LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

There is a wide range of attractions, and places to visit when staying with us.

CUMBRIA

South Tynedale Railway is the highest narrow gauge railway in England. It operates steam & diesel hauled passenger trains along a two foot narrow gauge line which travels through the scenic South Tyne Valley between Alston in Cumbria and Lintley in Northumberland, a journey of some 3.5 miles in length. They run a regular timetable during the Summer season, call the talking timetable or go to the website for full details. The Cafe on the station serves a selection of refreshments and some of the trains will also run with a buffet carriage. The Shop offers a selection of gifts and souveniers for children big and small. Alston CA9 3JB Talking Timetable Tel: 01434 382828 Tel: 01434 381696 Distance: 3-5 minutes walk
Web: www.strps.org.uk

Hub Heritage & Transport Museum The Hub is the ultimate visitor experience, encompassing the history of Alston Moor as depicted through an amazing collection of vintage vehicles, photographs & memorobilia, loaned or given by local people. View Alston's early farming history in old photographs & ancient implements. Learn the connection between the Sopwith Camel biplane & a very respected mining engineer. Walk through Willy Kirsop's BIKE SHOP. See pictures of wartime Alston & the contribution that local industry made to the War Effort. See the first motorised transport to come to the Moor, the birth of the bus service & the introduction of the railway. Station Yard Goods Shed, opposite South Tynedale Railway Station, Alston CA9 3HN Tel: 01434 381609 Distance: 3-5 minutes walk
Web: www.alston-hub.org.uk

The Cane Workshop (Louise Folkard) Specialists in the re-caning and restoration of all traditional rattan cane and rush furniture. Please drop in and see Louise at work, or to discuss pieces of furniture that you need to be re-caned. If you are interested in learning how to re-cane or re-rush a chair seat, please contact Louise for further information. Stokoe House, Alston CA9 3HS Tel: 01434 382973 Distance: 6-7 minutes walk
Web: www.thecaneworkshop.co.uk

Gallery 1611 (Syl & Ray Macro) Showing the work of Syl and Ray Macro, inspired by the Pennine Landscape and other leading potters working in the North of England. Also 'Potter in the Window' featuring a different ceramic artist each month. Open Easter to October 10.30am-4.30pm Wed-Sun (school holidays daily) November & December weekends only. Winter season by appointment.
Market Place, Alston CA9 3HS Tel: 01434 382137 Distance: 6-7 minutes walk
Web: www.gallery1611.co.uk

The Old Parlour (Iris) has a treasure trove of all things old and not so old. They stock a wide variety of objects from furniture to antiques & collectables, including silver plate, china & porcelain, oil lamps, electric lamps, brass & copper, kitchenalia, garden crocks, dolls, pictures, boxes, trunks & more. Monument View, Townfoot, Alston CA9 3HX Tel: 01434 382390 (Seasonal Opening) Distance: 5-6 minutes walk
Web: www.theoldparlour.net

Just Glass (M. J. Graham) Antique Glass, Victorian Decorative Glass including Cranberry, Mary Gregory, Vaseline and North Pressed Glass. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday or by appointment. Cross House, Alston CA9 3HS Tel: 01434 381263 Shop/Mobile: 07833 994948 Distance: 6-7 minutes walk

The Pennine Pottery (Peter Lascelles) with pots for sale and a permanent exhibition of British 20th Century pottery. Normally open April-October 9am-1pm & 2pm-4pm daily (except Wednesdays). Open other times of the year when the potter is present. It is safer to phone to avoid disappointment. 2.5miles from Alston on the A686 towards Hexham. Nr Alston CA9 3NG Tel: 01434 382157 Distance: 10 minutes drive
Web: www.penninepottery.co.uk

Hartside Nusery Garden (Neil & Sue Huntley) This family run nursery was established in 1975 and specialises in propergating, growing & selling some of the rarely offered hardy plants from around the world. The wide range of old & new species & varieties includes Alpines, Primulas, Spring & Autumn Flowering Gentians, Rock Garden Plants, Woodland Garden Plants, Dwarf Conifers, Dwarf Rhododendrons & Hardy Ferns. Something for everyone from the beginner to the specialist. A wide range of plant collections are available at attractive prices for many situations. 1.5 miles from Alston on the A686 towards Penrith Nr Alston CA9 3BL Tel/Fax: 01434 381372 Distance: 10 minutes drive
Web: www.hartsidenursery.co.uk

