On a cottage holiday spend time exploring the area around Hadrian’s Wall. The most well-known and spectacular legacy of the Roman Empire in the British Isles, Hadrian’s Wall once spanned the entire width of Britain, some seventy miles east to west along Northumberland’s border with Scotland, from Wallsend (Newcastle Upon Tyne) to Bowness on Solway. It is one of the greatest triumphs of the Roman age; Rome’s northernmost frontier, and remains a spectacular, awe-inspiring sight that draws throngs of visitors today. (more…)
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Northumberland National Park
Northumberland National Park is one of 15 national parks throughout the UK and without doubt encompasses one of the wildest and least discovered landscapes in the country. Stretching from Hadrian’s Wall in the south to the magnificent Cheviot Hills hugging the Scottish border, the park is home to some of the most breathtaking displays of Northumberland’s legendary natural beauty.
Whether you’re already thinking about visiting Northumberland itself or just exploring your options, we’d like to show you three areas you should definitely consider paying a visit to…
1) Beadnell — Beaches, Wild Life and Water Sports
Beadnell is a small coastal community whose miles of open, empty golden stands and stunning sand dunes attract visitors from around the country. Despite the popularity of the bay for a whole host of water-based leisure pursuits, from sailing to windsurfing to kayaking, as elsewhere along the Northumberland coast, the visitor can often find himself alone on vast stretches of unspoilt, windswept sands.
Any holiday cottage stay in Northumberland would be incomplete without a pilgrimage to the region’s most spiritual and beautiful site, atmospheric Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, a tidal island which is completely cut off from the mainland by North Sea tides twice a day. The island is described as the ‘fountainhead of England’s Christian heritage’ and holds a number of popular visitor attractions in Lindisfarne Castle, Lindisfarne Priory and Lindisfarne Heritage Centre. The island is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where wildlife proliferates and where nature can be enjoyed in the raw.
The village of Craster is an ideal destination for a cottage holiday. A small fishing village with a pretty, nineteenth-century harbour on the Northumbrian coast and within the designated Northumbria Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Craster is today best known for both the internationally-renowned Craster kipper and as the starting point for the picturesque coastal path that winds along the basaltic cliffs to the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, one of Northumbria’s most popular visitor attractions. Making the most of the local catch, brought in on ‘cobles’, or traditional fishing boats, the Robson family have been preparing kippers, cod and smoked salmon in the traditional, oak-smoked way and exporting them around the UK and Europe since 1856. The curing sheds or smokehouses are as much a part of the local village landscape as the more famous nearby landmark, Dunstanburgh Castle.