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Hedley on the Hill

Hedley on the Hill is a village in Northumberland, west of Newcastle Upon Tyne. It is located between the valley of the River Derwent, and the watershed to the River Tyne.

Hedley on the Hill
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The Feathers, Hedley on the Hill
Hedley on the Hill is located in Northumberland
Hedley on the Hill
Hedley on the Hill
Hedley on the Hill shown within Northumberland
Population239 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNZ075595
Civil parish
  • Hedley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE43
Dialling code01661
AmbulanceNorth East
EU ParliamentNorth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°55′48″N 1°53′02″W / 54.930°N 1.884°W / 54.930; -1.884Coordinates: 54°55′48″N 1°53′02″W / 54.930°N 1.884°W / 54.930; -1.884

Despite being close to a major city, Hedley is typically Northumbrian and rural in character. Situated close to the villages of Stocksfield and Chopwell as well as to the rural market town of Hexham it is a small, placid village offering stunning views across the Tyne valley.

Hedley is not typical of Northumberland in many respects. Firstly, it appears to have escaped rather unscathed in the wars between England and Scotland that occurred before the union. There are no records of any battles in the area. Similarly, there is no record of any activity involving border reivers (tribal leaders and outlaws that fought across the Scottish/English border) in the village. This has enabled it to develop in relative isolation, with mining and quarrying being the prominent industries since the eighteenth century.

The village holds numerous events including the annual barrel race in which contestants, usually in pairs, run up the hill to the pub with a barrel of beer. It is also popular with gliding enthusiasts, being the closest village to the Northumbria Gliding Club in Leadgate.

Hedley on the Hill is also close to Hadrian's Wall a World Heritage Site and located in the far south of "Hadrian's Wall Country".

The village is said to have once been home to a bogle known as The Hedley Kow.[2]

Barrel Race is run every bank holiday Monday, and organised by The Feathers Inn. Competitors carry an empty nine-gallon beer barrel, over a 1.5-mile course.

The Feathers Inn, in Hedley-on-the-Hill, Northumberland was named the Great British Pub of the Year 2011 [3]


Hedley is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 346. ISBN 9780340165973.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2013-07-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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