Bellingham is a village in Northumberland and is situated on the Hareshaw burn junction with the River Tyne. The village is a famous stopping point on the Pennine Way trail and is popular with walkers and cyclists. It is home to the Grade-I listed St Cuthbert's Church and its own museum, The Heritage Centre which houses a range of exhibitions.
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