Month: March 2017

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Golden Delight

Neil and I often take a Sunday afternoon trip out into Northumberland, we live and work on the coast so its nice to take off for a couple of hours inland for a change. Last weekend we headed for the village of Ford.  Its a typical “Northumberland estate village”, beautiful stone houses, with manicured gardens, a Castle, a post office, and a couple of artisan shops, plus the Lady Waterford gallery. Just on the edge of the village is where we wanted to head – to visit The Old Dairy concept store, and take afternoon tea in their fabulous coffee shop – a bit of a contradiction in terms there but you know what I mean. Its an eclectic mix of old furniture, bric a brac, and reclaimation finds, its all for sale, and in the coffee shop, bone china mis-matched cups and saucers, traditional old flatware, and just a total bombardment for the senses, with so much to look at, great food, the aroma of delicious italian coffee, and Keith’s dulcet tones in the background telling …



  If you’re serious about walking or genuinely want to “get away from it all”  then a holiday in & around Alwinton will be ideal for you. The village is located at the head of the Coquet Valley on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills, probably the last largely unexplored area of England. Alwinton is the intersection of a number of ancient drovers roads which linked England and Scotland and is the last village in Upper Coquetdale,  surrounded by rolling hills and is a great starting point for walks or cycling in the Border country.



A small fishing village on the North Northumberland coast, this pretty place is famed for two things, the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle situated about a mile walk along the grassy outcrop above the sea,  and the art of transforming the shiny silver herring to the shimmering gold of the Kipper.   Now a popular holiday destination the village thrives on its visitors.  Those who rent one of the pretty ex-fishing cottages, or boutique style conversions, and stay a while,  or those that visit for the day. Either way  – walk to the castle, wonder a while at the stunning views and the beaches of nearby Embleton Bay with a picnic, or lunch at the Jolly Fisherman with its quaint garden fish and chip shack, Robsons for fish to take home, or Shoreline Cafe for a tasty quick bite lunch inside or out on the deck if its fine. Or, take a look at the view through someone elses eyes – visit Mick Oxley’s art gallery, his images are a master class of colour and vision, …