Archive for the ‘Northumberland’ Category

The Sykes Cottages Guide To The Northumberland National Park & Kielder Water

Friday, September 9th, 2011
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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.
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3 Northumberland Holiday Destinations You Can’t Afford To Miss!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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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.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Lindisfarne, the Holy Island

Monday, July 11th, 2011
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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.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Craster And Dunstanburgh Castle

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
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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.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Bamburgh

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
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On a cottage holiday, Bamburgh is well worth a visit. Bamburgh has one of the finest, award-winning beaches to be found anywhere on the Northumberland coast and, together with its imposing fortress, Bamburgh Castle, is one of the most common images used to promote the region. Visible from miles around, the castle dominates this small town, whose population swells with visitor numbers during the summer months but which remains a quiet, pleasant seaside town during the off season.
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