Local Area

Both properties are a short drive to the north/south A1. Holy Island is a 10 minute drive south. Just a little further is Bamburgh- the ancient capital of Northumberland, Seahouses with boat trips to the Farne Islands and Alnwick Castle and Garden. Rothbury where Cragside House is a very pleasant 30 minute drive through the beautiful Glendale Valley. The location of the properties also allows for excellent access to the Scottish Borders gems such as Paxton House, Abbotsford House, the once home of Sir Walter Scott and the market towns of Melrose, Kelso with it’s racecourse and Floors Castle- home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. Heading north Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city is only a 60 minute drive or 45 minute train journey on the east coast main line from Berwick upon Tweed.

Within walking distance

Berwick Rugby Club: The most northerly rugby club in England  www.berwickrugbyclub.co.uksaywotbeachygrass

Pot a Doodle Do: Cafe serving hot and cold drinks breakfast, lunches and afternoon teas,  Shop and Art/Craft Barn, Fishing and outdoor children’s play area with climbing frame  www.potadoodledo.com

Cocklawburn, Cheswick and Goswick Sands

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve. One of the largest golden sandy beaches in Northumberland and arguably the best. The sands stretch for 9 miles with views of the Scottish Border, the Elizabethan walls of Berwick upon Tweed,the Cheviot Hills,  Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle. www.northumberland-beaches.co.uk/cheswick-sands

“Go Outdoors” Store with “Go Eat” Cafe.

Coast and Castle Cycling Route 1: less than a mile from Causeway Barn

http://www.cyclepad.org.uk/listing/The-Coast–Castles-Cycle-Route-NCN-Route-1

Called Coast & Castles after the 100 or so miles of shoreline it follows, threaded through Northumbrian fishing villages, past vast sandy beaches. Now there is an alternative route continuing north along the coast instead of cutting inland via the Scottish Borders. The coastline is dotted with ancient castles such as Warkworth, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne. If you fancy a day cycling it is possible to follow this route from the Barn over the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, as long as the tide is out!

For Cycling Routes throughout Northumberland visit www.cyclepad.org.uk

Walking in Northumberland:

Guided Walks in Northumberland with Patrick Norris, highly recommended www.footstepsnorthumberland.co.uk

Independent walking guide at  www.northumberland-walks.co.uk

Berwick upon Tweed www.visitberwick.com  (5 minute drive, bus ride or 20 minute walk)

England’s most northerly town surrounded by dramatic Elizabethan walls bordered the River Tweed Estuary home to the second largest colony of mute swans in the UK. Berwick had a tempestuous history being sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482. Berwick Rangers, the town’s football team is the only English team to play in the Scottish League.

Recently the town featured in the motion picture, “The Railway Man.” The Royal Border Bridge that spans the River Tweed, designed by Robert Stephenson and opened by Queen Victoria in 1850 provided a magnificent back drop for the movie.
It is possible to walk around the town on the walls or follow the L.S. Lowry trail that showcases paintings of Berwick that he did whilst holidaying in the town.

Today Berwick is incredibly well serviced by facilities some of which include:

Virgin and Cross Country Main Line Train Station – 2.7 miles from Causeway Barn. Trains to Edinburgh direct into the centre of the capital in 45 minutes and to Newcastle upon Tyne in 50 minutes or London in 3.45 hours  with services also to the south west.

The Maltings Theatre, Cinema and Cafe/Restaurant  www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

The Swan Centre for Leisure, includes a 25m swimming pool with wave machine,

exciting flume and freeform shallow pool www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/leisure-facilities/swan-centre-berwick

King’s Own Scottish Borders Museum www.english-heritage.org.uk/berwickupontweedbarracks

The Lowry Trail

Towerhouse Pottery Beautiful ceramics see www.towerhousepottery.com

Berwick Auction House and Coffee Shop www.auctionhouseberwick.co.uk

Magdalene Fields Golf Club Berwick upon Tweed www.magdalene-fields.co.uk

 

Wilson Cycles on Bridge Street for bike fitting, hire, maintenance and sales  www.wilsoncycles.net

Shopping:

Supermarkets Marks and Spencer Foodhall, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons

Berwick Shellfish Company  www.berwickshellfish.com

Eating Out in Berwick upon Tweed

Audela on Bridge Street  www.audela.co.uk Seasonal British menu with home cooking. Open all day 7 days a week

The Curfew Micro Pub- located on a narrow lane off Bridge Street, served quality real ales- small but beautiful

The Salmon Inn Country Pub at East Ord

Amran’s Inidian Restaurant – Contemporary Indian dining  www.amrans.co.ukiStock_000011784929Small

The Queen’s Head www.thequeensheadberwick.co.uk

Foxton’s Wine Bar and Bistro  www.foxtonswinebar.com

Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant  www.theroyalgarden.co.uk

Barrels Alehouse Real Ales and live music on Bridge Street

Berwick Garden Centre and Farm Shop

Within 5 miles

Chain bridge Honey Farm www.chainbridgehoney.co.uk

Paxton House www.paxtonhouse.com

Most Northerly Border point between England and Scotland

Within 10 miles of the Barn (10-15 minute drive)

Holy Island of Lindisfarne www.lindisfarne.org.uk 11 miles from the Barn

The unique and beautiful tidal island was sacked by the Vikings and became the Cradle of Celtic Christianity under Saints Aidan and Cuthbert. Visitors today can enjoy looking around the Priory, Lindisfarne Castle and the Lindisfarne Centre which houses an exhibition on the Lindisfarne Gospels.

