Explore Haydon Bridge

Nestled between the National Park and the North Pennines, Haydon Bridge hugs some of Northumberland’s most spectacular landscapes and is so picturesque that it has inspired both poetry and paint brush strokes.

An inspiring village

The village where artist John Martin used to sit sketching on the romantic riverbanks and Philip Larkin holidayed to take inspiration from the landscape for his poetry. These two details are all you need to envision the idyllic setting of Haydon Bridge.

Haydon Bridge has some of Northumberland’s most staggering landscapes on its doorstep; peaceful Northumberland National Park and the rugged North Pennines are within easy reach and have inspired paintings and poetry alike. Many visitors make the most of the village’s proximity to Hadrian’s Wall and its fascinating forts, and venture there for hiking, cycling and exploration.

Mr George’s Museum of Time in Haydon Bridge is a unique museum with a wide selection of timepieces, keys, tools and parts dating from the 18th century to the late 20th century.

The John Martin trail is a popular walk along the areas that influenced the work of Victorian artist John Martin who was born in the village in 1789. Choose from a gentle 2.5 mile northern section or if you are feeling active the moderately strenuous 11 mile southern section.

The village’s first bridge was built in the 14th century and has grown into the only village which truly has the river at its heart. Stand on the bridge to watch salmon jumping or do the same while enjoying a meal and a drink in a riverside inn.

Get active with the annual Haydon Hundred Cyclo-Sportive, when cyclists travel from far and wide for a challenging tour of the area’s spectacular countryside. Or, swap pedals for pints at Haydon Bridge's annual beer festival, where local bands, caterers and brewers come together to bring you a brilliant, beer-filled event.