Keys to the Past

Prehistoric Sites in County Durham and Northumberland

Lordenshaws (Northumberland)

Lordenshaws is the site of some of the most spectacular prehistoric rock art to be found in the north-east of England. Further information about visiting this remote site in the Cheviots can be found by contacting one of the Northumberland National Park's visitor centres or visiting the Northumberland National Park website.

Head south from Rothbury on the B6342, following signs for Hexham. After two miles the road takes a sharp left turn. At this point there is a sign right for Simonside and a picnic sign. Take this right turn and continue along the road to the National Park car part. Alternatively if approaching from the south take the A696 and turn right towards Rothbury on the B6342. Turn left at the sign for Simonside. Park and walk along the track keeping the hill on your right. Walk along for about 300 metres.

Hillforts of the Cheviots (Northumberland)

There are about fifty hillforts, such as Yeavering Bell to be found in the Cheviots. Further information about visiting some of these sites can be found by visiting the Northumberland National Park website.

Northumberland County Council has arranged public access to a number of other prehistoric sites in the county including:

Blawearie Burial Cairn, Old Bewick

Access to this site is from a public footpath from the hamlet of Old Bewick on the B6346. Take the bridleway through the gate at the top of the village, past the old reservoir and continue uphill for about 1.5 miles. Before reaching the ruined Blawearie House, turn off the track to the left and the burial cairn will be seen about 30 m metres away.


Information about visiting more prehistoric sites in Northumberland can be found in the Discovering Northumberland's Prehistoric Past leaflet, available from the Archaeology Section at Northumberland County Council.