Natural England - The Cheviot (SSSI)

The Cheviot (SSSI)

Location and Access Information
Grid Reference: NT 908205

Granite tor, The Cheviot.

Granite tor, The Cheviot.

The main upland mass of The Cheviot and its associated tors can be accessed from a number of locations, with the Pennine Way providing access to the summit area. A minor road running south-west of Wooler penetrates into the hills providing access to within 3km of The Cheviot and the tors located to its east. The glacial channels at Yeavering can be accessed from the Yeavering on the B6351, west of Wooler.

Geological Interest

The upland area of the north-eastern Cheviot Hills is formed from volcanic (lavas) and igneous (granite) rocks of Devonian age (380 million years ago). The granite summit is characterised by areas of wet acidic blanket bog and patches of heather in drier areas. The volcanic rocks typically weather to form rounded hills, but a few craggy outcrops of more resistant lava occur on some hilltops and ‘tors’ of granite are found on some hills notably Great and Little Standrop. The Cheviots also display many typical glacial and post-glacial features that formed during the Ice Age of the last 1.5 million years. The curious hollows of Bizzle and Henhole are cirques or corries carved out of the north face of the hills by glacial scouring. Water from melting ice cut the meltwater channels seen today below Yeavering Bell.