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Review: Northumberland


Northumberland, United Kingdom

Slow down!!!

  • By SilverTraveller Sooz13

    6 reviews

  • 2015

70 people found this review helpful

I have lived in Northumberland all my life and know that it is one of the most interesting/confusing places on earth. You can get all four seasons in one day sometimes, and as for watching the weather forecast, well Northumberland goes out of its way to confuse you.

It is the place to come to for history, culture, good food, beautiful beaches and never ending moors. To pursue water sports, walk miles, birdwatch the list is endless what ever you want you will find in here, or in nearby Newcastle. When the weather is good there are wonderful, sometimes even deserted beaches to explore and if the weather fails to,co-operate, plenty of history or shopping to pursue.

Other reviews list all the interesting places to go, things to do and see.
But pause a minute. Northumberland is for relaxing, for slowing the pace down, meandering along country roads, exploring, having a peaceful drink in the country pub you find along the way just looking at the view and feeling the tension leave your body. Don’t try and see everything it will still be here next time you come back, as you will.

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  • TRE
    about 1 month ago
    I agree with your advice to slow down. We visited for the first time two years ago and we were looking forward to returning until Covid happened.
    The beautiful deserted beaches and castles were a delight and we returned from our week in Northumberland rested and relaxed.
  • ESW
    almost 6 years ago
    Northumberland is the great undiscovered secret, and yes I agree with you that I like it as it is. We always headed to the Roman Wall, basing ourselves in Haltwhistle or else the North Tyne based in Bellingham rather than the coast.

    I also remember going on the Alston Branch line before it closed. We were B&Bing in Haltwhistle and would catch the 8.15 train from Haltwhistle after our evening meal. We got off at Featherstone Park and just had time for a couple of pints in the Wallace Arms before catching the 9pm train back to Haltwhislte. Dusk was falling as we waited with the very dim station lights the only lighting. Happy days and happy memories...
  • Sooz13
    almost 6 years ago
    I went to school in Hexham and knew the Tyne Valley before Kielder also.
    My favourite areas are the beautiful uncrowded beaches Ross Links, Bamburgh, Seahouses Beadnell and many others, northwards towards the Scotrtish Border and beyond, or south towards Newcastle. Each has something different to offer, cosy tea rooms, friendly pubs, Fish and Chips entertainment arcades even. During term time especially, some of these, like Warkworth can be deserted, and you can responsibly(!) exercise your dog at will,
    Shush, don't tell everyone, I like it as it is.
  • ESW
    almost 6 years ago
    I got my pubs mixed up. It should be the Blackcock in Falstone, the Gamecock is in Austwick, North Yorkshire - quite a way away. Both are still good pubs.
  • ESW
    almost 6 years ago
    Lucky you living in such a wonderful part of the country. I fully endorse all you are saying but do please tell us more about your favourite bits and what makes them special for you.

    We've been visiting for 50 + years and there are still parts I've not yet explored. I have happy memories of a couple of weeks spent in Falstone stopping at the Gamecock Inn, in the North Tyne Valley before the reservoir was built. In those days everyone was employed by the Forestry Commission and we regularly saw people working in the forest during our walks. Visitors were unusual then and all the village came to see who had arrrived on the bus. News of our arrival spread like wildfire. We visited after the reservoir had filled up and hardly recognised the valley. Places like Mounces, The Law and Plashets had been flooded and new names had taken over. Before the reservoir, no-one had heard of Tower Knowe, Leaplish or Bull Crags. Now the scars from the felling have mellowed and the reservoir looks as if it has always been there. The valley is still as beautiful but I am so glad I saw it before Keilder Water.