Discover the best things to do in Northumberland and Durham
Things To Do
Explore the North East
Set in the beautiful village of Blanchland, on the southernmost tip of Northumberland, bordering County Durham beneath the fells of the Pennine moors; we're perfectly located for those seeking a break in the North East. Walk the moors, ramble upon Roman ruins, discover mystical castles or venture further afield to the dramatic and stunning Northumberland coast.
Cycle 4 Adventure
With over 30 years experience leading and coaching mountain biking and adventurous activities; Cycle 4 Adventure offers guided mountain bike rides or walks, on a 1:1 basis for those wanting an individual experience or as a group session for those seeking an adventure with friends, loved ones or a group.
Enjoy some active relaxation with our friends from Alexander Adventures who have a passion for outdoor activities from paddle boarding to canoeing....fresh air and exploration in the beautiful North East.
Villages & Towns
Dotted across our county is a wealth of picturesque towns and villages and pretty. Head down the road to Corbridge, lined with quaint tea rooms, honey-coloured cottages and quirky shops or the nearby town of Hexham, a market town steeped in history with picturesque parks, stunning architecture and an Anglo-Saxon abbey.
Any Northumberian adventure goes hand in hand with a visit to the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall. Stretching across the north of England, Hadrian’s Wall offers vivid landscapes, startling solitude and a rare insight into Roman life 1600 years after it was left. Our closest spots include Vindolanda and Chester’s Roman fort.
Ancient Britain Tours
Join Kev Robson from Ancient Britain for a guided walking tour to explore the hidden gems and iconic sites of beautiful Northumberland. Learn about the rise and fall of one of Rome’s most famous constructions at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. With romantic moorland, sweeping coastlines and historic villages, you will be captivated.
Head North and explore England’s largest forest and the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. It's a haven for cyclists, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts alike and is also recognised as having some of the best dark skies in the country.
Just three miles from our home, nestled in the heart of our valley, is the beautiful Derwent Reservoir, perfect for a spot of fishing, sailing, windsurfing or even paddle boarding. On the north shore of the reservoir you'll find Derwent Sailing Club, offering fantastic facilities that will make your expedition even more enjoyable.
High Force Waterfall
We definitely recommend making the trip to the High Force Waterfall at the Forest-in-Teesdale, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England. Surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the North Pennines, the breathtaking 21 meter drop is a must-see, and perfectly photogenic.
Just up the hill and around the corner lies Pow Hill, a beautiful country park which is one of just five designated Dark Sky discovery sites in the Northern Pennines. The perfect location for astronomers or couples seeking star-filled skies, the large uninterrupted views of the northern sky are truly spectacular.
Raby Castle is a timeless destination located less than an hour away. It is one of the most impressive intact castles in the North of England, with a powerful exterior and superb collections. The castle is steeped in history, built by the powerful Nevilles in the 14th century, it has been the family home of the Vanes for nearly 400 years. The castle is surrounded by picturesque parkland where herds of red and fallow deer roam with a woodland playground, The Plotters' Forest close by. Join us for a delicious lunch at the Yurt Cafe and complete your day by browse the beautiful Stables Shop.
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