Black Middens Bastle House remains open to visitors as usual. However, please note that the Tarset Bastle Trail will be closed between November and January for Forestry Commission works.
A fortified farmhouse with thick stone walls, of a type distinctive to the troubled 16th century Anglo-Scottish borders. The living quarters were only accessible at first floor level.
Read more about the history of the bastle house.
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Black Middens is about half an hour north of Hadrian's Wall, in a remote spot in Northumberland. As is typical in this region, there are other bastle houses nearby, for added mutual security. It is possible to view several of these on the Tarset Bastle Trail.
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