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The Local Area

The Dale Manor is located in heart of Allendale near Hexham in Northumberland on the market place near all local amenities yet with the privacy and outlook of a home in the country.

The Dale Manor is located in heart of Allendale near Hexham in Northumberland on the market place near all local amenities yet with the privacy and outlook of a home in the country.

The Dale Manor is set in the very centre of the town close to the pubs, cafés, a couple of shops, a big play park with woodland walks, a gift shop and beauty salon, and is perfect for sharing special times together with friends or loved ones. Ideal too for the many walkers and cyclists who love visiting this area with routes available from the door. This is a great location for exploring the North Pennines, Hadrian’s Wall, Hexham, Durham and the Lakes, or travel over to the north of Northumberland to sample the heritage coast with miles of unspoilt beaches for a magical day out. Allendale sits 10 miles south west of Hexham, a small market town with big supermarkets, fortnightly farmers market, an impressive abbey and country park.

Allendale is most famous for the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations, The Tar Barrel Festival, where visitors come from far and wide to watch this old tradition. In the autumn, Allendale has a three-day music festival, The Allendale Folk Fest, the late May bank holiday sees the Allendale May Fair, The Allendale Agricultural Show is in August and visitors will be sure to want to visit the Allendale Brewery with a great selection of real ales.

Allendale has a superb golf course, outdoor tennis courts, and a fly fishery. Sinderhope near Allendale has a pony trekking centre. Outward bound activities, your very own chef, beauty treatments and much more is available to our guests exclusively by arrangement.

Please see below what Allendale, The North Pennines, Hexham and Northumberland can offer you.

Allendale
North Pennines

Website: www.dorbiere.co.uk/the-allendale
Telephone Number: 01434 683246

The Allendale Inn perfectly captures the true and unique charm of a traditional market town tavern. Steeped in character, gather round the roaring fire in the chilly winter months or explore the secluded beer garden in those balmy summer days. A true North East welcome awaits locals and visitors alike.

Whilst there are numerous cafes in Hexham, Corbridge we also have a lovely selection of small independent cafes within in Allendale and further ones in the neighbouring villages of Catton, Allenheads and Whitfield – see the “North Pennines” section.

Allendale Forge Cafe

We serve breakfast all day, have a good selection of jacket potatoes, pennies, salads as well as our daily specials. We service pumphreys coffee and make fresh scones every morning, their are always lots of cakes and sweet treats available. All available to sit in or take away.

  • Open 7 days/week
  • 9-4 winter hours
  • 9-5 summer hours

The Allendale Tearooms

Please just pop across the road to check opening times and what’s on offer. The Tearooms are located just opposite the Manor. A recent change in ownership means that we don’t yet have up to date information.

Website: www.thegoldenlion.net
Tel: 01434 683 225

From catching up with mates to having a formal function or having a quiet coffee with your friends, The Golden Lion caters for all, with a vibrant bar serving bar meals and ‘1839’ restaurant on the first floor for more intimate dining. The property is positioned in the heart of Allendale, a building that has a rich history and is truly an historic part of Allendale Town, we hope to see you soon, a warm welcome awaits.

Website: www.thekingsheadallendale.com
Tel: 01434 683 681

Reputedly the oldest pub in the village, The King’s Head is a traditional country pub that caters for those who prefer a quieter drink. Choose from one of their Cask Marque accredited real ales or maybe a quality malt whisky or speciality gin from their extensive ranges. Food is simple, tasty, and home-cooked using quality ingredients that are sourced locally wherever possible. Groups can be catered for with prior notice and should you have specific requirements, then please don’t hesitate to ask.

Dave and Sarah work hard to provide a warm, cosy and comfortable atmosphere in which everyone can feel at home. They provide a family friendly environment that welcomes those with four legs as well as two. Although small from the front, The King’s head has a big heart and plenty of space. Come along and revel in what a country pub should be whilst enjoying the open log fire.

Sci Fi Museum

The Museum of Classic Sci-Fi’ is a permanent exhibition, nestled in the historic, Northumberland village of Allendale, just off the market place. Visitors will embark upon a nostalgic tour of some of the genre’s most influential imagery and themes. Featuring a substantial and eclectic collection of original screen-used props, costumes and production made artifacts; the museum tells the story of the Science-Fiction genre. In addition, artist Neil Cole has produced unique paintings and sculptures, to enhance the impact of the presentations.

Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 10am-5pm

Admission: Adult £7, under 5-year-old children free and various family packages

We have all the “essentials” in Allendale, but if the below is not what you are looking for, Hexham, 12 miles from Allendale, has a Tesco superstore as well as a Waitrose and lots of wonderful shops on the high street. Hexham Farmers’ Market takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month, from 9am to 2pm.

Allendale Forge

Allendale Forge Studios is a rural hub which houses a gift shop, artists’ studios and an art gallery with monthly exhibitions, as well as small enterprises including physiotherapy and podiatry.

  • Open 7 days a week
  • 10-4 winter months
  • 10-5 summer months

Allendale Pharmacy

Our pharmacy offers prescription services, an abundance of good advice and a wide selection of over the counter treatments and products.

3 Shields Street, Allendale, NE47 9BP

Tel: 01434 683 274

  • Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 09:00 – 12:30    14:00 – 18:30
  • Wed, Sat 09:00 – 12:30
  • Sunday Closed

Allendale Coop

The well-stocked coop caters for special dietary needs, offers fresh fruit and veg, bread baked on site and much more. Firewood, lighters and kindling is also for sale.

Market Place

Tel: 01434 683209

  • Monday – Friday 8.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday 8.30am – 5.15pm
  • Closed on Sundays, Christmas & Boxing & New Year’s Day
  • Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm

 

Allendale Butchers

The locally owned and managed butchers offer a wide range of fresh produce, locally sourced and often seasonally themes (from BBQ packs to Christmas delicacies).

Market Place, Allendale
Tel: 01434 683858

  • Mon-Fri 06:30 – 22:00
  • Sat 08:00 – 18:00
  • Sun 08:00 – 22:00

Allendale Sports Hall (indoors)

Allendale Sports Hall is located in the centre of Allendale on the Primary School site. The Hall, funded with lottery money, was opened in 2005 to provide sporting opportunities both for the pupils of the school and for members of the local community. The building accommodates a spacious activity area some 20m. x 20m in size that can host a variety of sporting activities. These presently include, for example: badminton, short tennis, indoor cricket, netball and 5-a-side football. Two large changing rooms with showers are available and there is a comfortable seated foyer/viewing area which adjoins a well equipped kitchen.

Equipment, such as badminton stands and nets, two trampolines, and gymnastics apparatus can be made available for those hiring the facility. The Sports Hall can be hired in the evenings from 4.30pm until 10 pm, at weekends and for some daytime slots. It is an excellent indoor venue to book for club-based activity, a sports-themed party or for a private hiring for family and friends.

