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Name:Long Crag
Hill number:2316
Height:319m / 1047ft
RHB Section:33: The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
County/UA:Northumberland (CoU)
Catchment:Aln, Catchment Boundaries, Coquet
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,3,Cm)
Grid ref:NU 06222 06934
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:169m
Col:150m  NU034076  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 81
(1:25k) 332
Observations:ground c. 30m NNW is 0.1m lower; ground 45m E at NU 06269 06941 is c 0.5m lower; ground 220m E at NU 06444 06928 is c 1.5m lower; cairn 150m SW is c 2m lower
Survey:Abney level
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Minor road off A697. We park near Rough Castles. A Red Squirrel welcomes us. Track through forestry then a footpath (where hundreds of silvery spiders webs dew laid glint in the sun) takes us up to Coe Crags where the edge falls away. Summit and trig now visible in the distance. Extensive views south towards Tosson Hill and North to the Cheviots and Ros Castle. The early sun and blue has given way to glowery grey skies. Rain forecast later. Greatdisplay of fungi in the woodsbriandavies30/09/2019
From car park, followed a map from Hillwalkers App. Weather wasn’t the best on ascent but clouds lifted at the summit to reveal lovely views. Got lost on the way down. Map writer must have got bored at the end of his/her description! Counted this 7.5 mile walk as a very nice exercise build up for some higher summits this autumn.SueVinny12/09/2019
With K and RM easily from eastAshley19/04/2019
As per MOYDH. Decent views on a clear day.willyross10/10/2018
Solo trip. Extremely windy. Hundreds of toadstools in the forest.Invicta1409/10/2018
With GeraldRob Pen y Garn01/10/2018
G RIdris01/10/2018
Parked opposite forest track entrance from road just south of Rough Castles. Up via first right hand fork in track shown on OS map which is a path not a track. Returned via second fork.raffemeister15/09/2018
Parked up for lunch on way to Wooler and discovered we were parked exactly at start point into the woods for this hill. Well, it would be rude not to! Up through the woods then under the electric cables, fork right on the track. Where track looks to turn left beside woodland higher up, care taken to go into the woods on a lesser path (this is out on the open hill folks). Tuck in to woods and the path takes you almost up to the summit. Came back over Coe Crags and worked back down into the forest to pick up outward route by the pylons. Made a nice 2 hour walk.nickywood102/08/2018
A lovely day for a stroll up from the track that starts south of Rough Castles. The first path right (a fair way after the pylons) is a nice narrow footpath, and not the vehicle track imagined by the OS. Out on the moor, the main path leads inexorably to the top and wonderful views.Gill05/10/2017
From pull in at Thrunton Woods just down from the mast. Straightforward no navigational issues. A super viewpoint watching squalls on distant hills. Large section of forestry has been clear felled which looks worse than the trees. 2/4 today on drive up from Stafford.stig_nest12/09/2017
From Thrunton woods Layby to the east. Easy walk on track then path.N.Morters18/08/2017
Turn north-west off the A697 just north of Wandysteads (signposted Thrunton Woods). After half a mile or so there is a small pull-in opposite a gated entrance into the woods (alt 202m). Good walk along a decent forest track, eventually turning north to the open access moor. From here a track leads west right to the summit. 7km return, 90 minutes 131m ascent.moorsman02/08/2017
Parked at rough castles 091 072, followed forest track then path to top.Cas-gwent19/07/2017
Went the long way to Long Crag. Trudged along the red path (worst walking trails ever) until I eventually spied a small gate in a wall - red trail pointed onwards but checked the map and the gate was the right way. This led to Castle Hill. Checked my compass at the top and headed down to McCartney's Cave. From there headed up to the two cairns and then across moorland to a stone cairn with some good views. Crossed the moor to the foot of Long Crag passing a small herd of wild ponies. Climbed the steep path and there was a little bit of low grade scrambling needed over a couple of rocks. Weather turned nasty at the top of the hill so chose to head south on a forest path that led to a forestry road that took me to the public road. Then a long trudge back to the car park along the road. Would've been better to have missed out the red path trail and took a more direct route to Long Crag... then do the cave and castle hill another day. Being February, I had to keep up a quick pace in case NorthernWayfarer21/02/2017
With SteveGinaSmith03/02/2017
From minor road to E, with Mrs G in inclement weather. Good forest road then track. On to Carrington Hill for an 8 mile circular walk.jonglew12/10/2016
Solo. Rather than a dash by the quickest route, I started at the Thrunton Woods car park at NU085096 and made a circular walk. Started with easy walking on broad tracks through forest and then W on path beside Coe Burn. Path is well trodden and continues up western slopes of Long Crag. Continued on path over point 308m and down to footbridge at NU079075. Fine, warm and dry day.pwbellarby18/08/2016
