Explore Bronze Age England at Lordenshaws Fort

Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

Explore the ancient heath and rolling farmland of Northumberland National Park.

Explore Bronze Age Britain with a trip to Northumberland National Park. From the Scottish borders to Hadrian’s Wall, this vast area of ancient heath and rolling farmland is home to some of the oldest rock art in the country. And the good news is you don’t have to spend your day scrabbling round in the dirt to find it.

One of the best places to start is Lordenshaw’s hill fort, in the Parish of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst, where you’ll find leftovers from Britain’s Bronze Age past. The seemingly innocuous grassy humps are actually the remains of the fort itself – but this is only scratching the surface (quite literally) of the historical relics here. Those mysterious patterns and swirls you see etched into the rocks are not random patterns left by Mother Nature; they’re examples of rock art created by Neolithic people, around 6,000 years ago.

Finding it all is easy: simply stroll 400 metres from the car park and bear left to find your first rocks with their tell-tale ‘cup and ring’ motifs.From here you could carry on up into the Simonside crags, where a cracking view of the surrounding countryside awaits.

Read more Close

Refine your search:

Customer survey …

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website.

It should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Please click here to be taken to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account