Out & About

Northumberland is England’s most northern county, and one of its least populated. It is a wildly diverse place with the wild hills of The Cheviots and award winning beaches such as Bamburgh and Warkworth.

Being located on the border with Scotland has made a landscape forged in conflict, and because of this Northumberland has more castles and fortified houses than any other county in England. Northumberland also boasts some fantastic visitor attractions which have been developed in recent years such as The Alnwick Garden and the Ad Gefrin distillery and visitor attraction just over the road from Rose Cottage in Wooler!

Walking & Cycling

For the lovers of the outdoors, Northumberland truly is a heaven on Earth.

Walks in the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park on well-marked footpaths and bridleways allow unhurried exploration through some of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes where you are more likely to encounter a wild goat than another human being!

Cycling on both road and mountain trails offer some world-class challenges and scenic trips suitable for the whole family, literally from the front door.

Beaches & Coast

A short journey to the east brings you to the spectacular Area of outstanding Natural Beauty of the Northumbrian Coastline.

As varied as it is beautiful, from the stunning golden sandy beaches of Bamburgh and Warkworth to the craggy cliffs and rock pools (complete with dinosaur footprints!) of Embleton and Howick, a trip to the seaside will deliver a host of unforgettable memories for both young and old.

Castles & History

The magnificent castle at Bamburgh, complete with it’s links to King Arthur & its very own dragon legend, and the ancestral home of the Duke & Duchess of Northumberland, of Alnwick Castle, are both well worth a trip.

Lindsfarne Castle on Holy Island and the romantic cliff-top ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle are also within a short car journey from Rose Cottage.

Further afield, but still easily reached as a day trip, lies the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall with a wide selection of sites and attractions to capture life at the northern extremes of the Roman Empire, are unmissable.

Fishing & Wildlife

The River Till, a tributary of the world renowned River Tweed, runs alongside Wooler through the Glendale basin.

Day tickets are available to test your skill for the King of Fish, the Atlantic Salmon, and there is a wide selection of still waters available nearby such as Thrunton Longcrag and Chatton. If sea fishing is more your game, day trips from Seahouses, Craster and Amble are available with good catches of cod, pollock and mackerel common.

Day boat trips are also available from Seahouses to the Farne Islands, a National Nature Reserve famous for its colonies of sea birds and Atlantic Grey Seals. But you don’t even need to leave Rose Cottage to spot a plethora of birds such as skylarks, buzzards and peregrine falcons, if you are lucky.

Grand Homes & Gardens

The small market town of Rothbury is the somewhat unlikely location of the first property in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity.

Cragside was the home of the Victorian industrialist, Lord Armstrong, and makes for a fascinating day out exploring the magnificent house and spectacular gardens.

A very different garden with a world renowned reputation is The Alnwick Garden. The personal vision of the current Duchess of Northumberland, the garden is the location of a magnificent water cascade, one of the largest collections of Japanese cherry blossom trees outside of Japan and some of the world’s most deadly plants!

Unmissable attractions

Just on the outskirts of Wooler lies the recently opened Ad Gefrin distillery and visitor centre.

Ad Gefrin is the first legal whisky distillery to be opened in Northumberland in over two hundred years and is a spectacular building where you can see and learn about whisky production and see some of the fascinating archaeological treasures that have come from the nearby Anglo Saxon sites around the area.

Recently opened in Alnwick is the Duchesses of Northumberland’s latest vision, Lllidorei , the largest play structure in the world. A perfect trip for kids - of all ages!

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