The gateway to North Tyne

Where the River North Tyne and Hareshaw Burn meet lies the historic market town of Bellingham. It’s a well-known stop-over on the Pennine Way, the Pennine Cycle Way and the Reivers Coast to Coast cycle route.

There are shops, eating places, banking, library, garage, toilets, car parks and bus stops. Accommodation is available and it is accessible by public transport.

The annual show is held on the last Saturday in August including sheep judging, home produce competitions, displays and country crafts.

History of Bellingham

St Cuthbert’s Church dates back to the 13th century. It has a stone barrel vault to stop it being burnt down by Border raiders.

Look out for The Long Pack in the graveyard, allegedly the grave of a burglar who hid in a beggar’s pack to infiltrate a local house.

Discovered when he had a coughing fit, the house owner killed him with a sword.

You can also visit the Heritage Centre at Bellingham. Here you will see A genuine blacksmith’s forge, railway memorabilia, replica Reiver clan weapons and more in this fascinating family-friendly museum.

Getting there

By car

From the A1, take the A69 and then the A68 to reach Bellingham.

By bus

The 680 route runs up to nine times per days and provides a service between Bellingham and Hexham. The Saturday-only 808 provides a service to and from Newcastle.