Bridge & Walking at Alnmouth
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Exercise mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks; either an easier or harder route, both carefully selected to enable you to see and explore the best of the local area. We'll return to the Country House in time to freshen up before the evening's Duplicate Bridge competition.
This holiday is suitable for regular players of Duplicate Bridge at club level.
- Daily choice of two walks
- Daily evening Bridge competition
- Comfortable Bridge rooms, quiet and as light as possible
- Small prizes offered, for fun
- EBU members earn Master Points
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Carefully selected friendly, knowledgeable and EBU qualified Bridge Director and HF Holidays’ Walk Leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All Bridge fees, stationery and prizes
- All transport for the walks
- Master Points
Nether Grange has undeniable history and gorgeous landscapes that surrounds the Alnmouth coastline. It's a perfect mixture of sea and landscape that provides a more settled terrain for everyone who enjoys walking in all of nature's beauty.
Nether Grange has 35 bedrooms, a number of which enjoy views across the links golf course to the sea.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Large lounge
• Dining room with sea views
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
|• Elevated terrace and croquet lawn with superb sea views
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Due to the age and the layout of the house, Nether Grange is not recommended for wheelchair users or guests with restricted mobility.
Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and the public rooms in the main building are over 2 floors with no lift available.
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
- Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication can be supplied
This Bridge holiday has been created for anyone who is a regular club player of duplicate bridge. You can exercise both your mind and body with this classic holiday combination. During the day you'll have a choice of two walks: either an easier (4-6 miles) or harder route (6-8 miles), both carefully selected to enable you to see the best of the local area. We'll return to the Country House in time to freshen up before the Duplicate Bridge competition in the evening.
Check-in starts from 2.30pm (premium rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea where we’ll introduce your leader.
Your first Bridge session starts at 5pm and continues after dinner. Please inform either the house manager or your Bridge leader as soon as possible if you do not intend to attend the evening Bridge competition.
During your stay
After a delicious breakfast, you can enjoy the guided walk of your choice in the lovely local area. You’ll be able to chat to your new Bridge friends as you make your way, savouring a well-earned picnic lunch together as you sit down and enjoy the scenery all around you. The programme of walks are given below.
Each evening at 5pm your Bridge holiday continues with a friendly competition that continues after the fabulous 3-course dinner.
One of the finest stretches of coastline in the country, this collection of walks will take you all the way from Nether Grange to the castle walls of Bamburgh over the course of your stay. All walks are coastal and so contain little if any ascent through the entirety of the walks.
Alnmouth to Craster
The walk in a nutshell – follow the dramatic coast to Craster and see the remarkable coastal geology at Cullernose Point, an outcrop of the great Whin Sill, a geological wonder. Away in the distance beckons Dunstanburgh Castle dominates the landscape. 7 miles (12 km)
Don't miss – kittiwakes and fulmars nesting on the cliffs at Cullernose, the aroma of smoking kippers in Craster and crab sandwiches in the pub.
Alnmouth to Embleton
The walk in a nutshell – fishing villages at Boulmer and Craster, wildflowers on grassy headlands and seabirds nesting high on exposed cliffs provide the backdrop to this walk. The mighty Dunstanburgh Castle, built in the 14th Century, a ruin by the mid-15th Century draws you on to Embleton Bay, a sweep of golden sand curving away in the distance. 9 miles (14 km)
Don't miss – the wonderful Dunstanburgh Castle, kippers smoking in Craster and nesting seabirds on the cliffs at Cullernose.
Craster to High Newton
The walk in a nutshell – you'll be walking across ancient pastures beside the sea as you head for the iconic Dunstanburgh Castle, all craggy and broken toothed and perched on a cliff high above the sea. Beyond the castle, Embleton Bay, a curve of golden sand sweeps to the north and leads you to and through the fishing hamlet of Low Newton then High Newton. 6 miles (10 km)
Don't miss – the cliff on the north side of Dunstanburgh Castle, Grey Mare Rock, a striking geological feature, Low Newton itself, a tiny square of former fisher folk's cottages beside the sea.
Embleton to Beadnell
The walk in a nutshell – the walk takes you along a path beside a nature reserve, through the fishing hamlet of Low Newton and on to Beadnell Bay, a giant sweep of golden sand backed by high dunes. The path a mix of dune paths and beach leads you on to Beadnell and its tiny harbour and historic lime kilns. 7 miles (11 km)
Don't miss – Early wildflowers in the dunes, Low Newton with its tiny square of fishermen's cottages and some wonderful coastal scenery.
Beadnell to Bamburgh
The walk in a nutshell – a day of beach walking takes you further north through the busy fishing port of Seahouses, the gateway to the Farne Islands and on to the rightly famous Bamburgh Beach. The great Bamburgh Castle, hidden surprisingly by the dunes eventually makes an appearance, but it's worth the wait to stand beneath its massive walls. It was once the capital of Northumbria and the palace of its 7th Century Anglo-Saxon Kings. 6 miles (10 km)
Don't miss – nesting kittiwakes on the approach to Seahouses harbour and eider ducks in the harbour too. There are fossils on the rocky sections of Bamburgh Beach, some big skies and perfect views across the sea to the Farne Islands.
Seahouses to Bamburgh and Budle Bay
The walk in a nutshell – Seahouses is the gateway to the Farne Islands and a busy harbour too. Bamburgh Beach, famed for its beauty and size is dominated by Bamburgh Castle, you can't miss it as you head north along the sand. Just north of Bamburgh Castle is Harkess Lighthouse, from where you get views to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and more fantastic coastal scenery. 8 miles (13 km)
Don't miss – the views of the Farne Islands, look out for dolphins too. Bamburgh Castle is just breath-taking and the Copper Kettle Tea Room does great cakes and a fine place to relax at the end of your walk.
