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Short Walks: Bewick taking in Cateran Hole

Short Walks: Bewick taking in Cateran Hole

Northumberland has a plethora of walks, hikes and trails to explore. This one is a new one for me, it’s a fairly short but moderate walk. We did 6 miles taking in the wonderful views of the moors and the picturesque ruins of Blawearie. Parking along the grassy verge we headed onto the footpath and took the first left, you’ll see a stone marked with CH. This is the sign that you are almost at the dark cave entrance. If you like a little exploring then it’s worth checking this out.

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A little something about Cateran Hole, information taken from trusty Wikipedia.

Cateran Hole is a circa 35m length cave set in the Gritstone of Cateran Hill in Northumberland. It lies about 4 miles due north of Eglingham, and can be reached by lining up the tall mast behind the farm with the left-hand end of the wood to the side of the Quarry House farm (to the north of the cave), then walking on this bearing.

A shallow crater with cut steps lead down into an easy rift passage which ultimately chokes. After the initial steepness of the steps, the passage is roomy with a slight downward tilt, running between two large planes of Gritstone which close in above. After about 30m a block, protruding downwards from the ceiling, reduces the route to a crawl into a small chamber which is choked by large blocks ahead. This crawl is sandy and often completely dry, although in very wet weather it occasionally sumps.[1] The main fault, however, continues, and it is likely that this cave could be extended by concerted digging (a dangerous activity), although it is difficult to see why this would be done in Gritstone, where there is unlikely to be found any significant lateral development.

Cateran Hole is reputed to have been a smugglers’ hiding place,[2] although locals claim that it once linked nearby Chillingham Castle with Hepburn. The latter seems an unlikely conclusion as it tends in the direction of neither, while the carved stone steps favour the former.

Cateran Hole

I’m not very good myself with dark and dingy spaces but I persevered to take some photos, thankfully it was a little wet towards the end of the crawl space so I didn’t have to face that fear!

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Cateran Hole

After a couple of miles of walking, we decided to stop for a short lunch break at the ruins, incredible views and at this time of the year the rhododendron’s looked fabulous. I also loved the swings hanging from the old and imposing tree. Photographers will love the window view of the landscape from within the ruins.

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Before you get to this walking trail, there is also a mini Thrunton Woods you could explore. It’s called Hepburn Woods. I’ll certainly be going back to explore as there are so many walks in the area to do for all fitness levels.

I’m slowly updating my walks that I have done prior to Lockdown and during, if you like walking/hiking like myself then make sure you are following our FB posts – I’ll also set up a newsletter for regular walks from those that wish to subscribe.

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For more information on my route, visit the following link: View Ranger

Access: From Alnwick take the B6346 to Edlingham, then continue straight on until reaching Old Bewick. Park considerately on the grassy triangle or the road verge beside the farm.

SatNav: NE66 4DZ

From Felmoor Holiday Park we are approximately a 30 minute drive to Bewick.

Looking for a weekend away or a mid week break to relax and charge those batteries then make sure you check out our availability on our website. Prices start from £350 depending on property. All of our properties come with their very own private hot tub, wifi, Sky TV and we are very dog friendly! 

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Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

The sun was out, the forecast was looking good and it was time to get my hiking boots on and prepare for my Hadrians Walk Challenge in June. I’ve been training at Simonside for the past couple of months but needed a long distance walk. I chose my favourite walk, Craster to Amble. It’s a total of 15.5 miles, not for the faint hearted.

Rollo was my walking buddy this time as Woody is a little too old now for the long distant walks. We set off from Craster car park at around 9:45am. It was slightly chilly to start off with but after a mile I’d sufficiently warmed up and the jacket was off.

We took in the sights of Howick Bathing House overlooking the sea, what stunning views. Further along there is a cove area, where we watched a family playing catch and enjoying the warmer and most certainly milder temps. Great place for a BBQ.

Over the bridge and upwards as we hiked up towards Boulmer, a lovely place for a pit stop at the Fishing Boat Inn, but please note it’s not dog friendly. There is seating at the back of the pub which overlooks the sea. We didn’t stop this time, we carried on, eager to get to Alnmouth Beach. We walked through the countryside, taking us away from the sea briefly and through a small caravan park with caravans just next to the dunes. We were rewarded by this entrance to the beach. Absolutely gorgeous.

