Transporting you back to prehistory

Be transported back to prehistory by the hillforts, burial mounds, and intriguing cup and ring 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.

Cup and Ring Marks

Lordenshaws has one of the largest clusters  of ancient cup and ring marked stones in the country.

Cup and Ring marked rock on Lordenshaws near Rothbury, Northumberland, England

The curious hollows and grooves we call ‘cup and ring marks’ or ‘rock art’ were etched onto outcrops and boulders across Northern Britain and Ireland by Neolithic and Bronze Age people between 6000 and 3500 years ago.


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.