We are perfectly situated to visit both the stunning Northumberland coastline, and the beautiful Northumbrian countryside
The Northumberland Coast has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. Featuring stunning coastal scenery, long sandy beaches, dramatic rocky cliffs and a landscape steeped in history. Discover castles, fortifications and religious buildings. Visit picturesque fishing ports like retro Seahouses, where you can take a boat trip to the Farne Islands. These volcanic rocks house colonies of over 23 different species of birds including puffins, cormorants and guillemots, and are home to a colony of grey seals. Visit dramatic Bamburgh Castle seated on a rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline. Bamburgh is also home to the RNLI Grace Darling museum. From Bamburgh you can walk or drive the pilgrims’ way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, birthplace of the Lindisfarne gospels. Visit Craster, a pretty fishing port famous for being the home of the kipper. From here you can walk along to the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh castle. Further on discover low Newton by the Sea with its beautiful sandy beach, and home to the Ship Inn, serving traditional real ales and locally caught fresh and smoked fish. www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org
Visit Northumberland National Park stretching from Hadrian’s Wall to the Cheviot Hills it offers 400 sq. miles of jaw dropping natural beauty. The vast skies above Kielder water and Forest Park have been officially declared the darkest in England, offering a breath-taking view of the Milky Way and the chance to see the Northern lights at certain times of the year. Kielder Observatory is the centre for stargazing events (www.kielderobservatory.com) Kielder water and forest park is home to the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe and offers cycling, watersports, forest trails, horse riding and adventure activities. It won gold award in 2013 visit England’s Tourism experience. Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site is the longest and largest ancient monument in Britain. The National trail stretches 84 miles from coast to coast. Cycle, walk or drive from point to point. Visit the national Park Centre at Once Brewed for full info. (visithadrianswall.co.uk). Cawfields quarry picnic site on Hadrian’s Wall is recognised as a dark sky discovery site. Just bring a hot drink, a seat and a pair of binoculars and prepare to be amazed. www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk Some of our images have been sourced from Northumberland Tourism/Britain on view/ Northumberland.org.uk/ special thanks to Ian (starry sky photo).