set of steps. These lead to a narrow chamber. There are many ideas what this was for, including the entrance to a tunnel to Chillingham Castle. The most likely explanation is that it was a smugglers hole.
From Cateran Hole we will walk up to the road and then along to the final objective, Ros Castle. This isn’t a castle, even though the name suggests this. It is the highest point in the area and provides uninterrupted views of the Cheviots and, closer in, the Chillingham Estate.
Strolls with poles – Nordic Walking for Fun and Fitness