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A great starting point for exploring the Park


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On the banks of the River Rede

Harry Hotspur Percy.

Sir Henry “Hotspur” Percy.

This monument, also known as Battle Stone, lies just north west of Otterburn. It commemorates the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 and is named after the Percys of Northumberland who lost against their arch enemies, the Douglases of Scotland. The English army suffered a bloody defeat by the Scots, with over a thousand English soldiers killed and their leader Sir Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy held for ransom.

Fawdon Hill

You can walk up here from Otterburn to see the site of an iron age hill fort. It was also the winning position of the Earl of Douglas against Harry ‘Hotspur’ Percy in the Battle of Otterburn (1388). For those of a more mythical turn of mind, the Fairy Queen Mab is supposed to reside here.


This small village lies on the banks of the River Rede, near to where it joins Otter Burn. It’s a great base to explore the beautiful Redesdale valley. Otter footprints can sometimes be spotted in the mud of river banks. It’s a great spot to refuel after exploring the Otterburn Ranges.

What’s on offer

Pubs and restaurants, Otterburn Mill, shops, accommodation.

Otterburn Mill

Free. Car parking. Toilets. Café. Visit for: A glimpse into the weaving trade that used to thrive here. See the mill workings and a collection of archive materials. For more, click here.

Otterburn in Northumberland National Park by Justine Lester.

The picturesque village of Otterburn. Photo by Justine Lester.

Getting There

Car: From the A1, follow the A696 to Otterburn.

  • In Victorian times an ‘Otterburn’ was a hard-wearing rug to keep you snug on a coach ride.
  • A royal request was made by for a miniature version to fit the current Queen's pram.
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Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.

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