Around and about
Coquetdale Business Directory
Caistron Trout Fishery
on around Rothbury
Coquetdale Squirrel Group
Rothbury Pipe Band
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.
Rothbury 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
Rothbury is the ideal base for
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.
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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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.
includes advertisements by local businesses as
well as articles of interest to the community.