Join our guided visit to the last Blackhouse at Catcleugh.
Spend a fascinating half day learning about the history of Catcleugh reservoir. Find out about the two “towns” of Newcastle & Gateshead, built between 1890-1905 to accommodate the workers constructing the Catcleugh Dam and associated works for the then Newcastle & Gateshead Water Company.
Visit the last remaining dwelling on the site restored to its original condition and containing many artefacts of the period, and also visit the church and school which were paramount to the lives of the workers and their families. Then take a short, pleasant stroll through the woodland past the spillway to the Dam to view the reservoir passing some remarkable Victorian engineering on the way.
Nobody knows the best places to visit in the National Park like our volunteers so you’ll never be short of local history, stories, features and viewpoints.
Places for this visit should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment and in the event we need to contact you to cancel or postpone due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Please dress for changeable weather, wear walking boots or shoes and bring drinks and snacks. Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this walk. If you have not already booked online, please pay on arrival. Lace up your boots and enjoy a great time outside.
Duration – 2 hours
Distance – 1.5 miles
Category – Easy. Short walks of 3-8km (2-5 miles). Paths may be rough or uneven with some short ascents and descents.
Starting point (please meet here approx 10 minutes before the start time): Catcleugh Reservoir
Directions: Head north on the A68 towards the England/Scotland border. One mile north of Byrness is the reservoir entrance – you will be met here. Parking is available on the site.
OS Grid Ref: NT 752 032
Postcode: NE19 1TX (approx area)
For those wishing to use GPS/Sat-Nav to find walk start points please note that, particularly in open country, postcodes cover a large area, so, whilst the postcode will get you to the right general area, you will still need to follow the detailed directions to locate the actual Walk Start Point.