Website: www.allendalesportshall.co.uk

Allendale Sports Club (outdoors)

The club is run by enthusiastic local volunteers who have a passion for sport and facilities include junior & senior football pitches, Tennis & Netball courts and a modern clubhouse with changing facilities and function rooms. The state of the art sports club building is a fantastic space, adjacent to large sports pitches and plenty of off street parking. Internally the building boasts a fully equipped kitchen and a large meeting/function room suitable for use by up to 40 people. Disabled toilets and two spacious changing room complete with toilets and showers. Outside there is a large decked area with picnic tables.

Art groups, yoga and aerobics groups and individuals hosting parties and celebrations regularly use the facilities.

To arrange a visit to view or book this fantastic facility contact Valeria Dunn on 01434 618741.

  • Rate 1 (Meetings, activities and Village organisations) – £10 per hour
  • Rate 2 (Private parties with use of kitchen and field) – £15 for first hour, then £10 for every hour
  • Rate 3 (Field only) – £10 per hour
  • Rate 4(Commercial Organisations) – £20 per hour

Website: www.allendalesportsclub.co.uk
Tel: 01434 618741

Tennis (Outdoors)

Allendale Tennis Club has the best courts in the Tyne Valley at least as far as Corbridge (and not a sound of a train anywhere). We are grateful to our outstanding grounds team who keep everything in top condition. We already have members from Weardale, Alston and Haydon Bridge and welcome members from all adjoining villages well beyond the confines of the Allen Valleys.

The Courts can be hired by non-members and several local tourist accommodation establishments have a membership arrangement for their visitors.

Tel: 01434 618741

Pony Trekking

Enjoy beautiful scenery on horseback at the Sinderhope Pony Trekking Centre. Based on a traditional working hill farm in Northumberland, it is surrounded by miles of beautiful moorland and wildlife is plentiful with many examples of upland birds of Great Britain, such as the black grouse, Red Grouse, Snipe and Lapwing. Various length treks to suit all abilities, riding over moorland and through dales on our cobs and native type ponies are available, riding hats and boots included.

Website: www.sinderhopeponytrekking.co.uk
Tel: 01434 685266

Golf

Allendale Golf Club – the home of Golf in the Wild. The Allendale course is tucked away in the hills, the road south out of Allendale winds up the Allen Valley along the B6295 towards Allenheads, following the course of the East Allen River.  A mile or so south of the town, as the road breaks free from overhanging trees, a sharp left turn is signposted to the club.  The clubhouse sits at 1077 feet above sea level on the west facing side of Green Hill which peaks at 1374 feet. “This course is a great antidote to every new 7,000-yard course being designed for slam-bang hitters – and with the scenery, it’s a perfect place to come and play golf.” John Harrison – coach to Ken Ferrie. If you are lucky – there will be a soft breeze and the turbine will spin gently against a deep blue sky.  Sheep will be grazing on the fells; the lonesome call of the curlew will fill the silent air; a hare will be seen scurrying down the first; the high moors will be lit by a clean bright light and your heart will lift. This is surely golf heaven.

Website: www.allendale-golf.com
Tel: 07005 808246

Visitors booking form: www.brsgolf.com/allendale/visitor_home.php

Cricket

Allendale Cricket Club has very active teams of all ages – why not check the fixtures and see if you want to go down and watch a match, enjoy their regular BBQ’s and summer activities. Only a short walk from the dale Manor.

Website: www.facebook.com/AllendaleCricketClub
Tel: 07965 999802

Allenheads

Allenheads is a village in Northumberland, England, situated in the Pennines to the north of Weardale. Allenheads is situated 8 miles further along the river East Allen from Allendale. Being a former lead mining community, it is widely believed that it would not have existed if it wasn’t for the industry, it being too high for other types of settlement. The village currently hosts The Hemmel (café), Allenheads Contemporary Arts (www.acart.org.uk) The Allenheads Inn and the Heritage Centre. In October 2017 the North Pennines Observatory was opened at the Old School House. There are a number of waymarked trails and paths in and around Allenheads – please ask in the Hemmel Café for details, also for the Geotrail walk that starts in Allenehads and various bike routes.

The Hemmel Café – Allenheads

The Hemmel Cafe prides itself on serving good quality home-made food at very reasonable prices. The Cafe is in the middle of Allenheads and features a well appointed cafe downstairs, complete with wood burning stove, plus a comfortable library & lounge area overlooking the main room. Free wi-fi is available throughout. There is a large, secluded outdoor area, including a play area for the children, which makes it a wonderful “afternoon out” for visitors from the Dale Manor.

The Allenheads Inn

Tel: 01434 685200
The Allenheads Inn was built in 1770 and was the former home of the Beaumont family and is now filled with the hustle and bustle of Cyclists, walkers, shooter, loaders and in the winter months, skiers and folk who love the area of outstanding natural beauty – The North Pennines.  The Allenheads Inn offers fine ales and large helpings of tasty food.

Allendale’s neighbouring village can be reached via a beautiful river track (2 miles, ca. 40 minutes on foot, unsuitable for pushbikes and prams or buggies) and once there, you have to worthy destinations:

Jill’s Catering Tearooms

Folly House, Folly Lane, Catton, Northumberland, NE47 9LT
Tel: 07957 571885
Open:

  • Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 11am – 4pm

Come and enjoy the beautiful view and fabulous homemade food!

The Crown in Catton

The Crown is a small 18th century (with a modern twist!) country pub set in the peaceful village of Catton just outside Allendale Town and has undergone some impressive changes, not least the fabulous window which opens onto the pubs garden. The Pub has without doubt a most impressive view of the Allen Valley. The Crown although quirky offers people the chance to meet, chat, drink and eat in a relaxing atmosphere and on those cooler evenings enjoy our roaring fire. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome! The Cron has recently added an impressive selection of homemade vegan and vegetarian treats. Be sure to check there are open before you set off.

Tel: 01434 618351

The North of England Lead Mining Museum
Near Cowshill
Upper Weardale
County Durham
DL13 1AR

Tel: 01388 537 505

Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines, only 12 miles from Allendale, where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines. Famous for its iconic working waterwheel, the venue offers so much more to do and see, including stunning landscape, captivating art installation, fascinating lead mining history, scenic walks and amazing wildlife. Maybe you’ll spot one of the famous red squirrels. You can also accompany one of the guides on an unforgettable underground mine tour. Killhope offers an amazing day out for the whole family, whether you’re looking for fun or to immerse yourself in history. Explore our woodland and visit the revamped Killhope shop and refurbished café to complete a grand day out.

Whatever the weather, you’ll always get a warm welcome at Killhope!

Langley is only but a small village but boasts two attractions:

Langley Dam Fishery

Tel:07761 705 014

Over the last 30 years Langley Dam has become one of the North East’s premier fly fisheries. Langley consistently offers some of the best trout fly fishing in Northumberland, just 4 miles from Allendale, it offers great value sport with predominantly rainbow trout and a mix of brown, blue and tiger trout. Stock fish are from 1½ to 6lbs, with bigger fish from 10lbs to 18lbs stocked regularly. There are 5 boats available for hire and ample room for both bank fishing and wading. Please contact 07761705014 to book a boat or find out more.