We’ll be sad to see you leave, but we know you’ll be heading home after a leisurely breakfast having made lots of new friends, kept fit and done what you love best – playing Duplicate Bridge.
What to bring
All your Bridge stationery and equipment will be supplied. You may, however, like to bring a notebook and pen to make your own notes. EBU Members - don’t forget to bring your EBU membership number to earn Master Points on this holiday.
To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
Bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar, a small torch (in spring, autumn and winter) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed). Many guests find walking poles useful, particularly for descents. Insect repellent, sun hat, sunglasses and protection cream and a camera are all optional extras you may choose to bring.
Nether Grange sits right at the heart of the historic coastal village of Alnmouth. Located right on the North Sea coast there is a sweeping sandy beach and a small tidal harbour. Facilities include a handful of small shops, pubs and cafés.
A wider range of facilities, including shops, supermarkets, banks and chemists can be found in Alnwick, the nearest town. Alnwick is about four miles inland and is connected to Alnmouth by regular buses.
During your visit to the Nether Grange you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Alnwick Castle & gardens
The huge Alnwick Castle is a big attraction in its own right and has gained a younger audience since being used as ‘Hogwarts Castle’ in the Harry Potter films. The gardens have undergone extensive rebuilding and are now the main draw for many visitors. Alnwick is just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the hourly X18 bus. www.alnwickcastle.com or www.alnwickgarden.com
Owned by the Armstrong family since the 1750s, Bamburgh Castle occupies a splendid position above the sweeping sands of the North Sea coast. Bamburgh is 35 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 local bus which runs every other hour. www.bamburghcastle.com
Take a boat trip (weather permitting) from Seahouses to the Farne Islands; one of the best places in Britain to view seals and puffins. Seahouses is around 45 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 bus. www.farne-islands.com
English Christianity was born in 7th century Northumberland and Lindisfarne Priory, is its oldest major site, dating from 635AD. It is located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, cut off by the tides twice a day (make sure that you check the tide times before you visit). The Heritage Centre tells the stories of St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Bede and displays the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels in electronic form. Linisfarne is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth. www.english-heritage.org.uk/lindisfarne-priory
Warkworth Castle, a few miles to the south of Alnmouth, towers over a bend in the River Coquet and the picturesque town of Warkworth. Warkworth is just 10 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 518 bus. www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworth-castle
Built by Victorian industrial magnate William Armstrong, Cragside House was hugely innovative and was the first house in Britain to be lit by electric light. Now managed by the National Trust, the house and gardens are a fascinating visit. Cragside is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside
Seaton Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval Hall is a fine stately home, designed by John Vambrugh and completed in 1728. Following an extensive fundraising appeal it has recently been purchased by the National Trust. The hall is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall
The vibrant city of Newcastle is always bustling with activity and is famed for its shopping and lively nightlife. The new Baltic arts centre and Sage Gallery are well worth a visit. Newcastle is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached by hourly local bus.
Around 1½ hours drive from Nether Grange, Hadrian’s Wall remains a powerful symbol of the Roman Empire. The most dramatic section is from Once Brewed to Housteads Roman Fort and a walk here enables you to see some of the best preserved sections at close quarters. Two museums of note are the Roman Army Museum near Walltown you can gain an insight into the daily lives of Roman soldiers, and Vindolanda Roman Fort with its collection of rare Roman artefacts. www.visithadrianswall.co.uk
Alnmouth Village Golf Club
This links course if located right in front of Nether Grange. www.alnmouthvillagegolfclub.co.uk
Barter Books has been dubbed the British Library of secondhand bookshops and is located in a handsome old Victorian railway station in Alnwick.
Cragside House image © National Trust/Graeme Peacock, Seaton Delaval Hall image ©National Trust Images/John Hammond
Travel to Alnmouth
Our address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ
Nether Grange sits on a headland and only has access to limited roadside parking. We advise our guests to use rail travel where possible. Nether Grange is a 3 minute taxi ride from Alnmouth train station
The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, on the main line between Newcastle and Edinburgh. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 1 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £6. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nether Grange Manager.
Take the A1 to Alnwick. Exit on the A1068 heading towards Alnwick. At the roundabout turn right (not well signed) and follow the A1068 towards Alnmouth. After 2¾ miles go straight ahead at the first roundabout then left at the second roundabout onto the B1338. As you approach Alnmouth cross the bridge, then turn right at the roundabout into the centre of the village. Turn left into Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park, however free parking available on the streets around Nether Grange.
Travelling from overseas
There is a local airport at Newcastle which is served by European flights, and UK regional flights from London. From here take the metro to Newcastle Central station, then on by train to Alnmouth - a straightforward journey taking just over 1 hour.
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Alnmouth with one change at Newcastle. Allow 3½ hours to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 5 hours to reach Alnmouth. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Gordon has been playing Bridge for forty years and has represented his county on occasion. As well as being a Premier National Master, he is a full member of the English Bridge Union’s Teachers’ Association and a County Director. He has been teaching Bridge at night school and bridge clubs since 1995 and firmly believes that the game should be played for pleasure.
Made what could have been a very dry subject very enjoyable and informative.
Alan was awarded Professional Membership of the English Bridge Union for services to the game, in recognition of both his teaching ability and of his work promoting Bridge in schools and at Birmingham University. Presently teaching Bridge at the West Midlands Club (Solihull), Alan also devotes his time as President of the Birmingham Bowling Association. Having joined HF Holidays as a leader in 1988, Alan continues to enjoy the “buzz” of working for HF Holidays in our Country Houses and looks forward to welcoming you on your forthcoming Bridge holiday.
An excellent teacher who provided clear, easy-to-follow practices. Very laid-back and enjoyable teaching skills.
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