Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A pretty North Tyne village, Bellingham to the north-west of Hexham, is situated on the Hareshaw burn at its confluence with the River North Tyne. Hareshaw Linn is a waterfall on the Hareshaw Burn near Bellingham and is in itself worth a visit.

Famous as a stopping point on the Pennine Way trail it is popular with walkers and cyclists. There is also an 18 hole golf course which was established in 1893.

The Heritage Centre is the local museum. Its exhibitions include the Border Counties Railway, the Border Reivers, mining, farming, the photography of W P Collier, and the Stannersburn Smithy. It has a database of local family names and one of old photographs. It also holds special exhibitions of historical or artistic interest, and readings and performances by poets, storytellers, musicians and dancers.

The Grade-I listed St Cuthbert's Church (13th-century, substantially reconstructed in the early 17th 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.