Kirknewton's fascinating history
signed up: 18th Jul 2014visit Local History ...
Chris Jones, Historic Environment Officer with Northumberland National Park, takes us on a walk back in time to the top of West Hill. Starting from the corner of the churchyard the walk proceeds on to the Long Back lane where Colin Martin gives some insights into the present day farming which takes place on West Kirknewton Farm and includes West Hill.. There is some speculation later about the older Kirknewton village of the early 19th century and the use of the now derelict smithy. Evidence of habitation and agricultural activity from the medieval period are pointed out as the walk circles around the hill. The hill fort at the summit forms the focus for the final part of the walk and throughout there are wonderful views and glimpses of wild life.
A guide to this walk is available in the village hall foyer