7-Night Northumberland Discovery Tour

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England.
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £959pp £914pp

Northumberland has a great variety of scenic landscapes. On the coast you’ll find charming fishing villages and dramatic sandy bays. Head inland to historic battle sites and open moorland. Castles at Bamburgh and Warkworth – one of the largest, most impressive fortresses in northern England – and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall give a glimpse into the area’s history. The magnificent mansion house of Wallington and the peaceful Island of Lindisfarne offer calmer, more reflective destinations.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the mightly Bamburgh Castle
  • Journey to the Isle of Lindisfarne like the pilgrims of old
  • Witness the might of the Roman Empire at Hadrian's Wall
  • Discover Warkworth Castle, one of the strongest and most impressive fortresses in the North

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
  • Admission cost for Heatherslaw Railway

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


For many today will be the highlight of the week. We cross the causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where the main attraction is the remains of the Norman Priory (EH). From there we visit Ford and Etal, two of the prettiest villages in Northumberland, before ending the day at the historic Flodden Battlefield.


Explore the beautiful area of the Cheviot Hills with a walk through Ingram Valley. After Rothbury, our afternoon will be spent at Cragside (NT). This magnificent estate is the former home of Lord William Armstrong and is famous for being the first house in the world to be lit by hydraulic power.


A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


Transport yourself back 2,000 years with our visit to the World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall. After Corbridge, we travel past Housesteads fort to Cawfields where we take a short walk along a dramatic section of the wall. We visit Chesters (EH), a former Roman Cavalry fort, before ending the day at Hexham with its magnificent abbey.


Experience the border history of the area with our visits to Preston Tower, a 14th-century tower house, and Bamburgh Castle, one of the finest in England. There are fantastic views from the battlements across to the Farne Islands. We end the day at Craster, where a walk along the seashore towards Dunstanburgh Castle should not be missed.


A short drive takes us to the attractive village of Warkworth where we can visit Warkworth Castle (EH), with its links to the Percy family, Harry Hotspur, and William Shakespeare. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful estate of Wallington (NT). This great house was home to many generations of the Blackett and Trevelyan families who all left their mark. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Nether Grange

Sitting pretty in the centre of the quiet harbour village of Alnmouth, Nether Grange stands in an area rich in natural beauty and historic gravitas. There are moving views of the dramatic North Sea coastline from the house too. This one-time 18th century granary was first converted into a large family home for the High Sheriff of Northumberland in the 19th century and then reimagined as a characterful hikers’ hotel. Many of the 36 bedrooms look out across the sea, while a large lounge, conservatory and adjoining bar are there to entertain you. Easily accessible from the house are the coast path while inland lies the Northumberland National Park. North are the Farne Islands and their spectacular seabird colonies and close by is Lindisfarne and its romantic castle accessible at low-tide via an ancient pilgrim’s path. Nearby too is the medieval market town of Alnwick and its eponymous castle, as well as the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched on a grassy peninsula to the south of Embbelton Bay. Best of all though is Bamburgh Castle, built to resemble a magnificent medieval fortress but actually an impressive Victorian folly.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the house’s smartly presented rooms up an impressive sweeping staircase. Full of warm tones or coastal colours and comfy touches they’re a great base for exploring the area. With 36 bedrooms, Nether Grange has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the elevated terrace gardens with a cooling drink and a cracking sea view or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet or giant chess, backed by views of the beach and sea beyond. The spick and span sky-blue painted bar with its mismatched blue and stripy seats boasts all the requisite cosiness and British bonhomie, plus a selection of local beers and your favourite tipple. Settle in.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Nether Grange is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.

Accessibility

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Getting to Nether Grange

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What to Bring

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.

Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.

Alan Appleton

Alan decided to pursue his interest in local history by becoming a City Guide in Newcastle upon Tyne. After a further intensive training course Alan qualified to become a Blue Badge Guide for North East England, and enjoys showing visitors around the area.

As a member of the National Trust and English Heritage he is able to pursue his interest in historic buildings, castles and stately homes. Alan enjoys travelling both home and abroad, and is an ardent supporter of Newcastle United.

He loves the North Yorkshire Moors and Scotland (in particular Glen Coe) very well, having stayed in the areas on numerous occasions.

Alan was very knowledgeable about the area and the various places we visited. An excellent leader who very much added to the enjoyment of the holiday.

Walter Willcox

Walter is a retired University History lecturer, qualified as a Blue Badge guide in 2008, and has been an HF leader since 2010. He was born in Herefordshire, grew up in Kent and read Modern and Mediaeval History at St. Andrews University. He came to work in the North East of England in 1969 and has lived in the area ever since. As well as his guiding work he currently continues his association with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities as a role player, consultant, and interviewer in the Medical and Law Departments. Walter is married with one son and four grandchildren.

Leader to Be Announced

We’ll announce the leader for this holiday shortly. Be assured that all of our expert leaders share one goal; to create an exceptional experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you on this holiday.

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Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2020
29 May - 05 Jun
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18 Sep - 25 Sep
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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

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