My top seven things to do in Northumberland.
I was born in Northumberland. I love Northumberland. I now live in Canada but any visit home means putting on the hiking boots and taking to the hills (or beaches). Here are my top things to do in Britain's least visited and wildest county.
1. Yomp the Simonside Hills. One of the things I love about Simonside is thatit takes very little effort to get some great views. Just a few breathless minutes and you are on the tops amongst the heather looking out over Rothbury with the North Sea in the distance. Also you can't really get lost despite the occasional dog walking off with a signpost.
2. Walk the beaches. Another classic Northumberland experience. Bamburgh, Embleton, Newton-by-the-Sea, Craster, Alnmouth, Warkworth are our favourites. Golden sands, blue skies sometimes and often bloody freezing but it's bracing and beautiful. We've stayed in cottages in most of these places and nothing beats falling asleep listening to the waves crashing on the sands.
|Bamburgh beach to ourselves.|
3. Eat scones. Those of you familiar with this blog know this is one of my rules of life but there is no better time to to do it than after a walk. These beauties were served to us in a tearoom in Rothbury. Other favourites of mine are the ginger beer scones at Quilliam Bros Tea House in Newcastle.
5. Scoff fish and chips. It has to be done in the land that does it best. Amble is a fishing village which has definitely spruced itself up in recent years. I went with my mum. She was evacuated there during the war and wanted to see how it had changed. We can recommend the fish and chips at the Quayside restaurant (although charging for a sachet of ketchup seemed a bit mean) and we loved the crafts for sale in the cute little wooden pods at the harbour.
|Loved this Amble garden.|
|Pods at Amble Harbour selling crafts.|
|Wild cattle of Chillingham|
|Chillingham Castle grounds|
|Walking the wall|
|Sycamore Gap on the Roman Wall|