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Breamish Valley

BREAMISH VALLEY winds through the Cheviot Hills of north Northumberland, meandering through the Northumberland National Park.

Home to a wide range of wildlife, trees and flowers, the ancient landscape also boasts numerous Neolithic and Bronze Age hillforts and burial sites.

As part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, Breamish Valley is a stargazer’s paradise: it has the clearest night skies in England!

And being just a few miles from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Northumberland’s unspoilt coastline and beaches, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!


Breamish Valley takes its name from the River Breamish which begins its life on a small hill (a ‘knowe’) known as Scotman’s Knowe, high in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland. From here the river drains northwards into the River Tweed, marking the boundary between England and Scotland.

River Breamish at Ingram
River Breamish at Ingram

Breamish Valley has a rich historical and cultural heritage. There are numerous Neolithic and Bronze Age burial sites, hillforts and abandoned medieval villages.

The valley is home to a diversity of wildlife, including buzzards, stoats, curlews and lapwings. It’s an ideal place to cycle, picnic by the river, go hill walking, stroll through the villages, visit the delightful old churches…or simply relax!

Breamish Valley in Northumberland
Breamish Valley near Branton Village

Breamish Valley from above

The following stunning video that incorporates aerial views of the brilliant Breamish Valley was taken by local Northumbrian, and friend of, Ian Glendinng.

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Blue skies at Branton Lake
Branton Lakes Nature Reserve

Two lakes set in 29 hectares of diverse habitat with numerous species of plants, birds and other wildlife.

Crawley Dene in September
Crawley Dene

Beautiful walk along the disused railway embankment from Powburn southwards, loosely following the route of Shawdon Burn.

Ingram Church in sunshine
Ingram Church

11th century ‘St Michael and All Angels’ church at Ingram in the Breamish Valley.

Linhope Spout in the Breamish Valley
Linhope Spout

Linhope Spout is an 18m chute of water that drops into a 5m deep and 2m wide plunge pool.

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