Walk Around Bellingham
The village of Bellingham is located in an attractive area of the Northumberland National Park. There's nice riverside trails along the River North Tyne which runs right through the village. You can also pick up the Pennine Way long distance trail or pay a visit to the Hareshaw Linn waterfall, just to the north of the village.
This short walk takes you along a riverside path just to the west of Bellingham. It runs for about 1.5 miles on fairly flat paths to Cuddies Loup. On the way you'll pass the lovely Riverdale Hall which has a cricket field and salmon river in its own delightful grounds. There's also nice views of Dunterley Fell to enjoy on the way.
Back in the village you can pay a visit to the Grade-I listed St Cuthbert's Church which dates from the 13th century. There's also Bellingham Bridge, a Grade II listed building built in 1834.
The Heritage Centre is the local museum. It has exhibitions on the Border Counties Railway, the Border reivers, mining, farming, the photography of W P Collier, and the Stannersburn Smithy.
To continue your walking in the area you can head west to explore the expansive Kielder Forest. There's miles of great cycling and walking trails here with a fantastic route around Kielder Water.
The town is also not far from the epic Hadrian's Wall Path which is also located to the south of the town.
Bellingham Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bellingham Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bellingham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bellingham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Bellingham
- Pennine Way - This fabulous 268 mile path takes you through three of England's finest national parks
- Hareshaw Linn - This walk takes you to the beautiful Hareshaw Linn waterfall in the Northumberland National Park
- Kielder Forest Lakeside Way - This fantastic circular cycling and walking route takes you around the beautiful Kielder Water in Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland
- Hadrian's Wall Path - Starting in Wallsend near the east coast of England, head across the country to Bowness-on-Solway along this wonderful trail that follows the famous Roman wall
- Colt Crag Reservoir - This walk visits the lovely Colt Crag Reservoir near Hexham and Corbridge in Northumberland.
- Sweethope Loughs - This walk visits the Sweethope Loughs in Northumberland, near Bellingham.
The Carriages Tea Room at Bellingham Station is an interesting place to visit. You can enjoy a range of light lunches, freshly baked scones and homemade cakes on-board the old 1957 Mark 1 Carriages. The restored Carriage's still contain the original seats and many of the original fixtures and fittings from when the train was last used for public service. They do a very good afternoon tea for a reasonable price. You can find the cafe at Station Yard, Woodburn Road, Bellingham with a postcodfe of NE48 2DG for your sat navs.
The Cheviot Hotel is another good option in the village. The hotel contains a decent bar with a good menu and a nice outdoor seating area. It's also dog friendly if you have your pet with you. You can find it on Main Street at a postcode of NE48 2AU.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles to the east of the town you'll find some pleasant woodland and waterside walking around Colt Crag Reservoir and Sweethope Loughs. These pretty lakes are also a good spot for wildlife watching with various wildfowl visitors to look out for on the water.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northumberland National Park Walks page.