GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ros Castle

2 miles (2.5 km)

This walk climbs to an Iron Age Hillfort and splendid viewpoint in Northumberland.
The walk starts from the car park just to the west of the hill and just north of Hepburn Wood. From here you can follow a country lane east for about half a mile before following another footpath up to the hill top. The hill is the highest point of theChillingham Hills which stretch fromAlnwicktoBerwick-upon-Tweed. It's a lovely spot with lots of pretty heather and extensive views to the Cheviots and Lindisfarne Castle and Holy Island on the coast. After taking in the views the route descends back to the car park on the same paths.

Ros Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ros Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The nearby Chillingham Castle has some nice tea rooms where you could enjoy some refreshments after your walk. The 13th century castle also has some lovely grounds and gardens to explore.

Dog Walking

The hill makes for a fine dog walk and there are more nice trails to be found in Hepburn Woods.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south from the car park and you can explore the woodland trails in Hepburn Woods. There's also the adjacent Hepburn Crags where there are more excellent views to enjoy.
Head north and you can pay a visit to Chillingham Castle to extend your walking in the area. The 13th century castle is said to be the most haunted in Britain. It's surrounded by gardens, lakes and fountains with easy footpaths to explore on. You can find the castle just to the north west of the hill at postcode NE66 5NJ. From the hill top there are fine views over the estate and the wild cattle in the park.
Chillingham Castle - - 1283636 East end of the Italian Garden, Chillingham Castle - - 1282766
Pictured above the nearby Chillingham Castle and Italian Gardens.
The hill is not far from Alnwick where you could try the Alnwick to Bamburgh Walk and visit the historic Bamburgh castle on the coast. Wooler Common is also located a few miles to the north west and has some fine trails to try.
The walk to Cateran Hole starts from the Hepburn woods car park. You can follow trails east to the unusual site where you'll find a series of steps leading down to a murky underground cave.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cheviots Walks and Northumberland Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ros Castle - - 844312

The stone structure and triangulation pillar at the summit.

Plaque, Ros Castle - - 844317

Plaque, Ros Castle Bronze, on the triangulation pillar.

View from Ros Castle - - 886902

View from Ros Castle. A steep climb to get there but well worth the view

View of Hedgehope and Cheviot below Ros Castle - - 1142214

View of Hedgehope Hill and The Cheviot below Ros Castle

Ros Castle Trig Point - - 624323

Trig Point The text on the Trig Point is as follows: "Ros Castle Camp. This height with its wide prospect was a favourite resort of Sir Edward Grey afterwards Viscount Grey of Fallodon, K.G., Foreign Secretary December 1905 to December 1916. In 1956 it was presented to the National Trust as part of a national memorial to him."

Ros Hill Wood - - 700292

Ros Hill Wood Ride, marked as a path on the 1:50000 map and makes a circular route to Ros Castle.


GPS Files

GPX File

Ros Castle.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Ros Castle.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)