Tosson Lime Kiln

A short distance from Great Tosson is Tosson lime kiln, which has been restored by Northumberland National Park Authority.

There were once 400 lime kilns in Northumberland as part of the drive to improve the land. However, Tosson kiln was actually designed by architect George Reavell, from Alnwick, in 1888 for Lord Armstrong of Cragside.

Tosson Lime Kiln near Rothbury

Limestone would have been carted from quarries and coal from local pits to be burned together at a high temperature. The resultant quicklime was used for agricultural improvement and to make mortar. The lime kiln was in operation up to the start of the Second World War when it was thought the glow from the kiln would attract enemy aircraft.

Tosson is now the best preserved lime kiln in the national park, and a small car park and picnic area is provided for visitor. From here you can enjoy beautiful views on the Cheviot Hills. 

Looking toward the Cheviot Hills from Tosson Lime Kiln in the Northumberland National Park, England. OS REF: NU 027009

Getting There

Follow the main road from Rothbury across the bridge towards Hexham. Turn right up Cemetery Bank and at the top of the hill turn right again. Proceed towards Great Tosson following the road signs.