- Northumbrian holiday. Tips please.
I know you locals say it’s horrible and it’s not worth us “outsiders” visiting, but I get a feeling you’re just trying to keep it all for yourselves.
So we are looking at paying a visit during Easter, what’s to do, where to go, we’ll be staying in a cottage of some sort, location suggestions welcome.
Four of us, kids are 17 and 14 and the dogio, up for anything, all happy with walks/castles/waterfalls/forests/beaches/villages/towns etc
Laddo and I may bring bikes as we may have a day away from the girls.
Fire away, and yes I’ll keep it secret…Posted 3 months agohodgyndMember
Coastal cottage at any of the above locations ..Posted 3 months ago
Farne Island boat trip
Visit Holy Island ..( or Lindisfarne if you prefer.
Head into the Cheviot Hills ..walk or bike
Head further West and visit Kielder Water & Forest ..walk or cycle the Lakeside Way ..or some of the red routes from the Castle ( The Bike Place will keep you right ) .
Visit Skyspace and see the stars ( need to book )
.there’s a few suggestions ..but really it is pretty crap here so don’t blame me if you don’t like it ..
– Ride from Berwick to Holy Island and back stopping for lunch at The Barn at Beal
– Ride along the coast from Embleton to Alnmouth (nice cafes)
– The walk from Alnmouth to Warkworth along the beach is lovely
– Housesteads is amazing
There are lots of old threads on here with many ideas
PS don’t go at Easter as it’ll be crap, wet and far too busy etc. etc. (Honestly we’re not going to be up there in our van 😜)Posted 3 months agomikewsmithSubscriber
The Roman stuff is great along the border, I’m sure at times Kielder is easier to get to from Carlisle than NE!!
Lindersfarne but please read the timetable and respect it’s a long flat causeway!!
Alnwick Gardens is worth a look
Just be aware at easter there will be a lot of lambing going on so if you have a dog make sure it’s on the lead and beware of sleep deprived farmers.
The Cheviots are different to a lot of places, a very remote feel and can get very very remote if the weather changes!!Posted 3 months agonobbingsfordSubscriber
If you fancy a bike ride that’ll really test your ability to stay alive, have a go at the ‘Deel’s Hill and Border Ridge’ route in Derek Purdy’s classic Northumberland Mountain Biking book.
Oh, and be sure to try it on a very cold, wet and windy day.
To be fair, it’s probably a lovely route in nice weather. In bad weather: I know why there’s a mountain refuge hut half way round!Posted 3 months agofrankconwaySubscriber
Good suggestions above.Posted 3 months ago
See how many castles you can visit in a day – I would say the must sees are Alnwick, Dunstanburgh (walk from Craster), Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Warkworth & Chillingham.
If you like kippers go to Robson’s at Craster.
No mention of Seahouses?
Cragside as above is great; Amble now nicely ‘gentrified’; Alnmouth; West Tyne valley – Hexham & Corbridge.
Durham Cathedral is magnificent – and yes, I know it’s not in Northumberland.
Aln Valley Railway in Alnwick
Etal miniature railway
Clarty Commandos in Howick
Doddington or Morwick for Ice Cream
Amble for various seafood restaurants and Ice Cream, Harbour Chip shop is the best. The one on the corner not in the harbour itself.
Seahouses if you like Blackpool.Posted 3 months ago
Try the walk from Beadnell to Low Newton (for pub lunch)
Budle around Budle Point to Bamburgh (for pub lunch)
Or for the place truly to yourselves aim for Ross / Ross Sands but don’t tell anyone – you’ll need a picnic here as there are no facilities whatsoever.Posted 3 months agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriberwlMember
+1 Harry – we found Alnwick castle disappointing apart from the state rooms. It’s pricey to get in and feels a bit like an imitation/novelty castle. Bamburgh Castle was ace though.
Great little secluded beach at Howick. Craster’s worth a look (ready-to-eat kippers from the van), and Dunstanburgh and Holy Island.
If you like swimming, the water hereabouts is great. I took a dip off the spit of rock that sticks out from Beadnell. Crystal clear, so take snorkelling kit if you like that sort of thing. Great SCUBA diving in this part of the word too.Posted 3 months agobenp1Subscriber
We had a family holiday up there
Did a boat trip to see the birds and sealsPosted 3 months ago
Castles are amazing, seriously. One of them we just walked around the grounds, was a nice day out
Fair bit of geocaching. Good fish and chips too
Hadrians Wall stuff
Cragside was good too
Montane outlet shop is also up there…Harry_the_SpiderSubscriber
we found Alnwick castle disappointing apart from the state rooms. It’s pricey to get in and feels a bit like an imitation/novelty castle
It felt like we were paying a lot of money to a very rich family for them to show us how very rich they were.
Lindisfarne Priory pisses all over it. Apparently.Posted 3 months ago
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