College Valley Estate, Wooler

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The College Valley is one of five cuttings into the Cheviot Hills. The valley is owned by College Valley Estates which in turn is funded by a trust created by Sir James Knott MP.
The valley is spectacularly beautiful and affords a serenely satisfying ascent of the Cheviot - 815 metres (2674 ft) - the highest peak in the area.
The Estate covers approximately 12000acre and is now managed by a Board of Directors whose duty is to manage it in a way that increases its value as an environmental, social and economic place of excellence. From north to south the estate is approximately 10 km and at its widest 7 km. There are over 105 km of roads and pathways criss crossing the College Valley.
The valley is open to the public, but access by car is restricted to permit holders only and these are limited on a daily basis.
There is one road into the valley. This starts at Kirknewton on the road between Wooler and Kirk Yetholm. On entering the valley itself the road splits into two, the right hand turn to Trowup burn. The left hand fork goes to the estate office and farm there up the main valley to the Cheviot itself.
The valley is ringed by Bronze Age forts along the hill tops. There is evidence of habitation from very early times.
More recently the estate was owned by Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, then the Grey family of Howick Hall followed by Arthur Sutherland.
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  • We spent a fantastic day in this valley with a pass from our BandB. Everywhere you looked it was perfect.To add to our bliss the sun shone the whole day. Just to sit and eat our picnic watching...  more »
  • Lovely valley with views of The Cheviot. Very quiet the day we went, apart from the fly past by 3 jets. The RAF memorial is worth a visit. Take provisions - there is nowhere to get a drink!  more »
  • We had been told of College Valley by friends, but never made it. Finally, we did make it. The weather was unexpectedly fine, with gorgeous blue skies and interesting clouds! We stopped in Wooler....  more »

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