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  • Northumberland – must go places?
  • Premier Icon timc
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    Last minute 3 day break booked for Northumberland this week staying in Berwick upon Tweed.

    Would seem to be loads of things to do, too many, what would people recommend & avoid?

    Keen to take in a Roman fort & a Castle, any thoughts on the best ones?

    Any food or drink recommendations?

    Any nice walks? moderate distance is cool?

    thanks in advance for any tips 🙂

    Premier Icon momo
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    No advice, but I’m watching this one as MrsMomo and I are spending a couple of days in Northumberland on our way back from honeymoon on Skye this summer.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    You picked the furthest point away from the Roman wall.

    Vindolanda has a proper visitor centre now I believe.

    Food: The Ship at Newton by the Sea

    Jolly Fisherman at Craster

    Northumberland Arms at Felton

    Cook and Barker at Newton on the Moor

    Premier Icon timc
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    Ahh Vindolanda looks spot on, travelling from Liverpool so can go on the way. Cheers for suggestions

    Anyone recommend a castle? lots to choose from? Holy Island worth the effort?

    Premier Icon andyr
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    Warkworth castle is fantastic.
    Alnwick Castle / Gardens are impressive but expensive.
    Housesteads is a good fort plus you can tie it in with a walk along the best preserved part of the wall in stunning scenery.
    The Ship in Newport is good but small so book a table.
    Cragside

    Premier Icon squirrelking
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    Vindolanda gives you a double ticket to the other place nearby, can’t remember the name but we certainly got one.

    Kielder water is close by, there is the dam visitors centre as well as the dark sky observatory, worth a look if it’s a clear night. The Riverside Hotel in Bellingham does a good meal as does the first pub you come to in town on the north side of the road (coming from the Riverside).

    There’s a bookshop in Alnwick I’ve been told is worth looking at inside the railway arches, apparently the biggest second hand shop in the UK or Europe or something.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Castles:

    Bamburgh

    Lindisfarne

    Dunstanburgh

    Alnwick

    Walkworth

    Chillingham

    There’s a bookshop in Alnwick I’ve been told is worth looking at inside the railway arches, apparently the biggest second hand shop in the UK or Europe or something.

    Barter Books

    You’ll have no problem getting in The Ship when it’s off season.

    Kielder is miles from Berwick.

    Premier Icon andyr
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    Walks – go to Barrowburn in the Coquet Valley and walk up to Windy Gyle – the view is spectacular but I can guarantee you’ll be wishing you had your bike (unless it’s blowing a gale) or do the 5 miler circular one from there which is more sheltered (ask at the tea room).

    You are bringing your bike aren’t you?

    Premier Icon slowpuncheur
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    The walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh is ace (about 3 miles there and back).

    Bamburgh castle probably best for kids. Plenty of cannons and weapons which my 5 year old lad loved.

    Alnwick is pricey but if you time it to do the kids activities like broomstick and jester training it’s more value.

    Premier Icon timc
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    Thanks for this, just me & the Missus, no kids to cater for.

    No bike sadly as I have a back injury that won’t go away 😥

    Premier Icon gazc
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    all of above

    barter books is worth a look in

    any beach will be clean & quiet unless near one of the towns

    boat trip to farne islands is a good day out for birds & wildlife etc – better when puffins nesting (too early now i think)

    walk up the cheviot – reasonably big but not technical/taxing. simonside hills around rothbury make for good walking too.

    the tourist bus along hadrians wall is running now i think so you can do a long linear walk and hop on to get back. a short but good stretch is from houseteads to steel rigg & back to add onto a visit to the fort

    Premier Icon Drac
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    any beach will be clean & quiet unless near one of the towns

    Then it will be clean with 3 other people on it.

    Premier Icon lemonysam
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    Simonside Ridge and Garleigh Moor
    Cragside
    Coe Crags
    Warkworth and Alnmouth along the beach and back via the dunes
    Wallington House
    Steel Rig – Crag Lough – Houseteads – Quees Crag – Greenlee Lough
    Bamburgh north to Budle Bay
    Farne Islands
    Chillingham Castle and Old Bewick Moor
    Climbing at Bowden Doors
    Boulmer – Craster
    Breamish Valley and the iron age forts walk. Plus a dip in Linhope spout if it’s sunny and mid week.

    Premier Icon TooTall
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    Look up Cullernose Point near Craster and go there. Columnar jointing at it’s best. Just down from there is Rumbling Kern, probably my favourite spot on the entire Northumberland coast.
    On your way up or down to Berwick, think about a visit to Tynemouth. A great castle (with WW1 gun emplacements too) and a lovely area with great food and beaches etc.
    Inland, Rothbury is always good for walks and general mooching about.

    Premier Icon gazc
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    this pub is worth checking out if you are in the very south of northumberland on the way up/down (one of our locals) the food & beer is excellent

    http://thefeathers.net/

    Premier Icon slowpuncheur
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    Sorry had assumed family thing. I would say though that you shouldn’t ignore the Tweed Valley. Different feel to Northumberland but equally as nice.

