Within walking distance
Berwick Rugby Club: The most northerly rugby club in England www.berwickrugbyclub.co.uk
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 and Cafe with excellent reputation for home cooked breakfasts, pies, quiches lunches, sit in or take away.
Coast and Castle Cycling Route 1: less than a mile from Causeway Barn
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, 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. There is a wonderful circular walk on the Elizabethan Walls that takes around 45 minutes and offers wonderful view of the town, the River Tweed and the coast towards Lindisfarne. The L.S. Lowry Trail is another pleasing way to explore Berwick as it showcases paintings and information on Berwick. Lowry painted numerous scenes of the town whilst on holiday, he very nearly moved to Berwick, as he so loved the town.
Today Berwick is incredibly well serviced by facilities some of which include:
LNER and Cross Country Main Line Train Station – 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 and 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 free form shallow pool www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/leisure-facilities/swan-centre-berwick
King’s Own Scottish Borders Museum http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/berwick-upon-tweed-castle-and-ramparts/
The Lowry Trail
Towerhouse Pottery Beautiful ceramics 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
Supermarkets Marks and Spencer Foodhall, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons
Eating Out in Berwick upon Tweed
Audela on Bridge Street www.audela.co.uk Seasonal high quality fresh local menu by chef/owner.
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.uk
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.
The 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.
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! 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
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
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
Coldstream: The Hirsel www.thehirselcraftscentre.com/
St Abbs Head for diving www.stabbsdiving.com
Over 20 miles highlights
Mick Oxley Gallery www.mickoxley.com
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:
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 December. Fill 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 December. Father 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.
Traquair- Scotland’s Oldest inhabited House www.traquair.co.uk
Abbotsford- The home of Sir Walter Scott www.scottsabbotsford.co.uk
Mellerstain House and Gardens– www.mellerstain.com