Falstone

About the Village

From the 1st century AD the Northumbrian uplands fell under the control of an expanding Roman Empire. The principal bases of Roman power in the area lay at the forts of Risingham (Habitancum) and High Rochester (Bremenium), both on Dere Street, the main road into Scotland, and to the west at Bewcastle (Fanum Cocidii). Falstone is first recorded in the form ‘Foustan’ in 1317. This is thought to refer to the ‘speckled stone’ of the distinctive rocky outcrop, which acquired a religious significance in Medieval times.

New Lakeside Way transforms Kielder

Great news for the Kielder section is that the £3 million plus tracks around both the north and south shores of the mighty lake are up and running. There are 25.5 miles (plus the dam) of the finest track. At £43 a metre, this ‘compact dust’ path is between 2 and 2.5 metres wide. Both shores are now equally accessible, though the north is longer and even more scenic. It is a multi-user track so watch out for horse riders and walkers, though the majority of exploiting this new resource are cyclists. (The dreaded 5C section has been ploughed into oblivion, I am delighted to report).test