The Roads

The British countryside is full of old roads, from Neolithic ridgeways along the chalk downs of the south to 18th century roads built for military support in Scotland.   Some of these roads survive, but many have been absorbed into later road systems. If you drive along the A68 north of Corbridge, and wonder why it’s very straight, that’s because it was a Roman Road (actually a stretch of Dere Street to the south of the length described on this site).

All these roads had activity around them. But the Cheviot Border roads are a bit special, because many of these activities have been preserved in the landscape. This means you can walk for just a couple of hours and see Bronze Age hut circles, Iron Age camps and farms, Romano-British settlements, medieval field systems and post-medieval sheep stells and farmhouses. It’s all there.

Introductory map showing the old routeways through the Cheviots

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