Walking is one of the most popular activities in Northumberland, with its fantastic scenery and views, you will be overwhelmed. Make sure you take your camera and suitable footwear for the terrain.


There are many cycling routes to suit all ages and abilities, whether you fancy a leisurely family ride or long-distance, hilly routes for those who like a challenge.


Over three and a half miles of the River Coquet winds its way through the Holystone Estate. In the meadows beside the river, sheep and cattle quietly graze. You may hear the occasional cry of an oystercatcher over the sound of the rippling water. A bright flash of colour may catch your eye as our resident kingfisher flits from his observation branch into the water in pursuit of small fish.

No small fry for you though, you’ll want the big catch. This lovely river is known for its runs of salmon, sea trout and resident brownies. Visitors in our holiday cottages have enjoyed landing salmon weighing 10lb. Further downstream, our carpenter caught one beauty weighing over  15lbs. Whether you catch a fish or not, the anticipation of the tug on the line in such tranquil surroundings is fantastic stress relief therapy.

Bird Watching

The profusion of birds is so great that it would be impossible to mention all the varieties that can be found here, but most notable are the charming dippers, colourful kingfishers and wading birds that frequent the shores of the River Coquet.


For those who don’t fancy the physical activities but still want to explore the local areas, Northumberland is great for shopping. There are so many markets to visit, local food and drink to try, you really will be spoilt. Weekly markets – for the best in local bread, pies, some of the best meat in the UK and of course plenty of sweet treats.

Food and drink

Earl Grey tea from the area it was first invented, ale from local breweries, traditional fish and chips, Cheviot lamb, and why not sample some fresh North Sea lobster.


Take home some local, delicately crafted porcelain, glasswork, hand-painted pictures or your own Northumberland Tartan!

Attractions worth visiting in Northumberland

Castles and Stately Homes

Cragside – 7 miles

Bamburgh Castle – 35 miles

Alnwick Castle – 18 miles

Warkworth Castle – 24 miles

Wallington Hall – 17 miles

Belsay Hall and Castle – 24 miles

Historical Sites

Vindalanda – 39 miles

Segedunum – 39 miles


Northumberland National Park – 22 miles

Bolam Lake County Park – 22 miles

Kielder Water and Forest Park    32 miles


Rothbury – 6 miles

Morpeth – 23 miles

Alnwick – 18 miles

Seahouses – 33 miles