Hillfort In Swinburne, Northumberland
A hillfort in Colwell near Swinburne with a large outcrop of whinstone on the north face.
On our little tour of Swinburne we spied this hillfort on the map and obviously went off to investigate.
The hillfort goes by two names - Blue Crags Hillfort and Brecken Hills and is described as a defended settlement of Iron Age/Romano-British date” by English Heritage.
A hillfort were usually small villages or buildings that were situated on a natural rise making them for easily defendable. There are loads of hillforts scattered around Northumberland and we'll be on the look out for more.
The north of the hillfort is an outcrop of whinstone which would have helped the defences of the fort and there are still visible signs of ramparts nearby. If you have a look at the aerial shot you can also see that there are hut circles within the fort.
Place contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
A severely ruined 15th century tower in Little Swinburne.
An ancient Northumbrian Church, one of the oldest in the Country, dating back to the 11th Century that stands on a hill with amazing views in all directions.
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