Wet and wild Northumberland

If you like watersports wet and wild Northumberland is the place to come to.

Our long sandy beaches make us a popular destination for kite-surfing and adventure sports enthusiasts; it is great for canoeing and kayaking.

Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands and dive in the company of grey seals.

Seal, Grey, Animal, North Sea

Go inland and experience Kielder Water and Forest Park, which is Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, offering fantastic sailing and even waterskiing.

The Coquet Shorebase Trust in Amble provides water based activities for all ages and abilities including windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, raftbuilding, powerboating as well as a variety of shore based activities.

Golf in Northumberland

You are spoilt for choice if you are a golfer visiting Northumberland. We have several award-winning courses right on our doorstep including courses at Alnmouth, Alnwick, Berwick, Goswick, Bamburgh and Warworth.

From Thursday 30th July 2020 the British Masters will return to Close House, Heddon on the Wall, with former World Number One Lee Westwood becoming the first player to host the European Tour Tournament twice. Opened in 2011, the Lee Westwood Championship Colt course is set in almost 200 acres of beautiful Northumberland countryside. Designed by Scott Macpherson and named after English Golf Architect Harry Colt, the European Tour venue was voted one of the top 100 courses in the UK just one year after opening.

Fishing in North Northumberland

Whether you prefer sea, river, reservoir  or lake fishing, Northumberland has it all.

Still water trout fishing in reservoirs and smaller lakes is available throughout the county. The larger Northumbrian Water reservoirs of KielderDerwent and Fontburn cover the west, South and North Northumberland respectively. These larger reservoirs allow anglers to bait, spin or fly fish and day tickets are available. Smaller still waters, at Chatton, Thrunton Long Crag and South Linden offer excellent chances of catching fish for the novice while still providing a challenge for the more experienced.

The Northumbrian coast is so varied; there are superb sandy beaches, and numerous rocky areas which provide the shore angler the chance to catch a wide variety of salt water species including cod, pollack, all sorts of flat fish and summer mackerel. Casting a line from a pier can be fun too. CrasterAmbleSeahouses and Blyth all have piers and charter boats, for those who wish to go out to sea, are available too.

Information about permits and licences for fishing in Northumberland can be found on the Northumberland County Council website or alternatively contact a tourist information centre near to where you’d like to go fishing.

Duddo Standing Stones

The Duddo Standing Stones are a circle of Bronze Age stones 4 miles south of the border with Scotland. In a truly stunning spot with views over the Cheviots. Well worth a visit, as they are only a 30 minute drive from the Estate Office holiday cottage near Belford.

Footsteps- Walking the Beauty of Northumberland

Footsteps- Walking the Beauty of Northumberland, offer guided walks throughout Northumberland.

They can “ ……guide you to the wilder side of the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty famed for its golden beaches, rocky coves and magnificent coastal castles. We go deep into the hidden valleys and to the summits of the Cheviot Hills in the Northumberland National Park. There is plenty of great walking country in between the coast and the hills and on a Footsteps walk you will discover some of those places too.”

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club is often quoted as one of the most scenic golf courses in Britain and with views of Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands, the Cheviots and of course Bamburgh Castle, the course is one of the truest links experiences to be had in England.
This is a must-play golf course – join us and enjoy unforgettable golfing experiences.



Chillingham Castle is a 13th century, Grade 1 Star-listed stronghold in Northumberland, famed for action and battles. With its fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms, the castle has an extraordinary ownership bloodline which runs back to the 1200s.
Enjoy an evening of real Ghost Hunting at Chillingham Castle which is only 6.4 miles from us here in Middleton. Take part in an investigation exploring the supernatural activity at one of the most haunted castles in the country.
Explore dark spine chilling rooms, passages and stairways to uncover the spooky mysteries and ghostly activity at this ancient castle. Test your nerve by spending time in the infamous Edward I room; venture into the Torture Chamber or try to find Lady Grey… if you dare!
There’s no better place too enjoy a hands on supernatural experience.

Recent guests staying at our Estate Office holiday accommodation described Chillingham castle as the best castle they have ever visited.

Saint Cuthbert’s Cave Belford

St Cuthbert’s Cave is almost on our doorstep here in Middleton, Belford, North Northumberland. It is a very pleasant 90 minute walk from the door, through woodland and farmland to the English Heritage site of Saint Cuthbert’s Cave.

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Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory                    

Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK, a public astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world where you will find “infinite inspiration” and wonders you could have never imagined. The primary function of the observatory is outreach via public events. These fascinating events, take place most days throughout the year, booking is essential.

Take a look at what’s on at Kielder…