Langley Castle

Langley Castle Hotel is a 14th Century fortified castle and provides the perfect setting to enjoy morning coffee, light snacks, afternoon tea and evening dinner all prepared to the highest standard and served with the famous Langley Castle charm and warmth in this impressive setting.

Another of our neighbouring villages is Whitfield, a 10 minute drive or – much more impressive – an 18 kilometre circular route:

This route takes you from Allendale Town past Allen Mill and through the nearby village of Catton before crossing the valley of the River East Allen to Whitfield. The walk then returns to Allendale along Isaac’s Tea Trail. The route includes riverside walking and takes you through pleasant farmland and scenic wooded valleys. The Allendale landscape has been shaped by a long history of farming, estate management and minerals extraction. The route can be boggy and at times hard to follow – please be sure you have an OS map of the area and – most importantly – are a competent navigator with suitable footwear.

In Whitfield you will find two lovely destinations:

The Elk’s Head pub

Upon arrival, you will be offered a choice of seating, within our bar area or within our river facing restaurant. Please note that if you are bringing a dog we only allow them within the bar area. Alongside the Elk’s regular menu, they also provide a daily special board. On Sunday, they provide a set menu, this changes weekly but always contains; Sunday, a vegetarian option and a fish option. The Elk’s Head has a wide selection of good quality wine and are also offering local real ales. Please book ahead with a large group to avoid disappointment: 01434 345282.

The Village Pantry

A small tearoom and shop in Whitfield with a fantastic full English Breakfast and lovely selection of homemade cakes, scones and so much more. Call 01434 345709 to ensure they are open.

Hexham
Northumberland

8-9 Market Place
Hexham
NE46 1XF
Website: www.forumhexham.com
Tel: 01434 601144

The Forum Cinema occupies a central position in the heart of Hexham, overlooking the historic Market Place. It first opened its doors to the public on 23rd August 1937, a splendid Art Deco venue to replace the old Gem Palace cinema which had occupied the same site since 1910.

Quiz night

  • On the 2nd Friday of every month, they hold their regular Quiz Night!
  • Only £1 per person – no pre-booking, just pay on the night.
  • Teams up to a maximum of 5
  • Arrive at 7:30pm before a 7:45pm start. Tables in Scott’s are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids Club

Every Saturday morning at Kids’ Club the cinema screen a family-friendly film, ranging from Disney classics to contemporary releases. All tickets are only £3.50. The film usually starts at 11:30am, but please check on the Forum’s website for choices and times.

Website: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

Hexham Abbey is a leading historical attraction and Grade I listed place of Christian worship dedicated to St Andrew, in the town of Hexham, 12 miles or a mere 15-minute drive from Allendale. Originally built in AD 674, the Abbey was built up during the 12th century into its current form, with additions around the turn of the 20th century. In 2014 the Abbey regained ownership of its former monastic buildings and subsequently developed them into a permanent exhibition and visitor centre, telling the story of the Abbey’s history. There is also a Refectory Café and gift shop, catering to over 100,000 visitors each year.

Website: www.hexham-racecourse.co.uk

A Day at Hexham Races – A warm and friendly welcome always awaits at the only racecourse in Northumberland and one of the most scenic in the country. Situated 600 feet above Hexham the steeplechase course hosts 15 race meetings in 2019. The season runs from spring to autumn with several weekends, bank holiday fixtures and popular evening meetings. A full list of the meetings can be found on the racecourse website.

The Abbey Grounds and Sele Park

…range from formal gardens featuring a pretty, traditional bandstand to woodland walks and the open grassy expanse of the Sele. Mature trees are present throughout providing shade in the summer, an explosion of colour in the autumn and the perfect frames for magical Christmas lights in the festive season. The park and gardens also feature a skate park, children’s play area, and public toilets. The neighbouring Hexham House Bowling Club within Hexham House Grounds is also very pretty and open to the public. All this, right in the heart of the town centre itself. An ideal place to relax with a picnic or enjoy a gentle stroll.

Tyne Green Park

…. set on the banks of the River Tyne and just 15 minutes walk from the town centre, this country park offers easily accessible walking and cycling routes west along the river to Warden and beyond, as well as space for picnics and BBQs. The park features an avenue of beautiful mature trees and lovely views of the 18th Century bridge and River Tyne. There is a free public car park, children’s play area and public toilets. Also the home of Tynedale Golf Club, with its Cafe located in the clubhouse. Come in mid-Autumn and see salmon leaping up the Tyne.

Website: www.queenshall.co.uk

The Queen’s Hall is a magnificent early Victorian building which faces Hexham Abbey (dating from 674AD). Queen’s Hall Arts Centre boasts a 350-seat theatre and two galleries all managed by Queens Hall Arts.

For more information on performances, exhibitions, opening times, the café and library, please visit:
https://www.queenshall.co.uk/whats-on

Our favourites are:

The Beaumont

Beaumont Street
Hexham
NE46 3LT
Tel: 01434 602331
Website: www.thebeaumonthexham.co.uk/eat

The Beaumont is an independent Victorian townhouse hotel in the centre of Hexham, with stunning views of the 6th century Abbey. Dine on local seasonal produce in the restaurant or enjoy a drink at the bar with the open kitchen and the Victorian Sele park as a backdrop.

Bouchon

4-6 Gilesgate
Hexham
NE46 3NJ

Tel: 01434 609943
Website: www.bouchonbistrot.co.uk

Winner of the Best European Restaurant honour at the North East Restaurant Awards and conveniently situated close to the Market Square on Gilesgate, Bouchon Bistrot serves straightforward country style French cuisine, including daily specials in the evening. Born in the Loire Valley and having plenty of experience from working in Michelin starred restaurants throughout France, the owner of Bouchon Bistrot is an expert when it comes to traditional country cooking in France.

The Heart of Northumberland

5 Market Street
Hexham
NE46 3NS

Tel:01434 608013
Website: www.thehearthexham.com

Recently renovated, this historic pub has been given a breath of life after a major refurbishment to get this stunning, Grade II listed, semi-derelict pub back open after being closed for years. It’s a place to relax, socialise and celebrate with your friends and family and there is something for everyone including the dog. Food is fit for all occasions and appetites. Emphasis is on locally sourced produce and Northumbrian tradition. Light bites, hearty wholesome pub grub, bar snacks, kids meals and a Sunday roast to rival home!

