Northumberland Discovery Tour
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Hills & moorland
Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Small groups and friendly leaders make this a great way to enjoy Britain at its best.
Northumberland has a great variety of scenic landscapes. On the coast you'll find charming fishing villages and dramatic sweeping sandy bays, while head inland to historic battle sites and open moorland with superb views.
- Bamburgh Castle with its fascinating Grace Darling Museum
- The Isle of Lindisfarne, cut off from the mainland twice a day by the tide
- The World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, including the fort at Chesters
- Warkworth Castle, one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in northern England
- The magnificent mansion house of Wallington with its fine interiors and collections, and extensive gardens
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full-day mini-coach tours, with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 1½ miles
- Knowledgeable leader: learn more about the history and landscapes of Northumberland from your knowlegeable leader
- Accommodation: excellent coastal location with magnificent sea views, and an emphasis on local food
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together and relax together
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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.
Saturday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Sunday: Along the Northumberland Coast
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.
Monday: Cheviot Hills and Cragside
Explore the beautiful area of the Cheviot Hills with a walk in 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.
Tuesday: Hadrian's Wall and Hexham
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.
Wednesday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. The magnificent castle and gardens at Alnwick Castle would make a spectacular day out.
Thursday: Lindisfarne and Border Country
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.
Friday: Warkworth and Wallington
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.
Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. If you visited every attraction and don't have any membership/discount cards you may need to bring up to £80 for entrances. This would be the maximum required and there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
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
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.
Walter Willcox is a Blue Badge Guide, based in the North of England. He qualified after retiring as a university lecturer in history. He also taught general arts courses with the Open University, from its beginnings in 1971 until 2010. He has a tremendous enthusiasm for the rich cultural heritage in the North of England, and a great love of the beautiful remote countryside of the region. Over the past forty years he has lived in several parts of Northumberland and Cumbria, including the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the North Pennines. Walter takes great pleasure in sharing his knowledge of the area with visitors.
Alan decided to follow up 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.
Kate Walton has been a professional Blue Badge guide since 2003. She delights in sharing her knowledge of this wonderful region with visitors from this country and abroad. Given the rich heritage of North East England there are many special places to share, but of particular interest to her are Hadrian's Wall, Durham city and cathedral, Christian heritage and Holy Island, and the many castles and stately homes which abound in the region. When Kate is not guiding she volunteers as a steward and guide at Durham Cathedral and enjoys gardening.
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|9 Aug 2017||ALHCR - Discovery Tour - Alnmouth||3||£365.00||£345.00||Book Now|
|30 Sep 2017||ALHCR - Discovery Tour - Alnmouth||4||£465.00||£465.00||Book Now|
|4 Oct 2017||ALHCR - Discovery Tour - Alnmouth||3||£355.00||£355.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person