A picture perfect picnic spot

A picturesque little village is surrounded by pastureland and trees.  Situated in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Ingram has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site.

It is the ideal base for setting off on one of the many hill walks to explore the history and hillforts of the area. It also has an 11th-century Anglican church, St Michael and All Angels, steeped in history and still holding regular services.

There is a Café, which includes the Breamish Valley Archaeology Exhibition, which has some lovely finds unearthed by archaeologists over the years. Free Toilets and Bike Parking available.

Ingram Café

In the village, you will find the Ingram Cafe a family run business serving light meals, snacks and drinks seven days a week. The café situated within the former National Park Visitor Centre where you can find information about the Northumberland National Park including an archaeology exhibition for visitors to learn more about the history of the Breamish Valley.

Historic Village Atlas

“The Historic Village Atlas is an in depth study of the history of 17 villages and settlements across the National Park. Known as the least populated National Park in the UK with less than 2,000 residents, there are no large settlements within the National Park. However, this wasn’t always the case, and the villages and hamlets were much more heavily populated in the past than they are today.

The Historic Village Atlas project began in 2004 and was carried out by Newcastle based The Archaeological Practice. It drew on a combination of sources, including archaeological data, aerial photographs, historic building records, old and modern photographs, and original historic maps and documents. It aimed at stimulating community interest in history and archaeology and lead on to further local community-led projects.

Each volume has four main parts:

1. An introduction to historic villages, the methods used and the sources consulted in their study;
2. An analysis and historical summary of the village;
3. A map showing the archaeological sensitivity of each village, classified as of high or medium sensitivity;
4. Conclusions and opportunities for further research
5. A glossary of words and phrases used in the atlas and bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Click here to download the Ingram Historic Village Atlas.


Getting there

Ingram 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.

Dean Wilkinson

Dean Wilkinson

Chairman, THONTA

Whether it's the call of the Curlew heralding Spring, whether the glimpse of an otter in the river Breamish, whether the ink black skies in the depth of winter, or whether because it's right on our doorstep, the Ingram Valley has to be my favourite place in the National Park.