An early Norman motte dating from the end of the 11th century near the River Wansbeck. In the mid 12th century stone walls were added, but the castle was destroyed in 1215. A second castle was built in the bailey a few years later with an unusual five sided keep and it is this structure which is now in ruins. It was damaged during a siege in the Civil War. The inside of the castle is very overgrown.

Open all year.

Photo Eric Dewhurst


Park outside the church off the main B6343 out of Morpeth which is on the A1, north of Newcastle. Walk back along the road until you reach the bridge across the river that you've just crossed. The path starts here and it can be followed up the hill. Do not walk directly across the field as the castle is inaccessible.


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