Vercelli Italian Restaurant

36-38 Priestpopple
Hexham
NE46 1PQ

Tel: 01434 603350
Website: www.vercelli.co.uk

Vercelli Restaurant is a family run business in the heart of the busy Northumberland market town of Hexham. Upon arrival at Vercelli you will find a modern restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Front of house manager Sue and her enthusiastic team, work hard with the aim of giving you an enjoyable dining experience. Jordan and the kitchen team pride themselves on delivering classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist, using the best local produce and finest Italian provisions.

Wentworth Leisure Centre
Wentworth Park
Hexham
NE46 3PD
Tel: 01670 620 200

Swimming Opening Times:

  • Monday to Thursday 6.30am – 10.00pm
  • Friday 6.30am – 10.00pm
  • Saturday 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • Sunday 8.00am – 10.00pm

Tenpin Bowling – Call 01434 611754

  • Monday – Friday – 9.30am – 9.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – 9.00am – 6.00pm

Jungle Jacks Soft Play – Call 01670 629307

  • Mon-Fri – 9.30am – 6.00pm
  • Sat & Sun – 9.00am – 12.00pm

Alnwick Gardens website: www.alnwickgarden.com
Alnwick Castle website: www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick is a market town in north Northumberland, 60 miles from Allendale, yet a worthwhile destination for a lovely summer’s day trip! Alnwick is near wonderful, long & sandy beaches and boasts the famous Harry Potter Castle as well as the magnificent Alnwick Gardens. Find out more about special events in the Castle and Gardens on the links above.

Feel the sand beneath your feet and the refreshing sea breeze in your hair with a visit to Northumberland’s magnificent coastline.

With more than 30 miles of beaches the Northumberland Coast is simply spectacular.  Promenade along piers, play at penny arcades and tuck into fish and chips whilst enjoying the sea view at retro-chic seaside towns such as Seahouses. Visit Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, a seaside village making artistic waves with The Couples, Britain’s first permanent coastal sculpture.  Discover picturesque fishing communities, clustered around sandy coves, like Newton-by-the-Sea.

Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England.  Many of these castles, including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, stand guard along our dramatic coast. Drive across the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the birthplace of the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels. Channel your inner David Attenborough with a visit to one of Northumberland’s amazing coastal nature reserves like the Farne Islands, Coquet Island and Druridge Bay.

The Dale Manor particularly recommends a visit to Warkworth (castle and beach) and Craster (fishing village & seafood) as two fantastic destinations along the coastline.

Website: www.beamish.org.uk

Beamish is a world famous open-air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s.

The museum features a 1900’s town, pit village, underground exploration of an old mine, 1940’s farm and much more. Every month hosts special events – you can find out more on their website, including ticket prices, opening hours and events.

Hadrian’s Wall is one of England’s greatest landmarks and leaves a lasting impression on any who visit, including writer George RR Martin who used it as inspiration for his own Wall in the bestselling books and hit TV series, Game of Thrones.

The best-preserved frontier of the Roman Empire and the nation’s finest Roman monument: great stretches of the Wall remain intact in Northumberland.

But this Roman megastructure is not just an isolated ruin. The Wall and surrounding countryside here is scattered with milecastles, temples and Roman forts such as Housesteads, Vindolanda and Epiacum.

There are archaeological sites and museums along the Wall telling the epic story of Rome’s rise and fall. Take to the stunning landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country by foot or bike and enjoy dramatic views unchanged since Roman times.

As well as its Roman treasures, Hadrian’s Wall Country has a wealth of non-Roman finds to explore too.  Take a walk west from Housesteads Crag to Sycamore Gap to see both the highest remains of the Wall and the solitary tree immortalised in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Find out about:

Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland’s best attractions. It is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more.
Kielder Water & Forest Park features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks. The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water.

A haven for wildlife, Kielder Water & Forest Park is also home to around 50% of England’s native red squirrel population. In 2009 three chicks were born to a record breaking osprey couple – the first birds for at least 200 years to successfully raise chicks in Northumberland. So far they have returned to breed every year since. You can also spot see a range of rare wildlife including the Kielder Super Six: osprey, red squirrel, pipistrelle bat, roe deer, salmon and otter.

Waterskiing and sailing enthusiasts take to the water all year round and the lake offers a huge challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.

You can discover all you need to know about Kielder Water & Forest Park including its history at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre, art gallery and exhibitions.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

There’s so much to pack into your trip it is impossible to see all of the Park in a day but here are your top must sees – the attractions that are too good to miss. Pick and choose whichever fit your timings best! Don’t forget to check opening times for the attractions below before you set off.

Kielder Observatory

Throughout the year there are events on at the Observatory – check www.kielderobservatory.org for details. When there are no events on, visitors are still welcome to visit the Observatory and walk around the decking but the interior facilities will be closed.

Osprey Ferry

The ideal way to see Kielder Water in style. Always check the ferry timetable before setting out. You can board the ferry at Kielder Waterside or Tower Knowe Visitor Centre.

Lakeside Way

Choose a section to walk, run cycle or ride. There are downloadable Trails Guide for routes.

Kielder Castle

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1ER
Tel: 01434 250209

Kids especially will love the Minotaur maze.

Kielder Waterside

Great for a spot of lunch at the Boat Inn restaurant and bar. There’s also a heated pool.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1BX
Tel: 01434 240 436

An interactive new exhibition about the history of Kielder Water and everything there is to do in the Park now.

Red squirrel hide

You’re almost guaranteed to see a red squirrel – one of the last remaining strongholds in England.

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty offers a number of fabulous places to visit in Northumberland. Our favourites are:

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Walking in Staward Gorge

Bardon Mill,
Tel: 01434 321888
Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland (8 miles from Allendale)

With its deep gorge, created by the River Allen, and the largest area of ancient semi-natural woodland in Northumberland, this 250-hectare (617-acre) site provides the perfect setting for an adventure. Largely created by Susan Davidson, Allen Banks has become a fantastic home for flora, fauna and fungi. It is also well known for its carpet of bluebells and ramsons, commonly known as wild garlic, which covers the woodland floor in spring and early summer.

Since the storm damage in 2016, parts are still inaccessible, however there are still woodland walks aplenty and with over 70 species of birds spotted at Allen Banks as well as a wide range of wildlife such as red squirrels, you are never alone.

Wallington

Child playing at Wallington

Morpeth
Tel:01670 773600

Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. (29 miles from Allendale)

Gifted to you by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, Socialist MP and ‘illogical Englishman’, our 13,000-acre estate has something for everyone. Visit the impressive home of Sir Charles and discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family. You can explore the history of Northumberland in huge pre-Raphaelite paintings around the Central Hall or take time to discover the beautiful furniture, treasured collections and quirky curiosities in each room. The Trevelyans loved being outdoors and close to nature. The house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, just waiting to be explored.

Gibside

Lake at Gibside

Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 01207 541820

A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past (33 miles from Allendale)

Gibside is one of a few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments. The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes.