with my family. Parked near Rough Castle and walked in on forestry road using a path up a parallel firebreak earlier than the usual track to reach close to Coe's Crag and so avoiding meeting the foresters. Easy walk to summit for SOTA activation and return via same firebreak.M0YDH16/08/2016
From Coeburn, follow trail runners markers up and down.rhalstead26/03/2016
#558tim74706/03/2016
From end of forest road as others. Just followed track all the way and ignored the felling signs (why do they not say they don't work on Sundays). Wind picking up but missed the rain.SS07/02/2016
2mFM Radio Activation SB-008. Easy walk but difficult VHF.Petem0hqo02/09/2015
From the East. Parked on minor road. Track and path to summit.AndrewFinnimore18/06/2015
Parked opposite forest track at NU 09160 07235. Along track to 07805 06578, then right up grassy break (shown as track on 1:25k), which came out nicely for a walk along ridge. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/another-surprise-five.htmlGayle28/05/2015
track and path to the top early morning in the dark.robertphillips17/01/2015
Roadside parking opposite forest track entrance at NU09166 07215 – Along forest track for just over 1¼ miles to bend in track at NU07296 06670 – Up indistinct path to ridge – Along ridge to summit trig point. (PM)gerrybowes05/01/2015
From 092072 where there is car parking. Followed the gravel road running south west. Headed right at the end of this and then after a short distance and at the bend go through the forest before reaching the open heath. With GB.bolton05/01/2015
From forest road end - 4 miles there and back - easy 90 minutesCrib Goch24/12/2014
Easy walk along a forest road , only 100 meters climb.tallblond09/11/2014
Dave G3TQQ & Geoff 2E0NON completed this one after doing Tosson Hill with the RWG.G4OOE05/11/2014
Easy walk along forest tracks and hill paths from the entrance at NU 091072.martin_hall24/10/2014
Started from sizeable car park near Thrunton Red House. Coe Hill, Coe Crags, Long Crag, Hard Nab, Castle Hill 7 forest tracks back to start. Brightened through the day. Heather in full flower. Good views from the top.PaulH11/08/2014
Easy walk in from E. Plenty of parking opposite forest road end.Thearlaichdubh30/06/2014
With MS. Easy track from east.amswanston22/12/2013
Ticked on the rest day of a National Trust volunteer holiday at Cragside. Parked just north of Callaly and walked to Castle Hill, then up to the cave and out on to Hard Nab. After the summit and Coe Crags, worked our way through the forest to the path down thats east of Callaly Crags and back to car. A fine walk enjoyed by all.mindlessflogger16/10/2013
Easy ascent from the east. Parked at end of forest frack just north of road junction. The only tricky bit is finding where the footpath leaves the track to head up to the hill. Nice heather topped top.Father Ted27/08/2013
From the road to the east. I followed the obvious track which came out on the ridge further west than I expected. No problem though. 4.4 miles round trip but easy under foot and gradient all the way.clivevilla28/06/2013
SOTA International Cycling weekend so I rode bike to this one. Very good route mostly track from Rough Castle NU 092072. Operate ham radio using short wave morse and on VHF FM voice comms.G4OBK (Phil)10/06/2013
Second ascent, w Jenx from forest entrance, ample parking at 092072. As dbb but watch halfway up path from end of track new line established that goes off to west and downhill. May connect to top but straight on best course to top ridge, summit mound in view. Another cold icy ascent in the mad March of \'13. First time w JD from car park at GR086087 twin top and trig 01/09/89nordicstar24/03/2013
Last/5 for day around the Cheviot. Set off from the east at about sunset, the maps show the track OK but the subsequent path or new forestry and on the way down I found myself in a thick forest blackout. Fortunately I had my GPS device and a torch in my mobile phone.Topographer5727/02/2013
Climbed with family from South via Cartington Hill. Would not advise climbing this way - was a bogfest through knee deep heather, waist high bracken and pubic footpaths which seemed to not exist for several miles, but was happy to reach the trig point.smiffy7728/07/2012
great walk from rough castles with brilliant views from the rock edges, 4,61 mile of well earned walkinggeordie27/05/2012
KeithByTheC09/03/2012
Nice dayandying15/01/2012
a nice gentle ascentJohnStoneham01/09/2011
Parked at 092072 (19:05) and cycled up forest track for 20 min to 074065. Then along path through remaining forest to top of ridge and thence to summit in evening sunshine.dbb09/08/2011
from side road via the trees - just down before dusk and into dirzzle off the topgigglejon23/03/2010
From the East - good walk.destaylor08/10/2009
Have orienteered here without reaching the summit, but this was an afternoon walk from the parking place on minor road to north east via Callaly Crag.JohnW15/08/2008