Hadrian's Wall

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Set in the heart of Northumberland, ideally located for the rolling countryside, dramatic coastlines and impressive castles, Sycamore Cottage is located in Barrasford, a pretty and quiet village which sits along the river North Tyne which runs from Kielder reservoir, an ancient village lying in the shadow of Haughton Castle. 

Eight miles south of Barrasford is Hexham and its rich in history, including the Abbey which originated as a monastery founded by Wilfrid in 674, the crypt of the original monastery survives, and incorporates many stones taken from nearby Roman ruins. The current Hexham Abbey dates largely from the 11th century onward, but was significantly rebuilt in the 19th century.

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Between Barrasford and Hexham lies Hadrian's Wall which was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, Emperor Hadrian commenced the walls construction in in AD 122, running from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea (73 miles), it formed the northern limit of the Roman Empire. The wall was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.


Northumberland is the least densely populated county in England, with only 62 people per square kilometre, it has a deep and rich heritage from numerous battles, coalfields and coastal fishing villages.


The County stretches from the Durham, Cumbrian and Tyne and Wear borders, to the Scottish Border. Ideally located for exploring Northumberland’s Dark Skies, moors and hills, market towns, history, traditions and culture including:

Landscapes and outdoor activities

  • Hadrian’s Wall

  • Northumberland National Park

  • Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Northumberland International Dark Sky Park

  • Kielder Water Forest Park

  • Scottish Borders

Visitor attractions

  • Beamish Open Air Museum

  • Alnwick Castle and Gardens 

  • The Sill

Historical attractions

  • Vindolanda

  • Housesteads

  • Gibside Hall

  • Wallington Hall

  • Bamburgh Castle 

  • Warkworth Castle 

  • Chillingham Castle


There is a plethora of species and habitats to discover, from the lecking of the black grouse on the moorland, to the sound of the curlew.  The puffins and seals off the Farne Islands to the leaping salmon along the Tyne.

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