The Parish of Lynesack and Softley stems from the Church of St.John and encompasses the villages of Butterknowle, Copley, and part of Woodland as well as a few hamlets.
The area is mainly agricultural but still shows evidence of it's pioneering days of mining and railway transport.
The pleasant countryside has many footpaths for walkers to enjoy the open air and rural freedom.
There's much more to come. Our site is constantly being updated
The largest of the villages which encompassing a junior school and village hall
Having its own village hall and garage as well as a children's play area and football field.
The location of St John' Church and a former school
A quiet hamlet to the north of Butterknowle
Part of Woodland is within our parish, this also has a local school.
A small hamlet lying between Copley and Woodland