Rose House Studio (Lionel & Alex Playford) Visit landscape painter Lionel Playford's beautiful studio, meet the artist and buy original art and prints. Some of his work can also be found hanging on the walls of Lowbyer Manor. There is usually someone in but if you are making a special journey you may want to ring ahead to avoid disappointment. Lionel also offers Pennine Painting Art Courses, please visit the website for more information. Garrigill, Nr Alston CA9 3DU Tel: 01434 381092 Distance: 3.9 miles / 10 minutes drive
Web: www.lionel.playford.net

Pennine Perennials
Moordale, Garrigill CA9 3EB (Hardy Plants & Herbs grown at 1100ft) Open Mar-Oct 10am to Dusk Tel: 01434 381688

Nenthead Mines (CURRENTLY CLOSED a local group are looking into the possibility of re-opening as soon as possible) Nenthead, Nr Alston CA9 3PD Tel: 01434 382726 / 382037 (As featured on BBC2 Heritage Heroes)
Web: www.npht.com/nentheadmines

The Watermill (& Millshop) is one of Cumbria's original green enterprises, using waterpower since the 1760's. They specialise in Bio-Dynamic & Organic flours milled the traditional way. The Tearoom has a well deserved reputation for delicious organic, vegetarian, local & seasonal food & its peaceful atmosphere overlooking Sunnygill Beck. Open daily 10.30am-5pm or dusk all year (except Christmas to mid January). They also offer Baking Courses and Tours most afternoons (except Wed and Sat - parties welcome by appointment. Little Salkeld, Nr Penrith CA10 1NN (7 miles from M6 Junct 40 off A686, 1.5 miles from Langwathby station) Tel: 01768 881523 Distance: 15.1 miles / 26 minutes drive
Web: www.organicmill.co.uk

Croglin Designs their shop is upstairs in the early Victorian school room with the main workshop and small viewing area below. Producing Toys, Construction Sets, Names in Wood, Chopping Boards, Credit card holders and 'signs' (made to order) from Cumbrian hardwoods. The Old School, Lazonby, Nr Penrith CA10 1BG (On the B61413 100yds up from the Co-Op) Opening hours very occasionally due to marketing commitments. Normally open 10am-5pm Tues-Fri, updated times are available on the answerphone Tel: 01768 870100 Distance: 14.6 miles / 32 minutes drive
Web: www.croglindesigns.co.uk

The Village Bakery has a reputation as one of the leading organic bakery brands renowned for the quality of their breads and cakes and also their special dietary features. Cafe VB has grown out of The Village Bakery and has an interesting and seasonally changing menu. You will always get a warm welcomein their award winning venue. Enjoy their garden eating in the summer or unwind in front of their wood burning stove in the winter. The Gallery is another reason for visiting. Local craftsmen supply a range of gifts, cards, furniture and arts. Melmerby CA10 1HE Tel: 01768 881811 Distance: 10.5 miles / 15 minutes drive
Web: www.village-bakery.com

The Rheged Centre is housed under a unique grass roof, it is a surprising building of architechtural merit well worth a visit in its own right. It is an ideal place to visit particularly on a rainy day. Their ten individual shops showcase Outdoor Clothing & Equipment, Cards & Wrap, Sweets, Chocolate & Lollipops, Artisan Food Hall & Taste! Cafe with over 50 regional food producers, Women's Clothing & Skincare, Made in Cumbria offering gifts from local crafts people, Books!, Craft Gifts, Toys! and Craft, Design & Art. The Gallery showing five exhibitions a year, the north west's largest 3D cinema, indoor & outdoor play and pottery painting, plus four Cumbrian information stations covering food, outdoors, culture and families. There are also three other cafes offereing breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. FREE parking and entry. Penrith CA11 0DQ (Open daily 10-5.30pm) Tel: 01768 868000 (Closed Christmas, Boxing & New Years Day) Distance: 20 miles / 32 minutes drive
Web: www.rheged.com