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    Theres a couple of nice short walks that fulfill a lot of your criteria…
    NT car park at Once brewed, walk along the wall past sycamore gap (the one from Robin hood) to housesteads fort. away from thewall there towards greenlee clough and back towards the car park….

    Walk 2, park at craster, walk up past dunstanborough castle to the beach beyond… back to craster for lunch/dinner at the Jolly fisherman

    Premier Icon dr_death
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    oh, and Farne islands, Holy island and Cragside

    Premier Icon lemonysam
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    Sorry had assumed family thing. I would say though that you shouldn’t ignore the Tweed Valley. Different feel to Northumberland but equally as nice.

    Oh, the walk from Horncliffe to Norham’s lovely, good castle and it’s free. Ford and Etal’s interesting too.

    Premier Icon andyr
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    Train to Edinburgh?

    any beach will be clean & quiet unless near one of the towns

    Then it will be clean with 3 other people on it. [/quote]

    Weekend in summer eh? The beaches are Northumberlands best secret.

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    Oh and my favourite roman forts aren’t the well preserved ones, they’re the massively remote, extraordinarily positioned ones up above Rochester. High rochester’s quite cool, a farmstead built into the walls of the roman fort Bremenium.

    edit: that’s bloody miles from you though. Don’t bother with anything beyond the A696, there’s plenty to do in the north and then come and stay in south Northumberland next time.

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    It’s a horrible place, don’t waste your time going 😈

    One of my fav beach walks is on the opposite side lindisfarne from Ross to the 2 towers (can’t recall their name) never seen anyone on that beach and it’s beautiful .

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    One of my fav beach walks is on the opposite side lindisfarne from Ross to the 2 towers (can’t recall their name) never seen anyone on that beach and it’s beautiful .

    Absolutely covered in seals a couple of weeks back too. Bloody hundreds of the things.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    One of my fav beach walks is on the opposite side lindisfarne from Ross to the 2 towers

    Minas Morgul and Orthanc

    Premier Icon lemonysam
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    On second thoughts, they could have been Orcs.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    BM’d too as we’re heading that way in May.

    ta

    Premier Icon Drac
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    On second thoughts, they could have been Orcs.

    😆

    Premier Icon lemonysam
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    In lieu of a Roman Fort, How about Yeavering Bell?

    Premier Icon gobuchul
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    Don’t go it’s horrible.

    Tell all of your friends and family not to go it’s horrible.

    Don’t go. You will not enjoy it.

    It’s a grey, miserable, post industrial landscape.

    Don’t go.

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    Rothbury – famous for the Raul Moat three day water pipe stake out a few years back

    I would suggest coquetdale and Ingram valley (linhope spout at the top of Ingram valley). Grandparents used to farm in both those valleys for years and spent a lot of time up there, fantastic landscape and probably the most remote you can get in England.

    i would also say walk from craster to dunstandborough is great,get yourself some skippers at craster?

    Chillingworth castle is great and if you go to Alnwick castle you have the gardens with a great entrance building and then also the huge tree house which is worth a look!

    Fish and Chips in seahouses or bamburgh,bamburgh castle is probably most impressive I think, especially with the way it sits on its huge podium of rock.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Craster if you like proper seafood

    Bamburgh for a proper castle, Alnwick if the kids are older and have a Harry Potter inclination.

    Seahouses for fish and chips.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    Slight hijack: can anyone recommended a nice cottage near the sea for 2 people?
    I know the area quite well but normally camp there

    Premier Icon Drac
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    http://www.spitalford.co.uk/accom.htm

    Sleeps more than 2 though.

    Or next to one the best beaches.

    Howdiemont Holiday Cottage

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    Drac – thanks, they look great but fully booked (1st week of June)

    I’ll keep searching.

    Premier Icon MadBillMcMad
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    castles:
    Bamburgh & Alnwick are all glass cabinets & musty clothes & IMO boring

    Dunstanburgh (at Craster) is ace, as is Walkworth

    Cragside was a nice day out, interesting house & great gardens to explore & walk about.

    We actually stayed at Chillingham castle in the highest rooms – draft but a laugh.

    The Chillingham cattle are interesting too.

    Barter books in Alnwick is an interesting wet day explore with a good cafe.

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    If you want something one step up from camping the hides at springhill farm are worth a look. They also have cottages but haven’t used those.

    http://www.springhill-farm.co.uk/the-barn

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Drac – thanks, they look great but fully booked (1st week of June)

    I’d look sharpish then as thanks to Robson Green there’s been a big interest in Northumblerland last year and this.

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    June busy as best time for puffins at the farne islands too

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    Thanks

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    Quite a fan of Seaton Deleval hall here, fits in well with a drive along the coast and a night out in Whitley 😀

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