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Prehistoric artists making their mark


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Transporting you back to prehistory

Lordenshaws and Simonside in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

Ancient rock art at Lordenshaws. Photo by David Taylor.

The most intriguing feature is the cup shapes and grooves carved into the rock more than 5,000 years ago. Why did our ancestors make their mark here? The mystery has yet to be solved but while you ponder, take in some amazing views from this great spot.


Lordenshaws in Northumberland National Park.

The spectacular cup and rings marks left by ancient civilisations.

Be transported back to prehistory by the hillforts, burial mounds and intriguing rock carvings our ancestors left behind.

What’s on offer

History, walking, car parking, and public transport in the summer.

Iron Age hillfort

Wander around the impressive remains of an Iron Age hillfort built 2,000 years ago.

You can still see the double ramparts and the impressions of round houses on the ground.

Bronze Age burial mounds

These lie to the north east of the Lordenshaws fort.

These mounds house the remains of people buried between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago.

Explore Lordenshaws on Google Street View

Getting There

Car: Take the B6342 road from Rothbury in the direction of Hexham and then along a track towards Simonside.

Bus: There is a summertime bus service 508 between Morpeth and Rothbury.

  • For more information on Rock Art in the area, visit the Northumberland Rock Art website at
Point of Interest

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