Things To Do

There are beautiful riverside walks right on your doorstep when you stay at Riverside Cottage. But for those who take walking a little more seriously, Northumberland has a huge amount to offer. The Northumberland Coastal Path (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) offers some of the finest coastal walking in Europe. It stretches for 64 miles (103km) from Cresswell in the south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north. The walk is split into 6 manageable stages. It's not only the stunning coast Northumberland has to offer but also hillwalking in the National Park (the Cheviot hills), more information can be found on our 'Walking' page. More...

It's a delight to get on the saddle in Northumberland with a number of dedicated cycleways to enjoy the stunning scenery. There are plenty of gentle routes for the whole family, but there are also more challenging routes including the northern stretch of the Pennine Cycleway and the Coast and Castles cycle route. More...

Northumberland has numerous attractions to explore, in fact there's far too many to mention here! Some of our favourites include: The Alnwick Garden, Whitehouse Farm Centre, Farne Island Boat Trips, Newcastle City Centre and the Quayside, The Metro Centre (the UK's largest shopping centre) including the north of England's only IMAX cinema, Kielder Water and Forest Park and Heighley Gate Garden Centre. More information about these places can be found on our Attractions page. More...

Day Trips
With its central location the Cottage is also an ideal base for a day trip a little further afield. Edinburgh is just over an hour away on the train from Alnmouth or Morpeth and a is a beautiful City to explore at any time of year. Driving up to the Scottish border via Otterburn and to Jedburgh and Kelso offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. This route also lets you take in Carter Bar, the border point between Scotland and England. The views on offer here have to be seen to be believed. Newcastle City Centre and the Metro Centre are also less than 30 minutes drive away and well worth a visit for the museums, culture, dining and shopping.

With the River Coquet right on your doorstep the Cottage is ideally placed for the fishing enthusiast. The River Coquet is famous for its autumn run of salmon and sea trout, every year huge sea trout of up to 20lbs are caught. It is also famous year round for its Brown Trout. The upper reaches of the river offer classic fly-fishing within the splendour of the Cheviot hills. Just a mile from the Cottage is the Felton Fence Fishery that has four well stocked lakes. Another place of interest is the House of Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum located in Alnwick. The season for salmon runs from 1st February to 31st October and daily and weekly fishing licenses are available.

The county has a huge number of attractive golf courses. The nearest being Burgham Park Golf and Leisure Centre, a championship designed 18-hole golf course with excellent practise facilities set in 230 acres of attractive countryside. Others nearby include: Percy Wood Golf and Country Retreat in Swarland, Linden Hall Golf Course, Alnwick Golf Club, Alnmouth Golf Club, Morpeth Golf Club, Rothbury Golf Club, Warkworth Golf Club, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, Seahouses Golf Club, Slaley Hall, Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, Wooler Golf Club and Newbiggin by the Sea Golf Course. More than enough choice to please even the most ardent golfers.

Water Sports
Northumberland offers excellent water sports year round. It is great canoeing and kayaking territory and its long stretches of sandy beaches make it a popular destination for kitesurfing and adventure sports enthusiasts. You can head out to the Farne Islands and dive in the company of grey seals or go inland to Kielder Water and Forest Park, which is Europe's largest man made lake.

For everything you need to know to plan your trip including Town Guides, interactive visitor maps, events and things to do, visit our sister site Your Northumberland Guide.
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