Home to hidden waterfalls, secrets of St Cuthbert and walking routes in abundance, beautiful Bellingham’s idyllic setting makes for a peaceful escape. Sitting on the banks of the North Tyne, stone cottages adorned with ivy sit around every corner, oozing that stereotypical English village charm.
Find an open fire, kick off your shoes and warm your toes in one of Bellingham’s irresistibly cosy pubs or family-run B&Bs. Snug cafés can be found on the quirky street corners, where you can fill your (walking) boots with a Full English or a cream-smothered scone.
St Cuthbert's Well, known by the locals as Cuddy’s Well, while you’re exploring the village. The ancient, holy well sits beside the eleventh-century St Cuthbert's Church that was associated with seventh century monk St Cuthbert. Sites relating to the saint are scattered across Northumberland and this is one of the most picturesque, sitting on a grassy bank that leads to the river.
Step into your hiking boots and follow the Hareshaw Linn Walk which ends at a magnificent, 30 feet waterfall. The route takes you through breath-taking countryside and past the remains of an old ironworks, until you finally reach Hareshaw Linn. This designated Site of Special Scientific Interest homes rare ferns and lichen as well as red squirrels, woodpeckers and wood warblers. Bellingham also sits in the midst of long walking routes The Pennine Way and The Sandstone Way, making it the perfect stopping point for hikers and cyclists.
Visit Bellingham Heritage Centre and celebrate Bellingham's rich industrial and cultural past, or make the most of the village's proximity to the
North Tyne River and try a spot of fishing
. For those who prefer more active pursuits there is also an excellent 18-hole golf course
and a fitness centre.
Time your visit with Bellingham’s annual show and country festival and enjoy live bands, children’s activities, food stalls, beer tents, traditional Northumbrian games and more.