Ros Hill

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Ros Hill
Ros Hill.jpg
Ros Hill from the road across Hepburn Moor
Highest point
Elevation315 m (1,033 ft)
Prominencec. 222 m (728 ft)
Parent peakThe Cheviot
LocationNorthumberland, England
OS gridNU081253
Topo mapOS Landranger 75

Ros Hill, also known as Ros Castle due to the 3,000-year-old Iron Age hill fort on its summit, is a hill in the county of Northumberland in northern England. It is the highest point of a low range of hills stretching from Alnwick to Berwick-upon-Tweed — the Chillingham Hills. Other tops of the Chillingham Hills include Titlington Pike, Dod Law and Doddington Northmoor. However, Ros Hill is significantly higher than these and towers over the surrounding landscape with easily enough relative height to make it a Marilyn.

Ros Hill is situated just above Chillingham, with its famous herd of cattle. Due to the wide enclosure of the cattle there are no paths on the western slopes, and the eastern slopes are featureless moor, so the best ascent option is to park at the summit of the minor road that crosses Hepburn Moor just to the south of the summit, giving a walk just over half a mile long and taking about half an hour.

The summit is marked by a trig point and nearby there is a rather unusual walk-in toposcope built into the wall with four separate plaques. The view is panoramic and very extensive, and on a clear day, a total of seven castles can be seen from the summit, including the one on Holy Island.[1] There is also a view over the cattle park.


Ros Hill preserves the Brittonic element rhos,[2] 'moor, promontory'.


  1. ^ "Ros Castle" (PDF). Historic Environment Survey for The National Trust Properties in Northumberland. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  2. ^ Gibson, William Sidney (1862). An historical memoir on Northumberland. Oxford University: Longman and Roberts. p. 24. ISBN 9781179489926. Retrieved 17 October 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Ros Castle Pictures and historical notes for Ros Castle.

Coordinates: 55°31′17″N 1°52′24″W / 55.52138°N 1.87327°W / 55.52138; -1.87327