The Centre Of Britain. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

If you were to ever visit the Northumberland town of Haltwhistle and didn’t already know of it’s proud claim to be ‘ the centre of Britain ‘ you would no doubt very soon find out. For this quirky market town has a Centre Of Britain Sweet shop, a Centre of Britain launderette, a Centre of Britain Army Surplus store and a Centre of Britain Hotel, to name but a few of the local businesses. Strolling down the high street here , we definitely felt like we were in the middle of the kingdom! However , coming from a little further South in Lancashire, I know that the true centre of Britain lies 71 miles away near the Trough Of Bowland village of Dunsop Bridge. πŸ˜€

Haltwhistle certainly knows how to advertise it’s central position , much more so than our understated Dunsop. To really confuse matters though, there are also several other places that like to call themselves ‘ In the middle’ and you can read about them all here. Such a controversial topic. πŸ˜‰

Our visit to the town coincided with rumbling tummies, we found the perfect pit stop in the cobbled market square. Brew Bar is definitely the place to go for coffee, brunch and people watching. It looks like a cracking little night time venue too.

Hopefully we will be back to explore Haltwhistle further. The area is rooted in Hadrian’s Wall country, there are several Roman forts to visit and the town is ideally located for finding them.

For now though, here are some photos of our gentle amble alongside Haltwhistle Burn which is a well signposted waterside walk through Burn Gauge , packed full of wildlife and signs of the town’s industrial heritage. The path that runs aside the beck was once a narrow gauge steam railway.

Wood Cranes – Bill.

The path eventually opens out onto a limestone meadow, before heading onwards towards Hadrian’s Wall, which I am sure we will add onto a future walk.

A species of Marsh Orchid.
Mother of Thyme.
Yellow poppies.
Orange Poppies.

Have you ever visited one of Britain’s Centres of the kingdom?

23 thoughts on “The Centre Of Britain. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§”

  1. Again, great photos. It made me laugh to think about all those places who claim to be the ‘centre of Britain’ – but you are right Haltwhistle knows how to advertise that they think they are the actual centre. Looks a pretty place whether it’s the centre or not. I am a Southerner, always thought Coventry was pretty central – how wrong am I?! I have a brother in law who used to travel pretty much all over the country for his job, chose to live near to Coventry as it was ‘pretty central’ too. Aren’t those yellow poppies fabulous – I love red poppies but yellow is very cheery.

    1. I think Coventry is very central if you think England and not the whole of the UK. It was nice to see those poppies, lovely pops of colour. X

  2. That cheese toastie looked pretty appealing. Looks like you are in another gorgeous part of the country – can’t wait to spread our wings a bit more now.

    1. We are just very lucky having our caravan where we do in Cumbria. Haltwhistle only 45 minutes drive away, so not far at all. Also close to lakes, Eden valley, North Pennines etc.

  3. I’m glad you mentioned Dunsop Bridge as I’ve always known the centre of Britain to be near there. Anyway, being born and bred in Lancashire there’s no way I’m having it in any other county! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. I love that there is a centre of Britain laundrette. It could also possibly be one of the last launderettes, you hardly see them nowadays. I agree your lunch looked jolly good, and what a super walk.

    1. Was a great little walk Cathy. Hugo loved it too. We do actually have a launderette where I live in Clitheroe, just round the corner. X

  5. I’m not sure where the official centre of England is but I think we must be pretty much on it as we are sooooooo far away from the sea in every direction. Your walk looks lovely. We have just booked to visit Northumberland at the beginning of December … I’m expecting wet and windy πŸ˜ƒ

  6. I’ve only ever driven through Haltwhistle once and, as everything was closed, I didn’t really get the opportunity to experience the town. I was camping on the outskirts so I could visit Hadrian’s Wall.
    Your interesting post is tempting me to return. X

  7. The Haltwhistle area looks lovely, and Hugo seems well at home there! There’s an arts organisation based in Derby called Furthest from the Sea (, based on the claim that a village nearby (Coton-in-the Elms) is indeed further away from the coast than anywhere else in the UK. I’ve never been there, but I do know that from my part of Derbyshire it seems that you spend hours driving before reaching the ocean.

  8. Lovely Sharon & thanks for sharing this part of UK. I’ve been through, but our destination was Alston & Kirkhaugh where my Dad’s ancestors came from & I thought it delightful all around that area. I seem to be having lots of trouble trying to either get into wordpress blogs or commenting so hope this one appears this time. I couldn’t get your next post to come up properly. Take care & hugs.

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