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A list of walks and beaches is available in the cottage. We also supply local OS Maps.
Riverside Walks - 500 yds.

On National Cycle Route 1.

Local Golf Course - 3 miles.

Magdalene Fields Golf Club

Links Course - 7 miles.

Goswick Links Golf Club

What's on in the Border's?

Border Events

Places to Visit
The list is endless so I have picked a few favourites.

Apart from the beaches North Northumberland is famous for its castles. Nearly every town and village has one (or at least the remains of one)!
Edinburgh and Newcastle approx 1hrs drive or 45 min by train.

Lindisfarne, The Holy Island
-The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is just 15 min drive from the cottages.  The Island can only be accessed at low tide via a causeway – Safe crossing times should be adhered to.
The drive across the causeway is fantastic!

Lindisfarne Castle - Sited atop the volcanic mound known as Beblowe Craig, is one of the most distinct and picturesque features of the Island and can be seen for many miles around.
Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, the Castle was built in the 1550's using stones from the demolished Priory. In 1901, Edward Hudson (founder of Country Life magazine) negotiated its purchase from the Crown and in 1902 Sir Edwin Lutyens began the conversion to create the Edwardian country house you see today. The Walled Garden (originally the Fort's vegetable garden but re-designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911 as part of the conversion) lies to the north of the castle some 500m away. Her plans were recreated by the National Trust and planted for the 2003 season.

Priory - Cradle of Christianity . Few places are as beautiful or have such special significance. The corpse of St.Cuthbert was found undecayed in 698AD and this became one of the most sacred shrines in Christendom. For 1300 years it has been a place of pilgrimage and still is today.


Alnwick Castle and Gardens - The second largest inhabited castle in England, the first being Windsor Castle, and has been the home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. The earliest mention of Alnwick Castle in the history books appears soon after 1096 when Yves de Vescy became baron of Alnwick and erected the earliest parts of the Castle. Now also famous for being Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.

The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland is one of the most exciting contemporary gardens to be developed in the last century, a magical landscape created from a unique idea.

The Duchess of Northumberland's vision was to create a beautiful public space accessible to everyone; a garden for contemplation, fun, inspiration and education. The Alnwick Garden was officially opened in October 2002 by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales, as the first phase of development was complete. The Garden features spectacular water displays, wonderful gardens and one of the largest tree houses in the world.

Alnwick Castle

Bamburgh Castle - Bamburgh Castle is probably the finest castle in England. It is perched on a basalt outcrop on the very edge of the North Sea at Bamburgh, Northumberland. It commands stunning views of the Farne Islands, Holy Island and land' ward to the Cheviot hills. The castle has been extensively restored, first by Lord Crewe in the 1750's and more recently by the first Lord Armstrong at the end of the 19th century. The castle continues to be the home of the Armstrong family.

Bamburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle – This at one time was the largest Castle in Britain. Built in the 14th Century. Walk to the ruins along the coast from Craster. An easy walk about 1 mile. On your way home go to the Craster Smoke house and buy some delicious local Kippers! Alternatively park at Low Newton by the Sea and walk about 3 miles over Embleton Bay to the castle.  On your return to Low Newton have a reviving drink and a crab stottie at the Ship Inn.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Norham Castle - In the nineteenth century, Norham Castle became well known far and wide from the paintings of Turner, Painted circa 1840-1850. it was one of his favourite subjects. Now a ruin. In 1513 James IV invaded England in the campaign which led to the disaster of Flodden. He attacked Norham using the mighty cannon "Mons Meg". The castle was soon in ruins and the garrison surrendered. Mons Meg is on display in Edinburgh Castle.

Norham Castle

Floors Castle – Floors is in the Border town of Kelso. Sitting above the River Tweed it is magnificent. Home to The Duke of Roxburgh. The castle has a very good garden centre and coffee shop.

Floors Castle

Paxton House – Just 2 miles from the cottage. Here you will find one of the most magnificent collections of original Chippendale furniture in Britain alongside the largest collection of publicly owned art exhibited outside of the National Galleries of Scotland.

There is a lovely walk from the cottage to Paxton. Follow the road down the hill and over the River Whiteadder. On the left hand side there is a carpark and a red gate. Go over the stile by the gate and follow the track which takes you through the field above the Whiteadder. At the next gate you have a choice - If you want a longer walk which adds about 25 mins carry straight on and then turn left after the plantation which takes you down to the River Tweed. Turn right and follow the Tweed upstream passing a small fishing sheil. (Netting station) This track will then meet up with the slightly shorter way:
For a slightly shorter walk go over the stile by this gate and turn right through a small paddock. This will take you straight down to the River Tweed. At the River turn right. Follow the river (Depending on the time of year there is quite a well worn path) You will then pass South Bells Sheil. The path opens up passing a row of poplar trees. You will then come to a small car park. Carry straight on along the river bank until you pass 2 more sheils. Then the wall of Paxton House starts and at the end of the path there is a wooden bridge. Once you have crossed this bridge you are in Paxton House grounds. The house is well sign posted.

If you don’t fancy such a hike drive along the B6462, over the River Whiteadder and up the hill on the other side. Just before the Scottish border ther is a very bumpy track on your left hand side. This takes you to the small car park by the River Tweed from where it is a gentle walk into Paxton House.

Alternatively if you don’t feel like a walk you can drive to Paxton House and park at the door!

Paxton House

Manderston House – The Edwardian Country House
- A house on which no expense was spared with opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive "downstairs" domestic quarters. It stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy.

Manderston House

Mellerstain House - Is one of the great houses of Scotland with its history entangled in national history for at least five hundred years. The construction of this Georgian house began in 1725 overseen by architect William Adam then was completed seventy years later by his famous son, Robert.

The house stands in 200 acres of magnificent parkland, with an Italian-style terraced garden. This commands a glorious view south across the lake to the folly, Hundy Mundy and the Cheviot Hills in the distance.

Mellerstain House

The Farne Island
–(Birdwatching, Seals, Puffins, Boat trips) - 35 min drive.  A must for any nature/bird lover – Take a trip on Billy Sheils boat.

Farne Islands

Most of the information regarding these places is in the information folder in the cottage.

Riding Stables

Dickie and Jane Jeffreys
Kimmerston Riding Centre
NE71 6JH

Telephone: 01668 216283

Kimmerston Riding Centre

Hill rides with breathtaking views on the Cheviot Hills. Beach rides along Holy Island's amazing expanse of beautiful beach. All skill levels and group sizes catered for, with experienced instructors for instructional rides if requested.

Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery

Ian Hendy
Castle Gunmakers
17 - 19 West Street
TD15 2LB

Telephone: 01289 382526

Castle Gun Makers

Scuba diving and tennis courts are available locally.