Simonburn is an attractive village
set some way off the beaten track in
a rather remote part of Northumberland. The parish of Simonburn was
once the largest in the county, extending from the Roman Wall to Liddesdale in Scotland, a distance of 33 miles.
The fine church overlooks a large village green surrounded by buildings
which is where the animals could be herded at night for protection.
It is a short walk to Simonburn Castle
but the approach is difficult. In
its heyday the castle stood proudly on a strong position overlooking two
ravines, in a beautiful woodland setting. A
local tradition of buried treasure has been the cause of much of its
dilapidation, many a countryman having
in the past delved in the ruins for long lost treasure. That is probably why
there is so little of the castle left to see.
The quaint and unusual nature of the
village has attracted the attention of filmmakers and it has often been used
as a film set.