Lowther Castle & Gardens The Sandstone remains of a romantic Castle. 130 acres of once grand Gardens undergoing loving restoration. Woods to wander. Wildlife to keep an eye for. Incredible views of lakeland fells. It is a unique, slightly eccentric and special. Our brand spanking new café sits proudly in the coach house and offers wonderful views of the stable courtyard, parkland and distant avenues of trees. The Cafe serves proper food, carefully prepared by their own cooks using locally sourced ingredients including: Soups of the day, Selection of Bloomer sandwiches, Hot sandwich selection, Winter Warmers, Homemade cakes, scones, biscuits, muffins, flapjacks and brownies, Freshly ground coffee, Leaf and speciality teas, Plus children’s boxes, local ice cream and snacks. Open every day from 10am-5pm Tickets cost £8 for adults FREE to nice children and well behaved dogs. Guided tours for groups by arrangement. Lowther, Nr Penrith CA10 2HH Tel: 01931 712192 Distance: 23.4 miles / 37 minutes drive
Web: www.lowthercastle.org

Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill Acorn Bank is best known for walled gardens containing an outstanding collection of medicinal and culinary herbs and traditional orchards. Dogs are welcome on the woodland walks that run along Crowdundle Beck to the watermill, where the machinery turns most weekend afternoons. The delightful tearoom uses fruit and herbs from the garden. It is located 1 mile from Temple Sowerby, (midway between Penrith & Appleby on A66 CA10 1SP) Open mid Feb-mid Mar at weekends and from mid Mar-early Nov Wed-Mon (closed Tues) 10am-5pm, tearoom 11-4.30pm. Tel: 01768 361893 Distance: 20 miles / 33 minutes drive
Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Winderwath Gardens A garden of interest to plantsmen and families, with rockeries, herbaceous borders and mature trees. A large collection of Alpine and Himalayan plants, including Meconopsis, Arisaema and other rarities. Picnic area by the pond. Plants and second hand garden tools for sale. Open 1st March to 31st October Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm. 5 miles east of Penrith on A66. Take B6412 towards Culgaith at west end Temple Sowerby bypass CA10 2AG Tel: 01768 88250 Distance: 17.8 miles / 28 minutes drive

Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
Favourites flown include: Flo the Bald Eagle, Andy the Peregrine, Ollie the Harris Hawk and you can have a go too - at the display, visitors have the chance to fly a bird. Tea Room offers freshly ground coffee, home-made cakes and scones and light lunches. Gift shop offers a small range of gifts to suit all pockets, with all proceeds supporting the centre. Lowther, Nr Penrith CA10 2HH Open daily during Apr-Nov from 11am - 5pm Flying Demonstrations 2pm-4pm weather permitting Tel: 01931 712746 Distance: 23.4 miles / 37 minutes drive

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue & Conservation Centre offers a wide range of animals including rare breeds, arts & crafts, a listed heritage site, Admission fee applies. However, FREE admission to Cafe & Shop, FREE parking and FREE WiFi. Open November - Easter 10am-4pm, Easter to end of October 10am-5pm. Last entry to animals one hour before closing. Whetheriggs Pottery, Clifton Dykes, Penrith CA10 2DH Tel: 01768 866657 Mob: 07764 352835 Distance: 20.9 miles / 31 minutes drive
Web: www.wetheriggsanimalrescue.co.uk

Penrith Golf Centre & Driving Range 9 hole (par 30) golf course, pay as you play, no membership required, 300yards driving range with bunkers, pond and putting green, floodlit, high quality simulated 'turf' mats, full compression balls, club hire, professional tuition, full club repair service, major stockists of all leading brands, open 7 days a week 9am-9pm. Just 2 minutes from Junction 40 of the M6, Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DR Tel: 01768 892167 Distance: 19 miles / 29 minutes drive
Web: www.penrithgolf.co.uk

Larch Cottage Nurseries are host to over 15,000 varieties of plants and specialists in the Rare and Unusual as well as a vast array of shrubs, Perennials, climbers, Japenese Acers, Old Fashioned Roses and Dwarf Conifers. A Secret Garden has been created here in the heart of the Eden Valley, where Romanesque walls, drapped with greenery act as a backdrop for the peaceful gardens bursting with mature stock plants. The Greenhouse Restaurant uses the freshest of ingredients to serve a light Mediterranean style menu - thin based Italian Pizzas are there speciality, together with sumptious home-made cakes, freshly ground coffee and home baked breads. Red Barn Gallery is located in the 18th century 'Fosters Barn' which adjoins the nursery and hosts exhibitions throughout 10 months of the year, with each running for 6 weeks. Permanently on show is the work of over 20 of the best contemporary jewellers. Melkinthorpe, Nr Penrith CA10 2DR Tel: 01931 712404 Fax: 01931 712727 Distance: 23 miles / 37 minutes drive Web: www.gardenstatuarylarchcottage.co.uk Web: www.redbarngallery.co.uk
Web: www.larchcottage.co.uk

