A breath-taking setting for family picnics and exhilarating walks

The Breamish Valley with its high, rolling hills and lovely river setting make it perfect for picnicking on the haugh land (pronounced ‘hoff’) alongside the River Breamish, or for walking up to one of the many prehistoric hillforts beyond.

For the more adventurous, discover the beautiful Linhope Spout waterfall, which you can reach following a short walk beyond Hartside. The valley road is also ideal to cycle along at a leisurely pace.

Download out Breamish Valley Map to help you discover more about this incredible place.

 

History of the Breamish Valley

The Breamish Valley is one of the important archaeological landscapes in England. On the hills are remains ranging from Neolithic and Bronze Age burials to hill forts, farmsteads, field systems and deserted medieval villages.

The view from Brough Law hillfort

The view from Brough Law, looking down the Ingram Valley toward Hartside and Linhope.

The Salters Road runs from the upper Breamish Valley across the Cheviots into Scotland. This was the historic pack-horse route for carrying salt from the Northumberland coast into the Scottish borders.

On the hills above the Breamish Valley are many archaeological remains of earlier occupations, from Neolithic and Bronze Age burial sites to hillforts, farmsteads, field systems and deserted medieval villages.

Why not download out Breamish Valley Hillfort Trail to help you explore the area.

Ingram Cafe

For home-made meals, snacks and drinks, visit the Ingram Café, a family-run business in the centre of Ingram, which is open 7 days a week.

Here you can also find local information about the National Park and visit the archaeology exhibition to learn more about the fascinating history of the Breamish Valley. There is also a lovely selection of locally-made gifts to browse.

Ingram Cafe is located next to Ingram Church, which you can access via the the picturesque woodland path from Ingram Bridge Car Park. There is limited parking for visitors with disabilities outside the Cafe – Turn left after you pass Ingram Bridge Car Park and drive 100m to the small car park next to the Church.

Telephone: 01665 578100

 

 

 

Further Information

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Getting to the Breamish Valley

The Breamish Valley is very easy to get to if you are travelling either from the south or from the Scottish Borders.

Travelling from Newcastle, follow the A1 north and turn off onto the A697 to Coldstream and Wooler. Stay on the A697 until you see the sign to Breamish Valley, just north of Powburn. Journey Time from Newcastle to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 1 hour.

Travelling from The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, either take the scenic route across to Rothbury to join the A697, or drive along the A69 to the A1.  Journey Time from The Sill to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Travelling from Coldstream, follow the A697 south until you see the sign to Breamish Valley, just north of Powburn. Journey Time from Coldstream to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 40 minutes.

Journey Time from Edinburgh to Ingram in the Breamish Valley is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes.

Parking in the Valley

There are two car parks in the valley, the first is at Ingram Bridge, with easy footpath access to Ingram Church, Café and Exhibition. The second is at Bulby’s Wood with an information point, adjacent the haugh land for picnics and paddling.

You can also park directly on the haugh land where signed. Please take care not to damage the grass.

For those wanting to explore the upper reaches of the valley and to walk to Linhope Spout waterfall, there is very limited verge parking available at Hartside (no more than 6 cars).

Dog Owners

Dogs are very welcome in the National Park; however as a general rule please keep all dogs on a lead.

Take particular care that your dog does not scare sheep and lambs or wander where it might disturb birds and other wildlife. At certain times, dogs are not allowed on Open Access land for certain land management reasons. Please clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly.

 

 

 

Barbecues and Fire Risk

The impact that fire has on the landscape can be devastating to habitats and wildlife. To minimise the chance of accidental fire taking hold, please don’t drop matches, cigarettes or glass and please don’t place barbecues directly onto the grass – use a flat stone under the barbecue to keep the grass in good condition.