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Things to do in Northumberland

Amazing, fun things to do in Northumberland, days out in and around Northumberland to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Northumberland.

Northumberland Coastal Path

It is always exciting and uplifting for children and adults when walking by the sea. And walking on a coastal path is the best way to do it. The Northumberland coastal path is split into 6 stages, each of which can be done in a day. We did part of Stage 3 which runs from Seahouses to Craster.

Local Walk

Whilst staying in Beadnell we decided to walk a stretch of the coastal path to Low Newton. You can park at Beadnell in the free car park close to the historic harbour. And either do as we did which was to walk there and back. Or you can walk there and catch the bus back.

The walk was a relatively easy one as most of it was along the beach and lovely and flat.

On reaching Low Newton we enjoyed the view of the beautiful sandy bay spread out in front of us. It took us an hour and a half to walk one way and three hours to walk back!

Local Walk - Northumberland Coastal Path
Local Food and Drink - Northumberland Coastal Path

Local Food and Drink

On arrival in Low Newton we headed to the Ship Inn for lunch. This popular pub right on the beach is a microbrewery. The local beer, called Dolly Daydream washed down the crab sandwiches beautifully.

A locally made bread roll called stottie was on the menu too. 

Along this tiny stretch of coast there is a smokehouse at Craster. We bought some locally smoked kippers for our supper and they were enjoyed with local Alnwick gin and Fentimans pink grapefruit tonic which is made in Northumberland. 

Local Wildlife

On our way back to Beadnell we stopped to do some stone balancing. Very therapeutic.

We also stopped to chat to the rangers at Long Nanny, a little tern breeding colony run by the National Trust. We saw little terns and arctic terns sitting on their eggs   Apparently little terns are in decline and are amber listed as a species of conservation concern. At Long Nanny they have rangers guarding the birds from predators 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Apart from people the birds are also in danger from foxes, badgers and stoats. And the silly things lay their eggs too close to the water and the high tide can wash them away.

The wild flowers along the walk were beautiful too. 

Local Wildlife - Northumberland Coastal Path

Next time we go we plan to do the driving Trail from Craster to Warkworth too.

18th December 2017

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Things to do near Seahouses

I love Northumberland, don’t you? Our day started with brunch and a Treasure Trail around Seahouses. We then spent the afternoon at Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum

Tea

Howick is the home of Earl Grey tea. The tea was specially blended to suit the water from the spring at Howick. The bergamot offset the taste of the lime in it apparently.

We treated ourselves to a big pot of it. Sandwiches, scones and cakes were the perfect accompaniment. Well it would have been rude not to! 

Things to do near Seahouses - Tea
Things to do near Seahouses - Trees

Trees

Before our sumptuous tea though we wandered through the gardens and arboretum of Howick Hall. The arboretum is about 65 acres with over 12,000 trees and shrubs grown from seed.

Some of the trees were really ancient and the whole walk was very beautiful. Seemingly there is evidence of stone age man on the estate and I can well believe it. It felt like we'd been catapulted back in time. 

Topiary

We saw no topiary at Howick. But instead the gardens follow the informal and natural style. We weren't there at the right time of year to see the thousands of snowdrops or the enormous numbers of daffodils but we did enjoy spectacular displays of wildflowers and the more cultivated gardens close to the Hall where the family live.

There are lots of red squirrels around, although none out and about the day we were there. Several goldfinches put in an appearance though! A real treat of a place. 

Things to do near Seahouses - Topiary

With the Treasure Trail and the walk around the gardens we did over 14,000 steps so a good day's exercise and loads of fun for people of all ages. 

5th December 2017

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