Transporting you back to prehistory

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

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.

Rock Art CARE

Rock art – also known as cups and rings – is under threat. Made by our Neolithic and Early Bronze Age ancestors between 6,000 and 3,800 years ago, it is mostly found in the countryside. There are more than 6,000 panels in the UK and Ireland – but increasing population densities and agriculture, along with climate change, pose a danger to it.

The Heritage and Science: Working Together in the CARE of Rock Art project has developed resources to aid the protection of open-air rock art in the United Kingdom and Ireland and beyond.

To find out more visit the CARE of Rock Art website.

Getting there

By car

To reach the car park at the start of this walk, take the B6342 South out of Rothbury.

After about 2 miles, turn right on the sharp bend near the National Park boundary sign, onto a single track road. Follow this road to Lordenshaws car park on your right.


Stan Beckensall showing a cup and ring marked stone

Stan Beckensall


The wild and rugged landscape of Northumberland National Park is actually a landscape which has been shaped by people over thousands of years. It is abundant with evidence for prehistoric people, with sites of habitation, hunting, farming, burial and ceremonial. It is a landscape where I have lived and worked for many years, and feel a deep connection with it.