Abbott Lodge Jersey Ice Cream A working dairy farm set in the Eden Valley's spectacular scenary, which produces over 30 flavours of delicious homemade ice cream with ample parking. A tearoom, indoor & outdoor play areas, calf viewing & disabled facilities. Open daily 11am-5pm (closed Christmas & New Year Bank Holidays). A6 between Penrith & Shap, just south of Clifton, signposted Melkinthorpe, Nr Penrith CA10 2HD Tel: 01931 712720 Distance: 23 miles / 37 minutes drive
Web: www.abbottlodgejerseyicecream.co.uk

Lanercost Priory (English Heritage) an Historic & Living Church. The Priory Church os St. Mary Magdalene is open to visitors all year round during daylight hours together with an historical exhibition and sales table. Entrance is FREE. English Heritage care for the Priory ruins which are open 10am- 6pm April-October (admission charge). 2 miles North East of Brampton, Lanercost, CA8 2HQ Tel: 01697 73030 Distance: 19.1 miles / 33 minutes drive
Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Lanercost (Tea Room, Restaurant, Farm Shop & Gift Shop) All their food is freshly prepared using quality local Cumbrian produce wherever possible. Furnished with contemporary and relaxed styling, creating an up-to-date ambience, they still pride themselves on good old fashioned service values. FREE Wifi throughout. Abbey Farm, Lanercost, Nr Brampton CA8 2HQ Tel: 01697 741267 Distance: 19.1 miles / 33 minutes drive
Web: www.lanercost.co.uk

The Roman Army Museum The past comes alive in this spacious museum. Easy access & room to explore makes this the place for people of all ages to relax & enjoy an enriching Roman experience. Find out more about the Romans, Hadrian, his Wall & the everyday lives of the multi cultural soldiers who came from all over the Roman Empire to serve on Rome's most northern frontier. Cavoran, Greenhead, Brampton CA8 7JB Tel: 01697 747485 or 01434 344277 Fax: 01434 344060 Distance: 17 miles / 35 minutes drive
Web: www.vindolanda.com

Birdoswald Roman Fort (English Heritage) Please call for opening times & prices or visit the website. 4 miles west of Greenhead off B6318. Gilsland, Brampton CA8 7DD Tel: 01697 747602 Distance: 19 miles / 39 minutes drive
Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk/birdoswald

Talkin Tarn Country Park A beautiful 65 acre glacial tarn on the edge of the North Pennines. Ideal for water sports and walking among the mature woodland and grassland. Talkin, Brampton, CA8 1HN Boat House Tea Room Tel: 01697 73129 Distance: 17.7 miles / 31 minutes drive
Web: www.carlisle.gov.uk/talkintarn

High Head Sculpture Valley is set in 5.5 acres of rolling farm land a delightful gallery, tearoom, & health spa offering peace and relaxation, good food and delightful walks. High Head Farm, Ivegill, Carlisle CA4 0PJ Tel: 01697 473522 (Open daily 10.30am-5pm closed Wednesdays, ring for winter opening) Distance: 32.3 miles / 57 minutes drive
Web: www.highheadsculpturevalley.com

Walby Farm Park is a great day out for the whole family. With exciting outdoor play areas, lots of aminal friends, a nature trail and Cumbria's largest indoor play area, there really is something for everyone! Curly Tails Cafe offers delicious hot & cold homemade food from 10am-5pm every day. There is also a shop offering a wide selection of boys toys and girlie gifts. Walby, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle CA6 4QL Tel: 01228 573056 (Open daily 10am-6pm, last entry 4pm) Distance: 24.5 miles / 38 minutes drive
Web: www.walbyfarmpark.co.uk

