Right up in the north east corner of England is a hidden valley with over 12,000 acres of wilderness. You won’t find any signposts pointing the way and there is only one narrow road to access the valley. But once you are there then there is much to see and wonder at. This is the College Valley of North Northumberland. The border between England and Scotland was fought over for nearly 300 years until the union in the early 17th century. Out of these difficult times has come a land where development was limited and visitors can still get a sense of what the land was like across the centuries.
Location: England - Northumberland - Hethpool
The nearest airports are Edinburgh and Newcastle. Both are approximately 50 miles away. The nearest train station is Berwick upon Tweed, 20 miles away.
By road, take the A697 to Wooler. Then the Kirk Yetholm road until you come to Kirk Newton. Then follow the instructions above to see the valley.
Day trip contributed by Colin Corlett
Read the full article - The College Valley in Northumberland in the Slow Europe travel guides.