Here, you can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life within 243 hectares (600 acres) of gardens, woodland, and countryside – perfect for wildlife spotting. Highlights include a Neo-classical chapel, restored stable block and grand ruin.
Discover fine Derwent Valley views, winding paths and refreshing open spaces. Escape along the avenue and around the gardens for miles of tranquil walks and picnic spots or enjoy family fun at Strawberry Castle play area.

Cragside

Cragside Hall

Morpeth
Tel: 01669 620333

Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens, and woodland – the wonder of its age (42 miles from Allendale)

Enter the world of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator, and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age. Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. Children will love our adventure play area and exploring Nelly’s Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.

Allendale

Website: www.dorbiere.co.uk/the-allendale
Telephone Number: 01434 683246

The Allendale Inn perfectly captures the true and unique charm of a traditional market town tavern. Steeped in character, gather round the roaring fire in the chilly winter months or explore the secluded beer garden in those balmy summer days. A true North East welcome awaits locals and visitors alike.

Whilst there are numerous cafes in Hexham, Corbridge we also have a lovely selection of small independent cafes within in Allendale and further ones in the neighbouring villages of Catton, Allenheads and Whitfield – see the “North Pennines” section.

Allendale Forge Cafe

We serve breakfast all day, have a good selection of jacket potatoes, pennies, salads as well as our daily specials. We service pumphreys coffee and make fresh scones every morning, their are always lots of cakes and sweet treats available. All available to sit in or take away.

  • Open 7 days/week
  • 9-4 winter hours
  • 9-5 summer hours

The Allendale Tearooms

Please just pop across the road to check opening times and what’s on offer. The Tearooms are located just opposite the Manor. A recent change in ownership means that we don’t yet have up to date information.

Website: www.thegoldenlion.net
Tel: 01434 683 225

From catching up with mates to having a formal function or having a quiet coffee with your friends, The Golden Lion caters for all, with a vibrant bar serving bar meals and ‘1839’ restaurant on the first floor for more intimate dining. The property is positioned in the heart of Allendale, a building that has a rich history and is truly an historic part of Allendale Town, we hope to see you soon, a warm welcome awaits.

Website: www.thekingsheadallendale.com
Tel: 01434 683 681

Reputedly the oldest pub in the village, The King’s Head is a traditional country pub that caters for those who prefer a quieter drink. Choose from one of their Cask Marque accredited real ales or maybe a quality malt whisky or speciality gin from their extensive ranges. Food is simple, tasty, and home-cooked using quality ingredients that are sourced locally wherever possible. Groups can be catered for with prior notice and should you have specific requirements, then please don’t hesitate to ask.

Dave and Sarah work hard to provide a warm, cosy and comfortable atmosphere in which everyone can feel at home. They provide a family friendly environment that welcomes those with four legs as well as two. Although small from the front, The King’s head has a big heart and plenty of space. Come along and revel in what a country pub should be whilst enjoying the open log fire.

Sci Fi Museum

The Museum of Classic Sci-Fi’ is a permanent exhibition, nestled in the historic, Northumberland village of Allendale, just off the market place. Visitors will embark upon a nostalgic tour of some of the genre’s most influential imagery and themes. Featuring a substantial and eclectic collection of original screen-used props, costumes and production made artifacts; the museum tells the story of the Science-Fiction genre. In addition, artist Neil Cole has produced unique paintings and sculptures, to enhance the impact of the presentations.

Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 10am-5pm

Admission: Adult £7, under 5-year-old children free and various family packages

We have all the “essentials” in Allendale, but if the below is not what you are looking for, Hexham, 12 miles from Allendale, has a Tesco superstore as well as a Waitrose and lots of wonderful shops on the high street. Hexham Farmers’ Market takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month, from 9am to 2pm.

Allendale Forge

Allendale Forge Studios is a rural hub which houses a gift shop, artists’ studios and an art gallery with monthly exhibitions, as well as small enterprises including physiotherapy and podiatry.

  • Open 7 days a week
  • 10-4 winter months
  • 10-5 summer months

Allendale Pharmacy

Our pharmacy offers prescription services, an abundance of good advice and a wide selection of over the counter treatments and products.

3 Shields Street, Allendale, NE47 9BP

Tel: 01434 683 274

  • Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 09:00 – 12:30    14:00 – 18:30
  • Wed, Sat 09:00 – 12:30
  • Sunday Closed

Allendale Coop

The well-stocked coop caters for special dietary needs, offers fresh fruit and veg, bread baked on site and much more. Firewood, lighters and kindling is also for sale.

Market Place

Tel: 01434 683209

  • Monday – Friday 8.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday 8.30am – 5.15pm
  • Closed on Sundays, Christmas & Boxing & New Year’s Day
  • Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm

 

Allendale Butchers

The locally owned and managed butchers offer a wide range of fresh produce, locally sourced and often seasonally themes (from BBQ packs to Christmas delicacies).

Market Place, Allendale
Tel: 01434 683858

  • Mon-Fri 06:30 – 22:00
  • Sat 08:00 – 18:00
  • Sun 08:00 – 22:00

Allendale Sports Hall (indoors)

Allendale Sports Hall is located in the centre of Allendale on the Primary School site. The Hall, funded with lottery money, was opened in 2005 to provide sporting opportunities both for the pupils of the school and for members of the local community. The building accommodates a spacious activity area some 20m. x 20m in size that can host a variety of sporting activities. These presently include, for example: badminton, short tennis, indoor cricket, netball and 5-a-side football. Two large changing rooms with showers are available and there is a comfortable seated foyer/viewing area which adjoins a well equipped kitchen.

Equipment, such as badminton stands and nets, two trampolines, and gymnastics apparatus can be made available for those hiring the facility. The Sports Hall can be hired in the evenings from 4.30pm until 10 pm, at weekends and for some daytime slots. It is an excellent indoor venue to book for club-based activity, a sports-themed party or for a private hiring for family and friends.

Website: www.allendalesportshall.co.uk

Allendale Sports Club (outdoors)

The club is run by enthusiastic local volunteers who have a passion for sport and facilities include junior & senior football pitches, Tennis & Netball courts and a modern clubhouse with changing facilities and function rooms. The state of the art sports club building is a fantastic space, adjacent to large sports pitches and plenty of off street parking. Internally the building boasts a fully equipped kitchen and a large meeting/function room suitable for use by up to 40 people. Disabled toilets and two spacious changing room complete with toilets and showers. Outside there is a large decked area with picnic tables.

Art groups, yoga and aerobics groups and individuals hosting parties and celebrations regularly use the facilities.

To arrange a visit to view or book this fantastic facility contact Valeria Dunn on 01434 618741.

  • Rate 1 (Meetings, activities and Village organisations) – £10 per hour
  • Rate 2 (Private parties with use of kitchen and field) – £15 for first hour, then £10 for every hour
  • Rate 3 (Field only) – £10 per hour
  • Rate 4(Commercial Organisations) – £20 per hour

Website: www.allendalesportsclub.co.uk
Tel: 01434 618741

Tennis (Outdoors)

Allendale Tennis Club has the best courts in the Tyne Valley at least as far as Corbridge (and not a sound of a train anywhere). We are grateful to our outstanding grounds team who keep everything in top condition. We already have members from Weardale, Alston and Haydon Bridge and welcome members from all adjoining villages well beyond the confines of the Allen Valleys.