Carlisle Cathedral Founded in 1122, with stained glass windows from the 14th - 20th centuries, fine wood carving, painted wall panels and Brougham Triptych Alterpiece 'Christianity in Cumbria' exhibition in the Cathedral Treasury. Gift Shop & Restaurant. Open all year Mon-Sat 7.30am-6.15pm & Sun 7.30am-5pm, Winter Bank Holidays 4pm Distance: 28.1 miles / 44 minutes drive Tel: 01228 548151 / 535169

Carlisle Castle (English Heritage) Please contact the property for opening times and prices or visit the website. Carlisle CA3 8UR Tel: 01228 591922 Distance: 28.3 miles / 43 minutes
Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery boasts a wide range of exhibitions and events, brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery. Being the premier attraction in the North West means that Tullie House is recognised for its first class customer service, and for exciting, varied events and exhibitions programmes. High Season: 1st Apr-31st Oct Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (Restaurant open 9.30am) Sun 11am-5pm. Low Season: 1st Nov-31st Mar Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (Galleries close at 4pm, Restaurant open 9.30am) Sun 12noon-5pm (Galleries close at 4pm). Adults £7, Concessions £5.00 18's & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. Full admission & concession tickets are valid for 1 year, so please keep your receipt with your ticket for a return visit. Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP Tel: 01228 618718 Distance: 29 miles / 48 minutes drive
Web: www.tulliehouse.co.uk

A World in Miniature Museum This truly amazing museum contains one of the World's top three collections of miniatures, from remarkable copies of antique furniture in beautiful tiny room settings, to everyday items at sizes you just won't beleive. With over 50 rooms to look at throughout the Museum, there is something to capture everyone's imagination. Houghton Hall Garden Centre, Houghton, Carlisle CA6 4JB Tel: 01228 400388 Distance: 27.9 miles / 43 minutes drive
Web: www.aworldinminiature.com

Houghton Hall Garden Centre
offers an outdoor plant area which was created from the original walled kitchen garden of Houghton Hall, it boasts a stunning selection of quality plants all year round. The Garden Centre is spread over three levels, on the main level there are the core gardening ranges; plus seasonal products such as bulbs & bird care and the Houseplant area. The second floor mezzanine displays garden furniture ranges, conservatory furniture, BBQ's, chimneas together with stylish picnic ware, candles & outdoor leisure products. The basement level houses the World in Miniature Museum, Craft Central, Doll's House Emporium, Hornby, Airfic & Scalextric. Lift access is available to all floors. There is also a Gift Shop, Clothing Shop and Farm Shop. The Garden Centre & Farm Shop are open Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm & Sun 10.30am-4.30pm. The Topiary Coffee Shop & Restaurant are open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm & Sun 10.30am-4.30pm. Houghton Hall Garden Centre, Houghton, Carlisle CA6 4JB Tel: 01228 400610 Distance: 27.9 miles / 43 minutes drive
Web:www.strikes.co.uk

Parkfoot Trekking Centre
Escorted trekking over glorious countryside overlooking Lake Ullswater. Horses & ponies to suit all the family, beginners or experienced riders welcome. Hard hats/waterproofs provided FREE. Children welcome 5yrs upwards. Lead reins are available. No road work. Established 17 years under the same management. All their horses & ponies are reliable, well mannered & hand picked to do their job, all native breeds including the renowned Highland Pony, of which they have several, noted for their sure-footedness & calm temprement. Situated within easy access of the M6 motorway at Junction 40 Penrith. Take the A66 west at the first roundabout, by the Rheged Discover Centre, head towards Ullswater & Pooley Bridge. Parkfoot is a mile from Pooley Bridge on the eastern side of Lake Ullswater along the Howtown Road CA10 2NA Tel: 01768 486696 Distance: 24.8 miles / 38 minutes drive
Web: www.parkfootponytrekking.co.uk

Cumbrian Heavy Horses the ultimate horse riding experience in the stunning Lake District, Cumbria. They are the UK's only specialised Heavy Horse Riding establishment! A small, professional, family run Equestrian Centre unique in the use of our magnificent Clydesdale, Shire & Ardennes heavy horse breeds, for riding. They are situated in the Whicham Valley, within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park. Suitable for riders of varying ability, with steadier rides & mounts for the nervous novice & forward going fluent Clydesdale, Shire & Ardennes horses for those wishing to experience the thrill of riding a REAL horse!!! Nr Millom LA18 5 LY Tel: 01229 777764 (9am - 6pm) Distance: 64 miles / 1hr 42 minutes drive
Web: www.cumbrianheavyhorses.com

