Historic village in the north of the National Park

The beautiful village of Kirknewton is made up of farm buildings and cottages.

It lies at the entrance to the College Valley in Glendale, on the very northern edge of the National Park boundary. Kirknewton is the only conservation area in Northumberland National Park. It was created in 1996 to protect and enhance the special architectural and historical interest of the area.

The Village Hall in Kirknewton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site perfect for viewing the dark skies over the Northumberland National Park.

Easter Tor

A bronze-socketed axe was found on the summit of Easter Tor in 1904, which suggests it was once a holy place.

History of Kirknewton

The village was designated part of the barony of Wark-on-Tweed, set up by King Henry I in the 12th century to reward key supporters. The parish church of St Gregory’s was often damaged by hostile armies and raiders.

It was so bad in 1436 that the priest was licensed to say mass outside the church for ‘so long as the hostility of the Scots then existing should continue’. It is very close to the archaeological remains in College Valley and Yeavering Bell and Gefrin.