The Courts can be hired by non-members and several local tourist accommodation establishments have a membership arrangement for their visitors.

Tel: 01434 618741

Pony Trekking

Enjoy beautiful scenery on horseback at the Sinderhope Pony Trekking Centre. Based on a traditional working hill farm in Northumberland, it is surrounded by miles of beautiful moorland and wildlife is plentiful with many examples of upland birds of Great Britain, such as the black grouse, Red Grouse, Snipe and Lapwing. Various length treks to suit all abilities, riding over moorland and through dales on our cobs and native type ponies are available, riding hats and boots included.

Website: www.sinderhopeponytrekking.co.uk
Tel: 01434 685266

Golf

Allendale Golf Club – the home of Golf in the Wild. The Allendale course is tucked away in the hills, the road south out of Allendale winds up the Allen Valley along the B6295 towards Allenheads, following the course of the East Allen River.  A mile or so south of the town, as the road breaks free from overhanging trees, a sharp left turn is signposted to the club.  The clubhouse sits at 1077 feet above sea level on the west facing side of Green Hill which peaks at 1374 feet. “This course is a great antidote to every new 7,000-yard course being designed for slam-bang hitters – and with the scenery, it’s a perfect place to come and play golf.” John Harrison – coach to Ken Ferrie. If you are lucky – there will be a soft breeze and the turbine will spin gently against a deep blue sky.  Sheep will be grazing on the fells; the lonesome call of the curlew will fill the silent air; a hare will be seen scurrying down the first; the high moors will be lit by a clean bright light and your heart will lift. This is surely golf heaven.

Website: www.allendale-golf.com
Tel: 07005 808246

Visitors booking form: www.brsgolf.com/allendale/visitor_home.php

Cricket

Allendale Cricket Club has very active teams of all ages – why not check the fixtures and see if you want to go down and watch a match, enjoy their regular BBQ’s and summer activities. Only a short walk from the dale Manor.

Website: www.facebook.com/AllendaleCricketClub
Tel: 07965 999802

North Pennines

Allenheads

Allenheads is a village in Northumberland, England, situated in the Pennines to the north of Weardale. Allenheads is situated 8 miles further along the river East Allen from Allendale. Being a former lead mining community, it is widely believed that it would not have existed if it wasn’t for the industry, it being too high for other types of settlement. The village currently hosts The Hemmel (café), Allenheads Contemporary Arts (www.acart.org.uk) The Allenheads Inn and the Heritage Centre. In October 2017 the North Pennines Observatory was opened at the Old School House. There are a number of waymarked trails and paths in and around Allenheads – please ask in the Hemmel Café for details, also for the Geotrail walk that starts in Allenehads and various bike routes.

The Hemmel Café – Allenheads

The Hemmel Cafe prides itself on serving good quality home-made food at very reasonable prices. The Cafe is in the middle of Allenheads and features a well appointed cafe downstairs, complete with wood burning stove, plus a comfortable library & lounge area overlooking the main room. Free wi-fi is available throughout. There is a large, secluded outdoor area, including a play area for the children, which makes it a wonderful “afternoon out” for visitors from the Dale Manor.

The Allenheads Inn

Tel: 01434 685200
The Allenheads Inn was built in 1770 and was the former home of the Beaumont family and is now filled with the hustle and bustle of Cyclists, walkers, shooter, loaders and in the winter months, skiers and folk who love the area of outstanding natural beauty – The North Pennines.  The Allenheads Inn offers fine ales and large helpings of tasty food.

Allendale’s neighbouring village can be reached via a beautiful river track (2 miles, ca. 40 minutes on foot, unsuitable for pushbikes and prams or buggies) and once there, you have to worthy destinations:

Jill’s Catering Tearooms

Folly House, Folly Lane, Catton, Northumberland, NE47 9LT
Tel: 07957 571885
Open:

  • Friday 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 11am – 4pm

Come and enjoy the beautiful view and fabulous homemade food!

The Crown in Catton

The Crown is a small 18th century (with a modern twist!) country pub set in the peaceful village of Catton just outside Allendale Town and has undergone some impressive changes, not least the fabulous window which opens onto the pubs garden. The Pub has without doubt a most impressive view of the Allen Valley. The Crown although quirky offers people the chance to meet, chat, drink and eat in a relaxing atmosphere and on those cooler evenings enjoy our roaring fire. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome! The Cron has recently added an impressive selection of homemade vegan and vegetarian treats. Be sure to check there are open before you set off.

Tel: 01434 618351

The North of England Lead Mining Museum
Near Cowshill
Upper Weardale
County Durham
DL13 1AR

Tel: 01388 537 505

Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum in the centre of the North Pennines, only 12 miles from Allendale, where you can experience the life and work of the lead mining families of the North Pennines. Famous for its iconic working waterwheel, the venue offers so much more to do and see, including stunning landscape, captivating art installation, fascinating lead mining history, scenic walks and amazing wildlife. Maybe you’ll spot one of the famous red squirrels. You can also accompany one of the guides on an unforgettable underground mine tour. Killhope offers an amazing day out for the whole family, whether you’re looking for fun or to immerse yourself in history. Explore our woodland and visit the revamped Killhope shop and refurbished café to complete a grand day out.

Whatever the weather, you’ll always get a warm welcome at Killhope!

Langley is only but a small village but boasts two attractions:

Langley Dam Fishery

Tel:07761 705 014

Over the last 30 years Langley Dam has become one of the North East’s premier fly fisheries. Langley consistently offers some of the best trout fly fishing in Northumberland, just 4 miles from Allendale, it offers great value sport with predominantly rainbow trout and a mix of brown, blue and tiger trout. Stock fish are from 1½ to 6lbs, with bigger fish from 10lbs to 18lbs stocked regularly. There are 5 boats available for hire and ample room for both bank fishing and wading. Please contact 07761705014 to book a boat or find out more.

Langley Castle

Langley Castle Hotel is a 14th Century fortified castle and provides the perfect setting to enjoy morning coffee, light snacks, afternoon tea and evening dinner all prepared to the highest standard and served with the famous Langley Castle charm and warmth in this impressive setting.

Another of our neighbouring villages is Whitfield, a 10 minute drive or – much more impressive – an 18 kilometre circular route:

This route takes you from Allendale Town past Allen Mill and through the nearby village of Catton before crossing the valley of the River East Allen to Whitfield. The walk then returns to Allendale along Isaac’s Tea Trail. The route includes riverside walking and takes you through pleasant farmland and scenic wooded valleys. The Allendale landscape has been shaped by a long history of farming, estate management and minerals extraction. The route can be boggy and at times hard to follow – please be sure you have an OS map of the area and – most importantly – are a competent navigator with suitable footwear.

