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.
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History of the Breamish Valley
The Breamish Valley contains an amazing concentration of prehistoric hillforts. These enclosures, made of earth and stone ramparts around a central area, were built by ancient Britons 2,300 years ago. They were built in a landscape already rich in the monuments of the people who had lived here before. Each hillfort seems to sit in its own territory, separated from its neighbour.
In many of the hillforts, including Brough Law, Middle Dean and Wether Hill, you can see faint circles on the ground that are the remains of their timber roundhouses. The surrounding hillsides are covered in cultivation terraces on which our ancestors grew crops, and also scattered over the hills are burial cairns that date to the Bronze Age (4,000 years ago). Surprisingly there had been very few archaeological excavations here before the 1990s when Northumberland National Park Authority set up the Breamish Valley Archaeological Project.
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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.