Low Grains: lower down the valley below High Grains is an old farmhouse built by the Armstrongs, probably from stone retrieved from the Wall. It was originally a pele tower, much later a poor house and has the unique asset of a spring with petrifying properties

  • Barron’s Pike: above High Grains, the peak was once used as a signalling beacon by the Romans, was the place where midsummer bonfires were lit and probably is named from the man who built Rigghead (the house below High Grains) in 1734. John Barron’s grave is in the churchyard along with his sister(?) Margaret. He died in 1770; she died in 1737 aged 19.
  • The Bewcastle Hounds: are thought to be one of the oldest hunting packs in the country. The hounds are followed on foot – apart from the hunt leader who rides his horse. They still have outings today.
  • The Galloway herd of Bewcastle: the Nobles bred the black cattle and their herd is the oldest on record in the area. The family lived first at Border Rigg  and later at the Demesne.
  • Spadeadam Forest or Waste: the peat in this remote spot is thought to be 6000 years old and  a few stumps- the remains of a petrified forest – can be found in the bed of the Kingwater stream near Dunblar Rigg
  • The stone bridge at Lanercost: you probably noticed this graceful bridge on your way to Bewcastle. It was one of the few bridges to survive the violent storms and floods of 1771; all the bridges on the Tyne were swept away.
« of 2 »