In Whitfield you will find two lovely destinations:

The Elk’s Head pub

Upon arrival, you will be offered a choice of seating, within our bar area or within our river facing restaurant. Please note that if you are bringing a dog we only allow them within the bar area. Alongside the Elk’s regular menu, they also provide a daily special board. On Sunday, they provide a set menu, this changes weekly but always contains; Sunday, a vegetarian option and a fish option. The Elk’s Head has a wide selection of good quality wine and are also offering local real ales. Please book ahead with a large group to avoid disappointment: 01434 345282.

The Village Pantry

A small tearoom and shop in Whitfield with a fantastic full English Breakfast and lovely selection of homemade cakes, scones and so much more. Call 01434 345709 to ensure they are open.

Hexham

8-9 Market Place
Hexham
NE46 1XF
Website: www.forumhexham.com
Tel: 01434 601144

The Forum Cinema occupies a central position in the heart of Hexham, overlooking the historic Market Place. It first opened its doors to the public on 23rd August 1937, a splendid Art Deco venue to replace the old Gem Palace cinema which had occupied the same site since 1910.

Quiz night

  • On the 2nd Friday of every month, they hold their regular Quiz Night!
  • Only £1 per person – no pre-booking, just pay on the night.
  • Teams up to a maximum of 5
  • Arrive at 7:30pm before a 7:45pm start. Tables in Scott’s are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids Club

Every Saturday morning at Kids’ Club the cinema screen a family-friendly film, ranging from Disney classics to contemporary releases. All tickets are only £3.50. The film usually starts at 11:30am, but please check on the Forum’s website for choices and times.

Website: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

Hexham Abbey is a leading historical attraction and Grade I listed place of Christian worship dedicated to St Andrew, in the town of Hexham, 12 miles or a mere 15-minute drive from Allendale. Originally built in AD 674, the Abbey was built up during the 12th century into its current form, with additions around the turn of the 20th century. In 2014 the Abbey regained ownership of its former monastic buildings and subsequently developed them into a permanent exhibition and visitor centre, telling the story of the Abbey’s history. There is also a Refectory Café and gift shop, catering to over 100,000 visitors each year.

Website: www.hexham-racecourse.co.uk

A Day at Hexham Races – A warm and friendly welcome always awaits at the only racecourse in Northumberland and one of the most scenic in the country. Situated 600 feet above Hexham the steeplechase course hosts 15 race meetings in 2019. The season runs from spring to autumn with several weekends, bank holiday fixtures and popular evening meetings. A full list of the meetings can be found on the racecourse website.

The Abbey Grounds and Sele Park

…range from formal gardens featuring a pretty, traditional bandstand to woodland walks and the open grassy expanse of the Sele. Mature trees are present throughout providing shade in the summer, an explosion of colour in the autumn and the perfect frames for magical Christmas lights in the festive season. The park and gardens also feature a skate park, children’s play area, and public toilets. The neighbouring Hexham House Bowling Club within Hexham House Grounds is also very pretty and open to the public. All this, right in the heart of the town centre itself. An ideal place to relax with a picnic or enjoy a gentle stroll.

Tyne Green Park

…. set on the banks of the River Tyne and just 15 minutes walk from the town centre, this country park offers easily accessible walking and cycling routes west along the river to Warden and beyond, as well as space for picnics and BBQs. The park features an avenue of beautiful mature trees and lovely views of the 18th Century bridge and River Tyne. There is a free public car park, children’s play area and public toilets. Also the home of Tynedale Golf Club, with its Cafe located in the clubhouse. Come in mid-Autumn and see salmon leaping up the Tyne.

Website: www.queenshall.co.uk

The Queen’s Hall is a magnificent early Victorian building which faces Hexham Abbey (dating from 674AD). Queen’s Hall Arts Centre boasts a 350-seat theatre and two galleries all managed by Queens Hall Arts.

For more information on performances, exhibitions, opening times, the café and library, please visit:
https://www.queenshall.co.uk/whats-on

Our favourites are:

The Beaumont

Beaumont Street
Hexham
NE46 3LT
Tel: 01434 602331
Website: www.thebeaumonthexham.co.uk/eat

The Beaumont is an independent Victorian townhouse hotel in the centre of Hexham, with stunning views of the 6th century Abbey. Dine on local seasonal produce in the restaurant or enjoy a drink at the bar with the open kitchen and the Victorian Sele park as a backdrop.

Bouchon

4-6 Gilesgate
Hexham
NE46 3NJ

Tel: 01434 609943
Website: www.bouchonbistrot.co.uk

Winner of the Best European Restaurant honour at the North East Restaurant Awards and conveniently situated close to the Market Square on Gilesgate, Bouchon Bistrot serves straightforward country style French cuisine, including daily specials in the evening. Born in the Loire Valley and having plenty of experience from working in Michelin starred restaurants throughout France, the owner of Bouchon Bistrot is an expert when it comes to traditional country cooking in France.

The Heart of Northumberland

5 Market Street
Hexham
NE46 3NS

Tel:01434 608013
Website: www.thehearthexham.com

Recently renovated, this historic pub has been given a breath of life after a major refurbishment to get this stunning, Grade II listed, semi-derelict pub back open after being closed for years. It’s a place to relax, socialise and celebrate with your friends and family and there is something for everyone including the dog. Food is fit for all occasions and appetites. Emphasis is on locally sourced produce and Northumbrian tradition. Light bites, hearty wholesome pub grub, bar snacks, kids meals and a Sunday roast to rival home!

Vercelli Italian Restaurant

36-38 Priestpopple
Hexham
NE46 1PQ

Tel: 01434 603350
Website: www.vercelli.co.uk

Vercelli Restaurant is a family run business in the heart of the busy Northumberland market town of Hexham. Upon arrival at Vercelli you will find a modern restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Front of house manager Sue and her enthusiastic team, work hard with the aim of giving you an enjoyable dining experience. Jordan and the kitchen team pride themselves on delivering classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist, using the best local produce and finest Italian provisions.

Wentworth Leisure Centre
Wentworth Park
Hexham
NE46 3PD
Tel: 01670 620 200

Swimming Opening Times:

  • Monday to Thursday 6.30am – 10.00pm
  • Friday 6.30am – 10.00pm
  • Saturday 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • Sunday 8.00am – 10.00pm

Tenpin Bowling – Call 01434 611754

  • Monday – Friday – 9.30am – 9.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – 9.00am – 6.00pm

Jungle Jacks Soft Play – Call 01670 629307

  • Mon-Fri – 9.30am – 6.00pm
  • Sat & Sun – 9.00am – 12.00pm
Northumberland

Alnwick Gardens website: www.alnwickgarden.com
Alnwick Castle website: www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick is a market town in north Northumberland, 60 miles from Allendale, yet a worthwhile destination for a lovely summer’s day trip! Alnwick is near wonderful, long & sandy beaches and boasts the famous Harry Potter Castle as well as the magnificent Alnwick Gardens. Find out more about special events in the Castle and Gardens on the links above.

