June 2020 - Acorn Leisure Holidays
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 parking, in fact, it will take you around 15 minutes (a miles walk) to get from your car to the beach.

Ross Back Sands is steeped in history, located on the north side of Budle Bay, about two miles north-west of Belford. “Ross is the site of a medieval deserted village.[1] Today, there is a large farm at Ross and a few farm and old coastguard cottages, including Ross Farm Cottages. Ross Low is a stream which flows by the settlement into Budle Bay. Ross Back Sands and Ross Links are located to the east of Ross. During World War 2, Ross Links was used for anti-tank training, and there was a small light railway, probably used for moving target practice.[2] A pillbox just to the west of Ross Farm is one of a number of World War 2 defences in the area”. Reference: https://co-curate.ncl.ac.uk/ross-northumberland/

Upon leaving your car simply head down the lane and keep going, you will end up at Ross Farm which is also home to the Lindisfarne Oysters. The farm itself is a working farm, so please keep dogs on a lead at this point, there maybe sheep or horses grazing the land nearby.

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Once you’ve hit the beach gates, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the panoramic views. To the left of the beach in the distance you will see Holy Island and to the right side you will see the impressive Bamburgh Castle.

For our walk, we headed towards Holy Island, a nice and easy stroll, around 7 miles in total including the walk to the beach from the car. Here are a few pictures I took along the way.

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The storms we have had recently have unearthed the remains of a shipwrecked vessel, you can see them jutting out of the sand and water.

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Once we got closer to Holy Island, we veered around the corner and came across this. The structure is called Guille Point Beacon. It is one of two navigation towers which were reportedly built back in the 1800’s. Standing proud at around 70 feet tall and known locally as the “Old Law Beacons”.

Tom Blackwell states “Vessels entering the harbour lined up with the two beacons on a bearing of 260° (just south of due west) before turning sharply northward as they approached the tip of the spit – a course which safely guided them through the sand bars”. Credit to Tom Blackwell and Keith Park, link to further information can be found here Lighthouse Guile Point

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You may even see some seals if your lucky on this stretch of the beach. We also did have to take a small detour on the way back as there was an area cordoned off to protect the nesting birds.

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If your looking for a new beach to explore then I’d definitely recommend this one, the next time I venture out here I’ll be heading over to Holy Island and possibly combine it with a nearby trip to Budle Bay which is also a fabulous beach!

Access to Ross Back Sands: Park on the grass verge prior to getting the Farm (there is no vehicle entry beyond this point).

Sat Nav: Ross Farm NE70 7EN

To get to Ross Back Sands from Felmoor Park it’s relatively simple (via the A1) and is only around a 40 minute drive. I’m focusing my blogs mostly on walks and nearby attractions within an hour’s drive of the park.

After a day of exploring, kick back and relax under the stars in one of our hot tubs. We have a small collection of luxury lodges and holiday homes located on a beautiful country park. Prices start from £350, check out our availability on our website. Link to the property pages can be found here, Collection of properties

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Enjoy your visit to Northumberland, Mel x

Please respect the countryside, remember to take your litter home and keep our coastline clean.

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.

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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! 

Stag Lodge, Northumberland

Have an enquiry, drop us an email, info@acornleisureholidays.co.uk, we’d love to welcome you to our premier lodges and holiday homes. Nicola & Mel x