Barn north west of Burncliffe, Tow House

Barn north west of Burncliffe, Tow House, Tynedale, Hexhamshire, Northumberland NE47 7EQ View on map

This Grade II* 17th century structure is an extremely rare example in the county of a heather-thatched cruck framed barn. It has recently been fully restored, with much of the roof re-thatched with long-stem heather from Rothbury. The barn retains the original stone walls, much of the original thatch and all the main timbers of its cruck roof construction. The original 300 year old thatch remains visible through the purlins and rafters. The floor of the barn shows polygonal paving, cobbles and the layout of cattle stalls with a stone-lined drainage channel.


Opening Arrangements

Weekends between April and September, inclusive, by prior arrangement. Open for Heritage Open Days weekend (13th-16th September 2018) without prior arrangement.


Road: Located NW of Burncliffe (NE47 7EQ). Take the Tow House turnoff on A69, follow road round to the left, park adjacent to long stone barn on right and walk down single track road. Barn is located on the right. Rail: Bardon Mill (1 mile) Bus: 685, X65 (Carlisle to Newcastle) Cycle routes: 68 and 72

Parking Spaces


Parking may be available on the main road

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: No
  • Assistance dogs: Yes