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The Cheviot


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
815 m (2673 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

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An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

The summit of The Cheviot (2500ft+) , in Northumberland (England), is less than 2km from the the Scotland/England Border and thus can also be climbed from Scotland. It is a massive almost crag-free dome-shaped hill, notoriously boggy on its extensive summit plateau. Access to its giant trig point, on a grassy island in the middle of bog, has been substantially improved by the laying of a pathway of large flat stones flown in by helicopter.

From the summit a path goes SW almost to Cairn Hill (777m) then turns W to join the Border Ridge and the main Pennine Way footpath at an un-named cairn (743m). Another path from the summit runs ENE across the plateau 700m then divides, the N branch descending to the head of College Valley, and the forward continuation leading over Scald Hill (548m) and down to Harthope Valley.

The usual Scottish starting point is Cocklawfoot at the head of the Bowmont Valley S of Town Yetholm. The Cheviot may also be accessed by a rather long walk up College Valley from Hethpool near Kirk Newton to the N, and from the Harthope Valley to the ENE.

Hazards you may encounter on The Cheviot include
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 High Plateau, summit may be difficult to locate.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
A special thank you to David S Brown for his work on this and all of the England/Wales information.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include The Cheviot.

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 Routes that include The Cheviot
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 590 m 13.58 km 4 hrs The Cheviot  An easy ascent track from Harthope Valley, and the stone path to the summit trig point eradicates what was once a bog-wallow. The less-used track beside the upper reaches of Harthope Burn is sketchy.  
2 690 m 17.66 km 5 hrs The Cheviot  An easy and crag-free route from Cocklawfoot beginning with an ancient Roman road route (Clennell Street), then following the Scotland/England border ridge which is also part of the Pennine Way. The worst boggy bits are paved. Not Yet Rated 

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of The Cheviot

 Baggers Gallery for The Cheviot

24/5/15 Andrew law at the summit 24/5/15 Andrew law at the summit

© Andrew Law

Image by Andrew Law

Me with my wife Angela and daughter Georgiana, enjoying late afternoon sunshine at the refuge hut (Auchope Rig) after doing The Cheviot round walk from Cocklawfoot. 1st June 2012.

© David S Brown

Image by David S Brown

Brilliant day out!

© Adam Gregg

Image by Adam Gregg

jim on the cheviot cairn 20/3/10

© Jim Nicol

Image by Jim Nicol
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Nick Bulbeck
wrote on
July 25, 2010
I was only 10 days behind David and, with recent rain, the terrain for about 200 yards around the trig column looked impassable without the flagstones. It's a wonder they haven't sunk - a couple of them have, mind you! The Harthope Valley is delightful, and the view from the summit more than justifies the modest effort involved. I can't say much for the quality of the walking (or squelching) in between, but overall, a summit worth visiting.
David S Brown
wrote on
July 13, 2010
I agree with Ian Paul (comment: 12th May 2009) about the famous bog of The Cheviot. Until 12 years ago, reaching the trig point was a bog-wallow! However, you no longer need to worry if you are ascending by either of the 2 routes on MunroMagic, as the summit section of the approach route from the East, and virtually the entire of the West-side approach (the Pennine Way route along and then detouring from the Border Ridge) are now beautifully paved with large slabs of rock. Where these have been in place some time, the former eroded bog track has recovered and is a mass of bog-cotton again.
Ian Paul
wrote on
May 12, 2009
The boggiest summit prize goes to this mountain - I cannot believe how much water is retained by such high ground. I did this hill as part of the Milennium Cheviots Challenge in 2000, a fairly dry summer, and got wet socks after sinking into really sticky peat/mud at the summit. Take gaiters even in dry spells. I recommend it as part of a Cheviots circuit. Lovely empty country, enjoy it.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 13 Apr 2011 The Cheviot from Cocklawfoot; 11 April 2011. Roger Vander Steen The Cheviot Not Yet Rated
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