The Cheviot

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The Cheviot
The Cheviot in snow
Highest point
Elevation815 m (2,674 ft)
Prominence556 m (1,824 ft)
Parent peakBroad Law
ListingMarilyn, Hewitt, County Top, Nuttall
Coordinates55°28′42″N 2°08′44″W / 55.47823°N 2.14553°W / 55.47823; -2.14553Coordinates: 55°28′42″N 2°08′44″W / 55.47823°N 2.14553°W / 55.47823; -2.14553
The Cheviot is located in Northumberland
The Cheviot
The Cheviot
The Cheviot in Northumberland
LocationCheviot Hills, England
OS gridNT909205
Topo mapOS Landranger 74/75

The Cheviot (/ˈivɪət/) is the highest summit in the Cheviot Hills in the far north of England, only 1¼ miles (2 km) from the Scottish border. It is the last major peak on the Pennine Way, if travelling from south to north, before the descent into Kirk Yetholm.

Other than the route via the Pennine Way, most routes up The Cheviot start from the Harthope Burn side to the northeast, which provides the nearest access by road. The summit is around 3 miles (5 km) from the road-end at Langleeford; across the valley to the east is the rounded peak of Hedgehope. There are routes following the ridges above either side of the valley, and a route that sticks to the valley floor until it climbs to the summit of The Cheviot from the head of the valley.

Although the Pennine Way itself does a two-mile out-and-back detour to the Cheviot, many walkers who come this way omit it, since the stage (the last) is 29 miles long.

The Pennine Way approaching the summit of The Cheviot
The Cheviot and Harthope Valley
The landing gear of a B-17 bomber that crashed in World War II

The summit of the Cheviot is very flat. It is an ancient, extinct volcano.[citation needed] It is covered with an extensive peat bog up to 6 feet (2 metres) deep; the Northumberland National Park authority have laid down stone slabs on the main access footpath to prevent erosion damage to the peat and to make the approach to the summit safer for walkers.

North of the summit, in the peat bogs, are the remains of a crashed B-17 bomber, which hit the mountain due to a navigational error in World War II. The more recognisable pieces of wreckage have been removed, but pieces of the aircraft can still be found.


Though the exact etymology behind The Cheviot is unknown, it is generally understood to be Celtic. It can be most plausibly explained as a formation of the Brittonic *ceμ-, 'a ridge', and the nominal suffix -ed.[1]


The view is obscured greatly by the flatness of the summit plateau. Nevertheless, on a clear day the following are visible (from west, clockwise); Broad Law, Moorfoot Hills, Pentland Hills, the Ochils, Lammermuir Hills, Ros Hill, Long Crag, Urra Moor, Tosson Hill, Burnhope Seat, Cross Fell, Helvellyn, Scafell Pike, Skiddaw, Sighty Crag, Peel Fell, and Queensberry.


  1. ^ James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence" (PDF). SPNS - The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

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