Nestled in the heart of the Coquet Valley, Rothbury is a close-knit community, a popular tourist destination and the "Capital of Coquetdale".

To the south are the Simonside Hills and the ancient Lordenshaws, with Lord Armstrong's Cragside to the north. To the west the path of the River Coquet leads back to its source in the Cheviot Hills.

Flowing east through Rothbury, the Coquet passes under its 600 year-old bridge and the Thrum Mill, past the ancient priory at Brinkburn towards Warkworth Castle. Finally it reaches the sea at Amble, in sight of Coquet Island with its bird sanctuary and lighthouse (whose first keeper was Grace Darling's brother, William).

This was once a violent and bloody place. The wild hills and valleys were roamed and raided by the lawless Border Reivers, clansmen from both sides of the border. The modern peace is disturbed only by birds and the occasional low-flying military aircraft and the distant sounds of the Otterburn range.

The Coquet Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of England, although those of us who live here might just be a little biased.

Whether you're a visitor or a resident, or just interested to know more, I hope that you will find these pages of interest.


... to the new-look web site, which is still under development.

Weather Forecast
Updated: 27-Oct 13:00
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Developed with the cooperation of the Met Office and Environment Agency
Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence
River/flood information uses the Environment Agency flood and river level data API

Current Weather
27-Oct 15:37
13.3 °C max 13.5
min 9.2
4 mph W
Gusts of 13 mph

max 22
Rain since midnight
0 mm

Current weather in detail ➙

in and around Rothbury

Rothbury is a remote town, it is at least served by two bus companies offering some of the most scenic bus journeys in the country.

There are also local taxis, a community transport scheme and a volunteer service to help those who need transport for the Rothbury doctors or the Community Hospital.

Business Directory
for Coquetdale

A brief summary of some of the main businesses in the area, with telephone numbers and links to their web sites.

Please contact me if you see any errors or omissions. This is the only way to keep the directory useful.

Over the Bridges
Church & Community magazine

Over the Bridges magazine is delivered to every household in the Coquet Valley free of charge 10 times a year.

Visitors can pick up their free copy at various locations in the valley, or view it online

A Brief Chronology
of Rothbury

This brief chronology provides an easy reference to events in and around Rothbury, going back to the last Ice Age.

Caring for Rothbury
Action Group

An emerging group of people who want to be more active in steering the development of Rothbury.

Heritage Trail
A stroll around Rothbury

A circular 1-2km stroll around Rothbury.

Starting in the Cow Haugh Car Park (south of the river) the stroll will take you through some of Rothbury's history. Anything from 1 to 2km depending on your choices.

I took over the site from Michael Hodgson at the end of 2014 with the understanding that existing content would be tidied up, and the site made more of a focus for locals and visitors.

For various reasons, including writing the software to generate the events calendar and weather forecast, it has taken a lot longer than planned - but here it is at last.

However, there is still work to be done. I'm aware of some layout problems and some speed issues which I hope to fix soon, and new sections (including a much better events calendar) will appear over the next few weeks.

A longer-term aim is to make the site more mobile-friendly, but only 6% of existing visitors to the site are using small mobile devices, so it is a low priority at the moment.

The front page contains the current weather, as recorded at the top of Garleigh Road (with a link to much more detailed information). I've also been in touch with the Met Office and the Environment Agency to provide live weather forecasts and river/flood information on the front page. The weather forecast is now available, but I've only just been able to access the raw and live river level and flood data, so that will appear in the next week or so.

If you have any thoughts on the site, please let me know.

Caring for Rothbury
Action Group

News of a new Northumberland Estates planning application for Rothbury.

See the CRAG page for more details.

Updated: 14-Jun-2016

Street Fair
30th May 2016

A very small gallery of photos from this year's street fair.

Something you'd like to see?

If you're a business, group or organisation that would like to have a listing or even a page, free, please contact me for details.

And if there's something you feel the site needs, or you just want to correct something, please contact me.