The Village



Please feel free to download a free pdf booklet

Around about Rothbury

Rothbury Heritage Trail

All Saint's Church Leaflet

Jubilee Hall History

Rothbury Bowling Club History



Don't forget
Your free  monthly

Community Magazine

Over the Bridges

Non residents can pick up a free copy at all major shops in

The magazine provides notices about events in the Upper Coquet Valley and is distributed free to every household.

It includes advertisements by local businesses as well as articles of interest to the community. 



Heritage Trail

Around and about

A Short History of Rothbury

Coquetdale Business Directory

What's on around Rothbury

Coquetdale Squirrel Group

Coquetdale U3A

Rothbury Pipe Band

Football Club

Bowling Club

Golf Club

Rothbury News (The Journal)   


Rothbury Jubilee Hall

Rothbury Community Transport

Rothbury Parish Council

Cartington Parish Council

Fontburn Heritage Site






Portrait of Rothbury

Rothbury is a small market town which straddles the River Coquet. The town has a pleasing mix of old stone and newer brick-built properties.  Although technically a town with a proposal a year or so back to install a town mayor (defeated) everyone still tends to call it a village and it has a village feel about it.  Shops, hotels and houses are clustered on the sloping banks of the river which bisects the village with the  majority of the commercial properties situated on the north side.  From all sides the views are magnificent - Cragside, Blaeberry Hill, Simonside, and in the far distance, the Cheviots.

othbury has something to offer throughout the year: In spring clear fresh air, fast flowing streams and crystal clear river. In summer a sheltered and warm central area,with a variety of small specialist shops.

Rothbury has had a turbulent and bloody history.  In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the Coquet Valley was a pillaging ground for bands of Reivers who attacked and burned the town with terrifying frequency.  Near the town's impressive All Saints' Parish Church stands the doorway and site of the seventeenth century Three Half Moons Inn. Follow the Heritage Trail for a deeper feeling for its history.

A mile to the east of the town lies Cragside, the first house in the world to be lit by hydro electricity. To the west you pass through some of the most exquisite and peaceful countryside in Northumberland. To the south is Simonside, the Sacred Mountain and to the north lie the bleak Alnwick moors

Rothbury is the ideal base for
exploring Northumberland.  The coast, just twenty miles east, is a designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and holds such treasures as castles, golden beaches and Holy Island, (Lindisfarne). Hadrian's Wall, the Cheviots and the Scottish Border are all within easy travelling distance.

Older inhabitants  look back with fond memories to the days when Rothbury had a railway line, a cattle mart and full employment.  These are now mostly gone, but Rothbury remains a progressive and bustling centre with excellent first and second schools, a hospital, library, football team, tennis, bowls, excellent shops and an abundance of good places to eat.

This site was originally published in 1998 as a project by the Rothbury Computer Club. Designed to promote Coquetdale it was one of the first village sites in the area. Others being Morpeth and Alnwick. Today Rothbury web is hosted by Colliedog Compters and  remains free from charge. Businesses and organisations need only contact the coordinator if they wish to promote businesses or activities in the Coquetdale area.

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