iStock_000018346081SmallThe island is a National Nature Reserve and is located within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is possible to walk to the island over the sands at low tide guided by the, “Pilgrims Way” markers. There are wonderful circular walks on the island that include sandy beaches on the quieter northern side of the island and the working harbour to the south. At low tide grey seals may be seen on the sand banks or swimming in the harbour at high tide. The island is a birdwatcher’s paradise and an important feeding area for Canadian Brent Geese. No trip to the island is complete without tasting Lindisfarne Mead that is made on the island.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/lindisfarne-priory/

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle/

www.lindisfarne-centre.com

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Ford and Etal www.ford-and-etal.co.uk

Heatherslaw Mill and Narrow Gauge Railway www.heatherslawlightrailway.co.uk

Aurora Nights’ at Kielder Observatory see www.kielderobservatory.org

Heatherslaw Light Railway Santa Specials! Running on 7th,14th and 21st 2014 December see www.heatherslawlightrailway.co.uk

Kimmerston Riding School www.kimmerston.com

Saint Cuthbert’s Cave

Norham Village and Forman’s traditional Butchers, Game Dealer, Cheese specialist and Wine Merchants www.borderbutcher.co.uk

The Barn at Beal www.thebarnatbeal.com

The Lindisfarne Inn www.lindisfarneinn.co.uk

Eyemouth working harbour and Maritime Centre, Gunsgreen House and Giacopazzi ice cream and fish and chips www.visiteyemouth.com

 

 

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Bamburgh www.bamburgh.org.uk 17 miles from the Barn

This coastal village was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. The village is dominated by the magnificent Castle and long stretch of golden sands that stretch to Budle Bay in the North and Seahouses in the South. The churchyard is the resting place of Victorian heroine Grace Darling and there is a museum in the village that tells her story. The village also offers several good dining pubs and restaurants.

Bamburgh Castle www.bamburghcastle.com

Grace Darling Museum http://rnli.org/shorething/discover/gracedarling/Pages/Grace-Darling-story.aspx

Church www.staidan-bamburgh.co.uk

Dining: The Mizen Head for Seafood and Steaks, the Castle Inn, the Lord Crewe Arms, Copper Kettle Tea RoomsiStock_000042057884Small

Seahouses Harbour and the Farne Islands www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands

Autumn Time is Grey Seal Pup time in Northumberland! 

With over 1000 pups expected to be born this Autumn it’s the perfect time of year to take a Grey Seal Cruise from Seahouses harbour to the breeding grounds at the Farne Islands. Seal cruises operate from 1st November to 31st March see www.farne-islands.com

Chillingham Castle and Wild Cattle Park www.chillingham-castle.com

Ross Links Beach and Budle Bay

Swinhoe Riding Centre

Wooler: www.bordersarchitectural.co.uk and Millers of Wooler for antiqueswww.swinhoefarmridingcentre.co.uk

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Coldstream: The Hirsel www.thehirselcraftscentre.com/

St Abbs Head for diving www.stabbsdiving.com

 

Over 20 miles highlights

Craster for Robson’s Kippers www.kipper.co.uk www.thejollyfishermancraster.co.uk

Mick Oxley Gallery www.mickoxley.com

Alnwick Castle and the Lions Bridge

Howick Hall and Gardens www.howickhallgardens.org

Alnwick- Ancient market town at the heart of Northumberland

Alnwick Castle has been home to the Dukes and Duchesses of Northumberland- the Percy Family for over 700 years. The castle featured in the  Harry Potter movies and the town has been filmed this summer for the television series, “Vera.” The current Duchess of Northumberland has over the last decade created and developed The Alnwick Garden, a fantastic attraction that includes a tree house restaurant! See:

www.alnwickcastle.com       www.alnwickgarden.com

The Alnwick Garden: a full Autumn/Winter programme for all the family  see www.alnwickgarden.com/events 

Some highlights include: Pumpkin Carving and Magic Wand Making. Christmas Markets and Willow Lantern Making: Weekends from 29th November to 20th DecemberFill your Christmas stockings with unique and eclectic delights from around the region,the market hosts a selection of handmade, artisan and traditional gifts, and offers shoppers the chance to indulge in festive nibbles and live carolling. Christmas lantern parade 21st DecemberFather Christmas In the Garden: 29th November to 24th December. New Year’s Eve Family fun in the Garden

Barter Books www.barterbooks.co.uk

Amble Marina, Spurreli www.spurreli.com/ for amazing ice cream

Walkworth Castle www.englishheritage.org.uk

Cragside: the home of Lord Armstrong www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Kielder Water and Forest Park www.visitkielder.com

www.coquetshorebase.org.uk on Druridge bay for water sports

www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk based in Alnwick for mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, coasteering, kayaking

 

Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital City, “Athens of the North”

45 minute direct train ride from Berwick upon Tweed or a 60 minute car journey from Causeway Barn, famous for the annual Festival in August and the Christmas Markets.

Scottish Borders

Traquair- Scotland’s Oldest inhabited House www.traquair.co.uk

Abbotsford- The home of Sir Walter Scott www.scottsabbotsford.co.uk

Mellerstain House and Gardenswww.mellerstain.com

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