Feel the sand beneath your feet and the refreshing sea breeze in your hair with a visit to Northumberland’s magnificent coastline.

With more than 30 miles of beaches the Northumberland Coast is simply spectacular.  Promenade along piers, play at penny arcades and tuck into fish and chips whilst enjoying the sea view at retro-chic seaside towns such as Seahouses. Visit Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, a seaside village making artistic waves with The Couples, Britain’s first permanent coastal sculpture.  Discover picturesque fishing communities, clustered around sandy coves, like Newton-by-the-Sea.

Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England.  Many of these castles, including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, stand guard along our dramatic coast. Drive across the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the birthplace of the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels. Channel your inner David Attenborough with a visit to one of Northumberland’s amazing coastal nature reserves like the Farne Islands, Coquet Island and Druridge Bay.

The Dale Manor particularly recommends a visit to Warkworth (castle and beach) and Craster (fishing village & seafood) as two fantastic destinations along the coastline.

Website: www.beamish.org.uk

Beamish is a world famous open-air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s.

The museum features a 1900’s town, pit village, underground exploration of an old mine, 1940’s farm and much more. Every month hosts special events – you can find out more on their website, including ticket prices, opening hours and events.

Hadrian’s Wall is one of England’s greatest landmarks and leaves a lasting impression on any who visit, including writer George RR Martin who used it as inspiration for his own Wall in the bestselling books and hit TV series, Game of Thrones.

The best-preserved frontier of the Roman Empire and the nation’s finest Roman monument: great stretches of the Wall remain intact in Northumberland.

But this Roman megastructure is not just an isolated ruin. The Wall and surrounding countryside here is scattered with milecastles, temples and Roman forts such as Housesteads, Vindolanda and Epiacum.

There are archaeological sites and museums along the Wall telling the epic story of Rome’s rise and fall. Take to the stunning landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country by foot or bike and enjoy dramatic views unchanged since Roman times.

As well as its Roman treasures, Hadrian’s Wall Country has a wealth of non-Roman finds to explore too.  Take a walk west from Housesteads Crag to Sycamore Gap to see both the highest remains of the Wall and the solitary tree immortalised in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Find out about:

Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland’s best attractions. It is perfect for individuals or families that love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more.
Kielder Water & Forest Park features mile upon mile of purpose-built trails including forest walks for all the family and dedicated mountain bike tracks. The Lakeside Way is a 26 mile multi-user trail, suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, that encircles the shoreline of Kielder Water.

A haven for wildlife, Kielder Water & Forest Park is also home to around 50% of England’s native red squirrel population. In 2009 three chicks were born to a record breaking osprey couple – the first birds for at least 200 years to successfully raise chicks in Northumberland. So far they have returned to breed every year since. You can also spot see a range of rare wildlife including the Kielder Super Six: osprey, red squirrel, pipistrelle bat, roe deer, salmon and otter.

Waterskiing and sailing enthusiasts take to the water all year round and the lake offers a huge challenge to keen trout anglers between March and October.

You can discover all you need to know about Kielder Water & Forest Park including its history at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre or visit Kielder Castle, the former hunting lodge for the Duke of Northumberland, which now hosts a visitor centre, art gallery and exhibitions.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

There’s so much to pack into your trip it is impossible to see all of the Park in a day but here are your top must sees – the attractions that are too good to miss. Pick and choose whichever fit your timings best! Don’t forget to check opening times for the attractions below before you set off.

Kielder Observatory

Throughout the year there are events on at the Observatory – check www.kielderobservatory.org for details. When there are no events on, visitors are still welcome to visit the Observatory and walk around the decking but the interior facilities will be closed.

Osprey Ferry

The ideal way to see Kielder Water in style. Always check the ferry timetable before setting out. You can board the ferry at Kielder Waterside or Tower Knowe Visitor Centre.

Lakeside Way

Choose a section to walk, run cycle or ride. There are downloadable Trails Guide for routes.

Kielder Castle

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1ER
Tel: 01434 250209

Kids especially will love the Minotaur maze.

Kielder Waterside

Great for a spot of lunch at the Boat Inn restaurant and bar. There’s also a heated pool.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1BX
Tel: 01434 240 436

An interactive new exhibition about the history of Kielder Water and everything there is to do in the Park now.

Red squirrel hide

You’re almost guaranteed to see a red squirrel – one of the last remaining strongholds in England.

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty offers a number of fabulous places to visit in Northumberland. Our favourites are:

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

Walking in Staward Gorge

Bardon Mill,
Tel: 01434 321888
Gorge of the River Allen with ornamental and ancient woodland (8 miles from Allendale)

With its deep gorge, created by the River Allen, and the largest area of ancient semi-natural woodland in Northumberland, this 250-hectare (617-acre) site provides the perfect setting for an adventure. Largely created by Susan Davidson, Allen Banks has become a fantastic home for flora, fauna and fungi. It is also well known for its carpet of bluebells and ramsons, commonly known as wild garlic, which covers the woodland floor in spring and early summer.

Since the storm damage in 2016, parts are still inaccessible, however there are still woodland walks aplenty and with over 70 species of birds spotted at Allen Banks as well as a wide range of wildlife such as red squirrels, you are never alone.

Wallington

Child playing at Wallington

Morpeth
Tel:01670 773600

Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. (29 miles from Allendale)

Gifted to you by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, Socialist MP and ‘illogical Englishman’, our 13,000-acre estate has something for everyone. Visit the impressive home of Sir Charles and discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family. You can explore the history of Northumberland in huge pre-Raphaelite paintings around the Central Hall or take time to discover the beautiful furniture, treasured collections and quirky curiosities in each room. The Trevelyans loved being outdoors and close to nature. The house is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, just waiting to be explored.

Gibside

Lake at Gibside

Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 01207 541820

A Georgian landscape garden forged in an industrial past (33 miles from Allendale)

Gibside is one of a few surviving 18th-century designed landscapes and was fashioned with two things in mind: spectacular views and ‘wow’ moments. The estate, commissioned by coal baron George Bowes, offers a glimpse into the past and the compelling story of heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes.

Here, you can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life within 243 hectares (600 acres) of gardens, woodland, and countryside – perfect for wildlife spotting. Highlights include a Neo-classical chapel, restored stable block and grand ruin.
Discover fine Derwent Valley views, winding paths and refreshing open spaces. Escape along the avenue and around the gardens for miles of tranquil walks and picnic spots or enjoy family fun at Strawberry Castle play area.

Cragside

Cragside Hall

Morpeth
Tel: 01669 620333

Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens, and woodland – the wonder of its age (42 miles from Allendale)

Enter the world of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator, and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age. Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. Children will love our adventure play area and exploring Nelly’s Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.