Rookin House Activity Centre Horse Riding, Escorted Adult/Midi/Mini Quad Bike Treks, Quad Challenge, Madtrax, Go Kart Rally Cross, Cub Karts, JCB Operating, Stalwart Army Trucks, Argo Cat Off Road Experience, Dakar 4x4 driving with a difference, Group Activities: Reverse Steer, Blindfold driving, Power Turn & Video Navigate, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Air Rifle Shooting, Archery, Rainbow Trout Fishing, Human Bowling, Group activities: Multi-Activity Packages, Wet N' Wild Package, Assault Course, Zip Wire & Paint Balling. Troutbeck, Nr. Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0SS Tel: 01768 483561 Fax: 01768 483276 Distance: 41.9 miles / 1hr 3 minutes drive
Web: www.rookinhouse.co.uk

Go Gorge Scrambling...
It doesn’t sound all that logical but walking up a mountain river sure is a lot of fun and burns a lot of calories! An opportunity to climb up waterfalls and dive into rock pools. What’s more, trips are organised for most abilities and it’s up to you just how wet and daring you get. Rain or shine, guaranteed thrill factor. www.lakesactivities.co.uk

Go Ape…
Enjoy a forest like never before by taking part in this high adventure assault course up to 60 feet off the ground as you negotiate the tree tops of Whinlatter Forest. You will tackle a series of breath-taking zip-wires, hair-raising Tarzan swings and wobbly rope bridges in two-hours of adrenaline-soaked fun. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted. www.goape.co.uk

Go to the beach...
There’s more to the Adventure Capital than lakes and fells. There is a stunning, peaceful coastline too. Venture out of the central honey-pot areas to escape the crowds for some quiet cycling and walking or even horse riding on the beaches. Kayakers and kite-surfers will find loads of empty beaches and quiet shorelines to get out for more of an adrenaline rush. www.western-lakedistrict.co.uk

Clockwork Forest at Grizedale...
A series of interactive sensory installations has been launched as part of the first phase of the reinvigoration of the sculpture programme at Grizedale Forest - the UK's first forest for sculpture. The Clockwork Forest has been developed for the Ridding Wood Trail, the most popular walking trail within Grizedale due to its accessibility to all. www.grizedalesculpture.org

Theatre by the Lake...
Theatre by the Lake in Keswick has unveiled its 2012 programme of plays that includes Artistic Director Ian Forrest’s usual mix of the classic, the contemporary, the uproarious and the challenging. Find out the programme by visiting www.theatrebythelake.com

NORTHUMBERLAND

Hexham Abbey is a remarkable place to visit. Originally a Benedictine Abbey, then an Augustinian Priory & now the Parish Church of Hexham, this has been a place of Christian worship since AD674. Explore... 1300 years of history, amazing architecture, a saxon crypt. Experience... tranquility, a unique atmosphere, music & singing. Enjoy... stained glass, the shop & tea room, a time of quiet. Opens daily 9.30am-5pm Sunday services at 08.30am, 10.00am & 6.00pm. Hexham Abbey Office, The Parish Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3NB Tel: 01434 602031 Distance: 23.9 miles / 35 minutes drive
Web: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

Old Gaol Museum The Old Gaol was England's first recorded purpose-built prison, built by order of the Archbishop of York in 1333. From then to the 1800's it housed many prisoners, locked up until their trials in the Courtroom of the Moothall. Following a major renovation & redevelopment, the Old Gaol is now a fully accessible, modern museum with new hands-on displays and a vivid "Reiver Raid" film. Open daily March-October Feb & Nov Mon, Tue & Sat 10am-4.30pm (last admission 4pm). Hexham Old Gaol, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD Tel: 01434 652349 Distance: 23.9 miles / 35 minutes drive
Web: www.tynedaleheritage.org or www.ilikemuseums.com

The Garden Station a peaceful location in rural Northumberland, bordered by wonderful woods and original, restored Victorian railway station. The garden is open every day with plants for sale. The Station Cafe serves home-made organic & local food, offers exhibitions of arts and crafts and sells books, cards, arts and crafts. The Cafe opens 10am-5pm daily in the Summer, during Spring & Autumn it opens 10am-5pm on Fri- Mon only. Courses in gardening, arts, crafts, baking & more. Admission FREE. Langley on Tyne, Hexham NE47 5LA Tel: 01434 684391 Distance: 22 miles / 14 minutes drive
Web: www.thegardenstation.co.uk

