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Picturesque village used for TV mini-series


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Catherine Cookson TV adaptations were set here

Simonburn in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

An ancient cross at Simonburn. Photo by David Taylor.

People have lived here since prehistoric times, as there are rock carvings at nearby Davys Lee. St Mungo’s Church dates from the 13th century, and is known as the Mother Church of the North Tyne Valley.


This timeless village of sash-windowed stone cottages is halfway between Hexham and Bellingham. The picturesque village green and the surrounding houses were used as location for TV mini-series of the Catherine Cookson novels.

What’s on offer

Tea room, gift shop, car parking, accommodation, public transport to Nunwick, a five-minute walk from Simonburn.

Simonburn Tea Room

Home to a tea room, gift shop and local shop with a wide range of local produce, gift shop as well as tea room. Dog lovers will love meeting Dexter, the very friendly West Highland Terrier of owner Ann Maddison. Accommodation and free WiFi available. For more, click here.

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The beautiful outside area in front of Simonburn Tea Rooms. Photo by Deve Photography.

Getting There

Car: From the A1, follow the A69 to Acomb. Then follow the A6079 and B6320 to your destination.

  • Nunwick Hall is a privately owned 18th-century country house nearby.
  • The house is a Grade II* listed building.
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