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Humbleton Hill


<b>Humbleton Hill</b>Posted by HobImage © IH
Nearest Town:Coldstream (17km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   NT967282 / Sheets: 74, 75
Latitude:55° 32' 50.49" N
Longitude:   2° 3' 8.31" W

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<b>Humbleton Hill</b>Posted by herbwormwood <b>Humbleton Hill</b>Posted by herbwormwood <b>Humbleton Hill</b>Posted by Hob


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This is a huge Hillfort, but the actual fort is in very bad condition with rocks strewn all over in no apparent pattern except a rough pink stone ring. Stone has fallen down the hill in parts.
There are two ways of getting up the hill, the steep path, which the guide leaflet recommends as a descent, and a longer route with much less gradient. I recommend the longer route for both ascent and descent, as there is erosion of the hill on the steep route due to a lot of people walking up the steep slope. There are better views on the longer route. It is a fairly good path but a moderate level of fitness is needed as it is uneven in parts and steeper near the summit. It would be unsuitable for anyone with severe mobility impairments. The waymarkers are well positioned and visible to mark the path. A map and guide is available in the Tourist Information Centre at Wooler at which there is an excellent free car park. It is about 4 miles there and back from the car park beside the Tourist Information Centre.
No toilets at this car park but there are some in the 'lower" car park by the Bus Station which is a short walk from the Tourist Information Centre. Ladies note 20 pence may be required to use the toilet. Blokes pee free.
Parking is very limited nearer the hillfort and likely to annoy the locals so please use the car park at the Tourist Information Centre if driving.
Posted by herbwormwood
18th April 2006ce
Edited 18th April 2006ce


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"All you can see of this encircling wall is a broad spread of collapsed rubble, but it must have been about two metres high and more than three metres wide when originally build. A second inner wall was built later, perhaps to reinforce the weakest part of the hillfort on its north and east side. Inside are the barely visible remains of 20 circular huts - shallow scoops in the ground between 4 and 8m across." Northumberlans National Park leaflet. Posted by BrigantesNation
10th August 2003ce