A village with old fashioned charm.
Bellingham, (pronounced Bell-in-jum), is just a 10-minute walk from Brown Rigg and is the gateway village to Kielder Water & Forest Park.
The attractive village has many traditional inns, pubs, cafes, shops; a children’s playpark and an excellent 18-hole golf course. The North Tyne River meanders through the village and is popular for fishing.
Bellingham’s Heritage Centre celebrates the areas rich farming and mining past. You can explore an entire blacksmiths forge; the romance of the age of steam on the “Wannie” railway line; discover a fascinating insight into the robbery and violence of the Border Reivers Raiders that was rife in the 16th century and you can visit the school day exhibition of our very own Brown Rigg Camp school.
Known locally as Cuddy`s Well, it is said that the natural spring, which was blessed by St Cuthbert, has remarkable healing properties and the water is still used today for baptisms in the adjacent 11th century St Cuthbert’s Church.
Hareshaw Linn Walk is a stunning 2.5-mile walk, passing through the remains of an old ironwork, alongside a burn, crossing 6 wooden bridges and ending at a magnificent 30-foot waterfall.
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