A long stretch of beach, where you will find lots of dogs enjoying the sea and playing catch – not so many that it becomes over crowded. You see plenty of families enjoying rock pooling too and maybe a few paddle boards.

With Alnmouth in our sights, I was feeling slightly tired from not stopping, so I was really looking forward to a pint at the Red Lion and Rollo was looking forward to a drink of water and a chance to have a rest. The sun was beaming and needless to say I was looking a little flushed. This was our half way mark and I was going to walk back but I got a call from my mam and she said she was going to Amble for lunch so thought I’d join her. I just needed to keep the pace up.

After a 20 minute rest, we headed out of Alnmouth and on towards Warkworth. This is a flat walk, never seems to end, I think it’s around 4 miles of walking along a footpath/cycle path. Follow the road along and take a little detour so your not walking on the road as you are just about to enter the very picturesque Warkworth. We stopped to take some images of the Castle and River Coquet.

 

Again, we didn’t stop for a pit stop as much as we wanted too, I needed to get to Amble for 3:30pm and I had another 3 miles to walk. So pushing on we were soon rewarded by the glorious sights of Amble. Never been so happy! After lunch we drove back to pick the car up and then headed straight back to Stag Lodge for a well deserved glass of wine and a hot tub.

If you are planning a holiday in Northumberland, make sure you check out our availability, we have a stunning collection of luxury lodges, all of which have their very own private hot tubs and we are super dog friendly. Find us on Facebook and join our community group, we are always sharing news on what’s happening in and around Northumberland, best places to visit and chatting with our past and future guests.

We hope to welcome you to Northumberland, I’m already planning my next walk and it takes place in Rothbury, with a visit around the grounds.

Mel x

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

One of the reason’s I relocated to Northumberland from Newcastle was because I enjoyed the many walks with Woody. We have walked miles upon miles, exploring the rich heritage and taking in the breathtaking views. Thrunton Wood is definitely in my top 10 of walks. You can walk for a couple of miles or you can take different routes and notch up those miles. This walk, we managed 9 miles.

These images were taken on the 11th February 2018, below I will post some of my images taken in July and October in 2017. It’s a fantastic place all year around to explore.

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For more information on the walks, maps and other useful information, please visit Thrunton Woods Foresty Gov website

From Acorn Leisure Holidays (Felmoor Holiday Park), the postcode for the satnav is: NE66 4SD

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If you are looking to visit Northumberland, we have a collection of 2 and 3 bedroom lodges, all are dog friendly and they come with their very own private hot tub. Perfect for relaxing after a walk in the countryside. You can view our collection of luxury lodges here. If you have an enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact, simply visit here.

Thanks for reading, Mel x

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

What day do you class as a “Takeaway Night”, for me it’s a Thursday and a Saturday night! A takeaway, movie or in my case watching “Altogether Now”, hot tub and a bottle of wine. Perfect weekend. I am quite often asked for recommendations on where to eat or collect a takeaway, this blog is all about curries.

I had the pleasure of returning to my favourite Indian Restaurant with Tracey from Northumberland Eats a couple of weeks ago. Lal Khazana is located in Shilbottle, it’s literally a 10 minute drive from our lodges on Felmoor Holiday Park. Unfortunately at the moment they do not do deliveries but you can collect. We often dine in about twice a month – and often get takeaways, it’s that good!

I always get popadoms with extra helpings of mint sauce. I know that’s not the correct name, but everyone know’s what I mean. I also ask for extra onions, but I’m not a fan of the mango chutney and the spicy one, I’ve tried it but I just prefer the onion and mint. Simple lass. For starters, we had the Khazana mixed platter for two which consisted of a selection of special chicken kebab, chicken tikka, sheek kebab, onion bhaji and king prawn butterfly – great value at £8.50.