Brockbushes Farm It is famous for it's 'Pick Your Own' fields, asparagus fields and an award winning Farm Shop & Tea Room. The Plantary has an inspiring array of bedding & herbaceous plants during the Sping & Summer. These are complimented by a wide range of containers from oak barrels, wooden planters, hanging baskets, to terracotta pots. Situated on the main A69 Newcastle to Carlisle road. FREE parking. Open 9.30am and the tea room at 10am daily, closing times vary depending upon the season. They are also open on Bank Holidays. Nr. Corbridge NE43 7UB Tel: 01434 633100 Distance: 29 miles / 43 minutes drive
Web: www.brocksbushes.co.uk

Allendale Forge Studios Art & Media Visitor Centre is an artist led, purpose built space. Over two floors there is: a gallery, a cafe, a designer/maker gift shop, Allendale Forge Bicycle Hire, 11 studios - home to a variety of creative businesses that are open to the pulic, a sound recording studio, a conference/meeting room with digital hub; video conferencing & secure business broadband, workshop/design studio and Allen Valley Physiotherapist. Allendale Market Square, Allendale NE47 9BD Tel: 01434 683975 Distance: 13 miles / 26 minutes

Vindolanda Trust The Vindolanda has the excavated remains of impressive fort walls, two bath houses, civilian houses, workshops & stone fort walls including two latrines. Unusual & mysterious circular buildings & the west gate guard chambers, headquarters building, commanding officer's residence, a Romano Celtic temple to an unknown god & full scale replicas of Hadrian's Wall in turf, timber & in stone can also be explored. Every year the Vindolanda Trust continues to excavate the site. Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7JN Tel: 01434 344277 Fax: 01434 344060 Distance: 23 miles / 37 minutes drive
Web: www.vindolanda.com

The Alnwick Garden is one of the world's most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland's vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration & fun. Designed by Jacques & Peter Wirtz, the Garden is a wonderful combination of spaces, themes, quirkiness & play. Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU Tel: 01665 511350 Open 31st March - 31st October 10am-6pm, Winter opening times vary. Distance: 72.8 miles / 1hr 30 minutes drive
Web: www.alnwickgarden.com

The Alnwick Castle Discover Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Europe & proudly known as 'the Windsor of the North'. It has been home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, through 700 years of drama, intrigue, tradegy & romance. Alnwick NE66 1NQ Tel: 01665 510777 Open 31st March - 30th September 10am-6pm (last admission 4.15pm) Distance: 72.8 miles / 1hr 30 minutes drive
Web: www.alnwickcastle.com

Cragside (National Trust) Discover the World of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside House was a wonder of its age. Built on a rocky crag, it is crammed full on ingenious gadgets and was the first in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Cragside, Nr Rothbury NE65 7PX North of Rothbury on the B6341, 16 miles NW of Morpeth, 13 miles SW of Alnwick Tel: 01669 620333 Distance: 52.4 miles / 1hr 31 minutes drive
Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Otterburn Mill
is a great day out, whatever the weather. Situated in picturesque rural Otterburn in the heart of Wild Redesdale, Otterburn Mill offers stress free shopping, a large home bake coffee shop & a Tourist Information Centre. Their Shop sells a diverse range of products including high quality men's & ladies clothing, outdoor clothing, woollen goods & gifts. The Shop is housed in the original mill buildings alongside archive material, tools & machinery that was once associated with a thriving local weaving industry. Otterburn NE19 1JT (Open 7 days with FREE parking) Otterburn Life Shop Tel: 01830 521002, Weavers Coffee Shop & Restaurant Tel: 01830 521004 Distance: 42.9 miles / 1hr 4 minutes drive
Web: www.otterburnmill.co.uk Web: www.otterburnlife.com

