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
Have an enquiry, feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com
Walking and hiking is my passion, so if you’d like to read more follow me on our FaceBook Page and Private Group. I regularly recommend places to visit and we also from time to time post offers and updates on our properties and the park. Here’s the link: Facebook, Acorn Leisure Holidays
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
It’s always good to have a takeaway now and again, especially when you are on your holidays or you simply just can’t be bothered to cook. So, I was really excited to find out that the popular Streetzzeria Airstream announced that they would be now serving woodfired pizza’s every Thursday in Felton. For those that are staying with Acorn Leisure Holidays in one of our lodges, you will find Felton just round the corner from us. It’s literally a few minutes drive away.
Streetzzeria have a fantastic reputation and it certainly is popular judging by the queue.
It opens from 5pm – 7:30pm every Thursday just opposite Felton Village Hall.
Back at Woodys Lodge, we tucked into a margherita, my personal favourite though I did add red onions (never done that before, but that’s me being a little adventurous!), we also opted for a spicy veggie pizza. Both were delicious, though I picked the olives off from my slice! I probably would ask for a little more sauce next time but that’s my preference. Price wise, I thought was reasonable and in line with what I know my traders at Alnwick Market’s charge. Our two pizza’s cost around £12.00 but we did get a few extra toppings.
You can visit their website to preview the menu, link above. You can also ring your order through in advance so it’s all ready for you when you get there. Quite a few people seemed to prefer that option, the phone never stopped when we were waiting for ours.
We’d definitely go back and certainly recommend, I only wish they did a garlic bread too!
They also serve soft drinks, tea, coffee and a range of flapjacks and cakes.
We often get asked by our guests on where’s best to go for quick and easy food and not too far from Felmoor Park, so I’m looking forward to visiting a few more and reporting back. Best job I reckon 🙂
If you are looking for a mid week, weekend or week away in Northumberland, why not check out our luxury lodges, we go the extra mile for our guests and the best bit, we are dog friendly too. No need to arrange kennels, bring your doggy on holiday with you.