As we enter the darker nights we all could do with an escape, somewhere to relax for a few days and have a change of scenery. Northumberland has some fantastic places to visit, at this time of year a brisk countryside walk is always well worth the visit to a pub for food after.
One of our favourite places to walk is a 40 minute drive from our farm and has links back to our family living there. Alwinton is deep in the https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/
Our favourite walk is at Clennel Street, at Alwinton. The 4.5 mile walk is a circular route which takes you along an old drove road used for driving livestock (and by whiskey smugglers and w too) high ontop of the hills, skirting the forest back along the river via Clennel Hall (Mark’s Great Grandfather was a coachman here) where you can stop for a drink or food https://www.clennellhallcountryhouse.com/ before returning to your car in Alwinton.
On your return journey continue up the road passing Otterburn Military Range as you head for the A68 for outstanding scenery, but be careful if you wander along the way as the south of the road is a live military firing range.
Our favourite walk can be found here:
If you are passing through West Woodburn on a Sunday visit local artist
On your way back call into Otterburn or Bellingham for a potter, followed by lunch at the community owned pub at Ridsdale
At the end of the day coming back and relaxing with us after your adventure is a treat, comfy beds with stars to gaze at makes the perfect end to an autumn day.