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Out and about in Northumberland - The Heritage Coast for leisure, pleasure and activities.

Fish, Golf, Dive, Birdwatch, Cycle, Walk, Horse ride and Kite-surf these are all sports and hobbies that are particularly well catered for in North Northumberland, and a Stay Northumbria holiday home makes an ideal base from which to explore the County of Northumberland and beyond. Just check out the links below and you'll see for yourself just how diverse a break in Northumberland can be.

In Northumberland, from a Stay Northumbria holiday cottage, whatever the time of year, you wll be able to walk on beaches and on the hills (The Cheviots) and see very few other people.

The Heritage Coast of Northumberland and its interior is one of the last great unexplored areas of England. Northumberland is also an area steeped in history, where wild life abounds, and its an area with as wide a range of activities and interests for you to enjoy as you would find anywhere in the UK.

There really is an interest here for everyone, relaxation, sport, educational or historical, literally on the door step of a Stay Northumbria holiday cottage, house or apartment .

Here are just a few suggestions -


From Kippers to Dippers

Seahouses is renowned, along with Craster for the production of Kippers to the old traditional recipe - no colouring, no flavouring just pure goodness on a plate...

The harbour in Seahouses and the beaches round about are the ideal place to birdwatch - from Cuddies Duck (the Eiders) in the harbour to Terns, Oyster Catchers and a plethora of birdlife out on the shoreline.

From Cloister to Oyster

The birthplace of Christianity in England, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, its priory and castle, which are only approachable at low tide is just one of a congregation of landmarks worthy of a visit.

The Lindisfarne Oyster Farm lies on the site of the oyster beds established by the Priory Monks. Now Christopher and Helen Sutherland harvest oysters from their shoreline "farm" which lies within the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.

From Gardens & Flowers to "Ivory Towers"

The Alnwick Garden, Lindisfarne' Gertrude Jekyll garden, Kirkharle the birthplace of Capability Brown, Cragside Rothbury, and Howick Hall are but a few of the venues any self respecting horticulturalist or garden amateur enthusiast will want to visit. 

These, alongside the turreted bastions of Northumberland's turbulent past - Bamburgh Castle, Berwick historic Walls, Alnwick Castle, the haunted Chillingham Castle, and derelict ruins of Dunstanburgh, will enthral even the most ardent and experienced traveller.

From Puffin to Nuffin .. well not quite

The Farne Islands are accessed by boat from the harbour at Seahouses, Puffins are only there for the breeding season, but then you really know they are there - some 50,000 of them arrive in May and depart back out to sea at the end of July and in just a few days they've all gone as quickly as they arrived. 

So then all that remains are the many other seabirds like Shags, Cormorants, Razor Bills, varieties of Terns and of course the beautiful Grey Seals our permanent residents.

Fly LieFrom Fishing Fly to stunning Lie

Hardy's of Alnwick is probably the most famous fishing tackle company in the country if not the world. The rivers Tweed and Tyne infamous for their offerings of Salmon and Trout. Sea Fishing and farm fishing too are catered for in North Northumberland and Stay Northumbria has contacts with a number of firms with whom guests can spend a day catching supper.
The stunning lies on the Golf courses of North Northumberland are something to behold. Some 10+ castles are reputedly visable from one of the tees at Bamburgh, the coastal links course challenges at Goswick, Seahouses & Alnmouth, and the parkland courses of Wooler and Rothbury - all within a 25 mile journey from most of our properties. Check out our special facilities for Golfers and those who choose to Fish.

Some useful links for information