If you fancy getting away from your caravan park and want to know what there is to see and do in Northumberland the list below offers some ideas of places to visit on your holiday.
You can’t really visit Northumberland and leave without having seen Hadrian’s Wall, it’s just one of those ‘tick-list’ things that has to be done. The wall can be explained to youthful visitors as the inspiration for the great wall in ‘Game of Thrones’.
Children may not be entirely impressed with what is left of the wall, but it’s up to the adults to spark their imaginations with a bit of story telling. And besides, it’s another opportunity to get the kids active and away from the penny arcades.
For walkers this is an obvious choice of a day out, but don’t forget to take your camera or easel to capture the stark open beauty of the countryside surrounding the wall. www.visithadrianswall.co.uk
Holy Island is home to Lindisfarne Castle, and Lindisfarne Priory both of which are of great historical significance, details of which can be found at the visitor’s centre. There’s a whole history to absorb, chock full with Vikings and squabbles over religious texts and other artefacts.
St Aidan’s Winery has a shop where you can purchase some holiday gifts including the world famous Linidisfarne Mead which is the result of centuries of refined recipes.
For walkers there is the opportunity to circumnavigate the whole island and if you’re lucky you may get to see the Holy Island Orchid in bloom. The causeway can be walked, but careful note needs to be made of the tide times before planning your jaunt. There are no roller coasters on Holy Island, just centuries of history and outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity. www.lindisfarne.org.uk
Bamburgh Castle is one of many castles in the region, but if you are only going to visit one, then this is the one to visit. It is one of the biggest in the country and sprawls across nine acres. This was a proper functioning castle that has seen many conflicts, so it is of great historical interest.
The size of the castle is hugely impressive, but it’s location is also another thing that sets it apart from others. It hovers 45 metres above sea level, perched on on a natural plateau of volcanic dolerite, affording great views of the surrounding landscape.
Once you are all ‘castled out’ the local area has other attractions to visit including the Grace Darling Museum, and St Aidan’s Church. Not forgetting, the stunning coastline, and great cycle routes, Bamburgh should be on every visitors to do list. www.bamburghcastle.com
Seahouses is a coastal town with plenty to offer the visitor although much of the activity is of the outdoors type, and takes advantage of the landscape and wildlife of the area.
Boat trips can be taken to Farne Island which lies 3 miles of the coast and is home to many breeding birds, although you will need to check the seasonal factors so as to avoid disappointment, as in the peak season bird lovers are in for a real and rare treat.
The town is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches, some of the cleanest in Britain, and home to waters-ports enthusiasts. The whole area is in fact part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so whether you are walking or cycling or even driving you are in for some marvellous scenery.
For the very active there are several outdoor pursuits on offer. Horse riding is available for experienced riders on the beach, and beginners can learn how to not fall off in an arena. The area may not be well-known for diving, but it is available, and there are wrecks to explore and wildlife to see. For anglers there are several operations offering fishing trips whether you are a serious fisherman, or just fancy dropping a line over the side on a brief trip. www.seahouses.org