Fishing
Tel: 0870 240 3549 Web: www.nwl.co.uk/gofishing

COUNTY DURHAM

High Force is a spectacular sight. The River Tees suddenly drops 21 metres over the Whin Sill into a plunge pool below. A 1/3 mile long, gently sloping woodland walk leads you to the waterfall. Illustrated interpretation boards tell the story of High Force on the way to the steps leading down to the viewing area at it's base. Care must be taken especially if you are visiting with children, who should be supervised at all times. Dogs are welcome on short leads. There are picturesque picnic areas to relax in and a gift shop, which sells a variety of souvenirs, confectionary and hot & cold drinks. Average length of visit: 45 minutes to 1 hour. Car Parking £2 per car £1.50 per motorbike. Forest-in-Teesdale DL12 0XH Tel: 01833 622209 or 01833 640209 Fax: 01833 640963 Distance: 17 miles / 32 minutes drive
Web: www.rabycastle.com

Raby CastleThis dramatic medieval castle, built by the mighty Nevills has been home to Lord Barnard's family since 1926. Discover the fine collections of furniture, impressive artworks & elaborate architecture. The Stable Tearooms pride themselves on delicious home cooking. Enjoy wholesome and appetising food, where the former stalls provide a unique and comfortable setting. Also housed in the old stables, the gift shop offers a wonderful choice of gifts. Open Easter: Sat- Mon, May, June & Sept: Sun-Wed (Guided tours only Mon-Wed, please refer to website for more details), July & Aug: daily except Saturdays, Park & Garden 11am-5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm), Castle: 1pm-4.30pm (last admission 4pm or 3.45pm on tour days). Please allow 31/2 hours to fully appreciate the Castle, Garden & facilities. Staindrop, Nr Darlington DL2 3AH Tel: 01833 660202 Fax: 01833 660169 Distance: 38.9 miles / 1hr 9 minutes drive
Web: www.rabycastle.com

The Bowes Museum Whether you are a returning visitor or new to the Museum, you may be impressed with the recently completed £12m transformation. The new suite of picture galleries is amoung the best in the UK, as is the stunning Fashion & Textile Gallery. Open daily 10am-5pm Closed only 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan. Admission charges but children are FREE (under 16yrs). However, there is FREE admission to the Bistro Style 'Cafe Bowes' & the Bowes Museum Shop; you can indulge in seasonal menus throughout the year & the Shop offers a range of gifts & souveniers including items inspired by the collections & exhibition programme, as well as stationery, books, homeware, toys and jewellery. Barnard Castle DL12 8NP Tel: 01833 690606 Distance: 32.2 miles / 1hr 6 minutes drive
Web: www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Beamish Museum in 300 acres of beautiful countryside Beamish vividly brings the senses alive. See what life was like during Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian times and visit the houses, shops & other buildings that have been rebuilt & furnished as they once were. Freshly baked treats cooked on the ranges around the Museum, sample a pint of real ale in the Sun Inn or try some tasty sweets from the Sweetshop. There's an excellent range of local produce available for you to buy, including delicious fish & chips at Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the Pit Village. Main Season Open End Mar - early Nov 7 days a week 10am-5pm, Winter Season Open early Nov to Mid March 10am-4pm, Midweek half price day tickets are available (Tues-Thurs). Museum is Closed on Mon & Fri during Winter. Beamish DH9 0RG Tel: 0191 370 4000 Fax: 0191 370 4001 Distance: 50 miles / 1hr 8 minutes drive
Web: www.beamish.org.uk

Killhope the North of England Lead Mining Museum. Breathtaking scenery, underground adventure, fascinating history, beautiful woodland walks & amazing wildlife. Even in summer it is recommended you go dressed for adventure, wear warm clothing & sensible footwear so that you can make the most of your visit. Wellingtons are essential for mine trips, bring your own or borrow a pair there. Open daily 10.30am-5pm April - Early November. Admission fee allows entry to Killhope FREE for 1 year. FREE admission to the Shop & Pip's Cafe which is open 10.30am-5pm daily serving a wonderful choice of light lunches & snacks. FREE Parking & dogs are welcome. Near Cowshill, Upper Weardale DL13 1AR Tel: 01388 537505 Fax: 01388 537617 Distance: 8 miles / 15 minutes drive
Web: www.killhope.org.uk

Northside Falconry
Northside Farm, Boldron (off A66), Barnard Castle DL12 9SR Tel: 07815 756386 Distance: 35 miles / 1hr 7 minutes drive
Web: www.northsidefalconry.co.uk

Packhorse Trails in the North Pennines for horse riders and for mountain bikers. Please contact the North Pennnines AONB Partnership, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland DL13 2UY
Web: www.northpennines.org.uk

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