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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
We complimented our meal with garlic (again) and plain nan bread, pilau rice and Tracey got a side dish of dhal to try.
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
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
Ever fancied learning how to fly or just wanted to experience a trial flight over the stunning Northumberland coast line? We are so lucky to have Purple Aviation located just a few minutes away from Woodys Lodge and Woodys Retreat, making it the perfect place to book a week away or a weekend and surprise a loved one with a special trial flight that they won’t forget.
Purple Aviation are the best school for microlight training in Northumberland. It’s located on Eshott Airfield which is just 16 miles North of Newcastle, just off the A1 near Felton and just minutes away from Woodys Lodge and Woodys Retreat.
The trial flights start from just £70 depending on duration and type of aircraft (fixed wing and flex wing).
For those that would like to learn how to fly, the flying school boasts some of the best instructors in the North East. For more information, check out their website: Purple Aviation
Woodys lodge can accommodate up to 8 people, whilst Woodys Retreat can accommodate up to 4 people. Both properties come with all the mod cons you would expect to find in a home away from home including a large spacious terrace and a sunken hot tub. We also are pet friendly so you can bring your four legged friend on holiday with you. A perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge those batteries.
To check our our availability you can either do so online by selecting Woodys Lodge or Woodys Retreat and clicking on availability or alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mel on 07930 901 377 x
P.S. We still have some availability for mid week and weekend breaks for the Summer Break, check out our special offers page via the availability link above.