A village with old fashioned charm
and gateway to Kielder
Bellingham is just 10 minutes walk from Brown Rigg and is known as the gateway village to Kielder Water & Forest Park.
The village has many traditional inns and pubs with a homely atmosphere, and boasts a thriving community. All the pubs are situated around Manchester Square and offer a range of ales and food.
Don't miss a visit to the Bellingham's Heritage Centre which celebrates the village's rich industrial and cultural past. There are sections on the Border Counties Railway, which ran through the area en route to Scotland until 1958, and a display on the Border Reivers that provides a fascinating insight into the robbery and violence that was rife in 16th century border life.
The nearby river is popular for fishing but for those who prefer more active pursuits there is also an excellent 18-hole golf course and a fitness centre.
Hareshaw Linn Walk is a stunning 2.5 mile walk starting from Bellingham, going through countryside, passing the remains of an old ironworks, (the area was once home to a number of iron and coal mines), and ending at a magnificent 30 feet waterfall.
The Grade-I listed St Cuthbert's Church (13th-century) is described as 'almost unique in England' owing to its stone barrel vault, which runs the length of the Nave and extends into the South Transept.
At the Bellingham Tourist Information Centre you can get information on all local attractions and walks. If you fancy cycling along the quiet roads but didn't bring your own bike, just go and visit The Bike Place where you can hire bikes from just £15.
For anyone interested in fishing, the North Tyne River is just a short walk away (10 mins) from Brown Rigg and is a good spot for Salmon fishing. Fishing permits can be bought in Bellingham.