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I practically starved myself all day as I was so looking forward to feasting here, good job because the portion sizes are very generous. Next up for mains, Tracey opted for the Chinghri Sagwala which is prawns and fresh spinach cooked with garlic, ginger and a mixture of spices, garnished with fresh coriander. I had a sample of this as it’s not normally what I would go for, it’s very tasty but I prefer the massala and balti dishes. I opted for the chicken balti, cooked in special sauce with garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Spiced in a bend of aromatic spices. Oh my, I love this dish. I usually opt for a chiken tikka masala – I did ask for a small pot of that sauce though, so I could dip the nan bread in 🙂

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We complimented our meal with garlic (again) and plain nan bread, pilau rice and Tracey got a side dish of dhal to try.

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My mum always get’s the bengali sizzler. She highly recommends this dish, an image taken from Lal Khazana’s website below.You can view their online take away and dine in menu here, and the contact details for ease are: Tel: 01665 575 880 | Mob: 07800 635 340

Address is: Deanmoor Road, West End, Shilbottle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2YP

They are open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays, from 5:30pm – 11pm

Lal Khazana Bengali Sizzler

If you decide to visit when stopping with Acorn Leisure Holidays, let us know what you thought, we’d love to see some pics too. Maybe I’ll try something else next time. Have a great evening, Mel x

 

 

 

 

Northumberland Walks: Simonside & Rothbury

Northumberland Walks: Simonside & Rothbury

Short Walks: Ross Back Sands taking in stunning views of Bamburgh and Holy Island

Short Walks: Ross Back Sands taking in stunning views of Bamburgh and Holy Island

There's nothing better then hitting the beach when the weather is warm or hot and in the North East pretty much all of the coastline is dog friendly too. This beach which is called Ross Back Sands is simply stunning and rather quiet as there is very little car...

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I moved from Newcastle to Northumberland just over 3 years ago and I’ve never looked back. It’s easy to get fit when there are so many walks and places to visit, it also helps that the majority of pit stops are dog friendly. Woody certainly appreciated a welcome break for a glass of water and well I had an obligatory beer or glass of wine, as you do.

As an avid walker, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite walks in Northumberland. This blog post takes you to the picturesque village of Rothbury and it’s magnificent rolling landscape of Simonside.

You will find panoramic views, overlooking the the Cheviot hills and North Sea coastline. Wildlife aplenty given that it’s a special area of conservation, you may see wild goats, red grouse, curling and even some red squirrels in the forest below.  There are a couple of routes you can opt to do, from a leisurely family stroll or maybe a more challenging route for hikers, I’ll leave the links below so you can view.

For my hike, I decided on parking at Lordenshaws car park (postcode: NE61 4PU). Once you exit the car park, you see the immediate route before you. A steep climb awaits, a bit taxing on the thighs but a great workout! It’s a very popular walk for hikers so I’m sure you will bump into plenty and there’s very little chance of getting lost as the route is quite easy to see and well marked. This is also a popular walk with dog walkers too. Once you reach the top, have a little break, bite to eat and enjoy the scenery.

The village of Rothbury is just 15 minutes drive from our lodges on Felmoor Park. After a long day out enjoy the relaxation of the hot tub, admire the dark skies and enjoy a glass of bubbly or two. We can accommodate groups of up to 12, have an enquiry, get in touch. 

For more information on the walking trails or guided walks in Rothbury, visit the below websites.

https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/places-to-visit/coquetdale/simonside-hills/

http://www.shepherdswalks.co.uk/

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Thanks, Mel x

 

Surfing in Amble with Northside Surf School

Surfing in Amble with Northside Surf School

Northside Surf School located in Amble is the perfect place for you to sign up and experience the surf on the Northumberland coast line. Jon an experienced instructor runs the company and can cater for groups, birthday parties and individual lessons. As we approach the summer holidays, Jon is also offering kids lessons from just £25 including the hire of the equipment. Perfect for those families that want to keep the kids entertained whilst the adults indulge in some far more relaxing activities.

Woodys Lodge and the Retreat are located just 15 minutes away from Amble, providing you with the perfect base in which to explore the neighbouring country side and coastal villages. Our properties can accommodate families and groups from 4 – 8 people and we are pet friendly, so don’t forget to bring your four legged friend(s) with you on holiday.

For more information, or to enquire on our availability simply drop us a line or email by visiting the Contact Us page.

If you want to find out more information on Jon and his surfing lessons, visit his website or his trip advisor reviews

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for visiting us.

Mel x