NORTHUMBERLAND – Please proceed with caution, my friends. For there’s something that lurks beneath the vast sand rushes of Northumberland’s wild shoreline and it seeks your soul to have as its own. I know, because it stole mine from me – and I haven’t been the same since.
Druridge Bay (Image credit: M Czekirda)
Northumberland is home to more than 30 miles of the most beautiful beaches in the British Isles. Some of them are hulking curved slices of sand and rock like Embleton Bay upon which stands Dunstanburgh Castle, others sheltered coves of folding dunes and dancing grasses like Druridge Bay.
Whichever beach you choose, be prepared; keep your heart guarded at all times. For if you don’t, it’ll be lost amongst the wild sands, and you will never want to return home.
If you are passionate about the hidden gems across Northumberland, this journey through the College Valley in the Northumberland National Park is just for you.
College Valley, Northumberland National Park
Discover Northumberland’s Wild Spirit and follow in the footsteps of a local legend.
Isaac’s Tea Trail is a long-distance circular path approximately 36 miles long. Launched in 2002, it is inspired by the life and travels of Isaac Holden (1804 – 1857) who was a travelling tea seller, philanthropist and familiar figure on the rough tracks of the North Pennines in Victorian times.
The trail follows riverside paths, through farmland to the open moorland with fell top views. Set in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will discover green valleys and cross wild moors with stunning views across Northumberland and experience tranquillity where the only sound is bird song.
Northumberland is England’s last great wilderness, and will always be an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Because of this, you’ll never be short of things to do in Northumberland - your only worry will be fitting everything in. Whether you’re hurtling through Kielder Forest on a mountain bike or teeing off at one of Northumberland’s many golf courses, you’re sure to find the perfect activity for you.
Mountain biking at Kielder Water & Forest Park
Here are just some of the things you can’t afford to miss in 2015:
If you have been watching ITV1 recently, you may have caught a four-part series ‘Bring Back Borstal’. The series saw 10 young offenders take part in an experiment to see if the tough regime of 1930s borstal could help them get their lives back on the straight and narrow.
Whilst the programme content might not be for everyone, the beautiful rural location of the Ford and Etal Estates might have taken your eye. Some Northumbrians immediately recognised Ford Castle masquerading as the ‘borstal’, but many remarked they were intrigued to find out more about the area.
We decided to write a series of in-depth posts about different aspects of Ford and Etal, beginning with the villages at the heart of this beautiful hidden gem in Northumberland.