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Attractions of the Area

Chatton is ideally situated to explore many of the activities associated with Northumberland - here are just a few suggestions. However long you stay with us, it will not be long enough and you will want to come back again. Visit the North Northumberland Tourist Association web site for even more information about the area.

Towns & Villages

Alnwick GardensBerwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick are our closest market towns - both ancient towns with superb sandstone buildings. Berwick is the only remaining town in Britain to have a complete circle of Elizabethan town walls, and Alnwick has the imposing castle, but they are also thriving modern towns.

The smaller towns of Rothbury, Warkworth and Wooler are not so busy but quintessentially typical of Northumberland. The coastal towns of Bamburgh, Seahouses and Craster are the gateway to the Heritage coastline and a mecca for seafood lovers.

History & Castles

Bamburgh CastleCenturies of border dispute, going back to the Romans, have left their mark on the landscape, but has given us some wonderful castles and landmarks to explore. From neolithic Cup & Ring markings close to Chatton, to Hadrian's Wall in the south of the county, to Alnwick Castle which is still the Duke of Northumberland's seat and backdrop for film & TV. Northumbrian history spans many millennia. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a very special place, only accessible when the tides allow, and Alnwick Gardens will inspire you to get out your trowel when you go home.

Coastal / Beaches

BeachThe 100 mile long Northumberland Heritage Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Sweeping from the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed in the north, to the village of Tynemouth with its golden sands and rolling surf, in the south.

With the Northumberland Coastal Route providing access to the many towns and villages located along this magnificent stretch of coastline. Much of the area is unpopulated, tranquil, with mile-after-mile of clean and safe award-winning golden sandy beaches, quiet country lanes and an unequalled sense of freedom.

Just off the coast are the Farne Islands, a haven for puffins, seals and described as possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species. (photos by David Naylor, guest here June 2014)

Star Gazing

Dark SkiesNorthumberland has been named as home to the largest area of protected night sky in Europe, and the third largest in the world! Our guests are amazed at how many more stars are visible just walking back from the pub on a clear night. For a true experience we'd recommend taking a flask up to the moor, or even going to the Northumberland National Park Dark Sky Park. If you're lucky you may see the Aurora Borealis which is sometimes visible here.

Walking

St Cuthberts WayNorthumberland is England's least densely populated county, so what better way of seeing the wonderful countryside than getting out there on foot. There are numerous walks in the area that take-in our rich forna & flora, 5,000 years of history, and scenery that will blow you away. The Northumberland National Park extends the length of the county.

If you're just passing through on a longer hike, The Old Manse is within easy reach of the St Oswolds WaySt Cuthberts Way and the North Pennine Way - transfers can be arranged for you.

Fishing

Chatton Trout FisheryWe are within walking distance of Chatton Trout Fishery that provide the highest quality trout fly fishing in relaxed and friendly surroundings. The  fishery consists of three lakes which also benefit from idyllic views overlooking the Cheviot Hills. They are open 7 days a week, all year round. 

We have an arrangement with fulltime professional fly fishing coach, Bob Smith. Lessons can be arranged by prior arrangement.

You are welcome to use our kitchen to gut your catch, which may be stored in our fridge / freezer and vacuum sealer. As we only have upright fridges & freezers, any catch over 20" will have to be returned to the lake!

Golf

Golf at BamburghNorthumberland is home to a vast range great golf courses, located in some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in Britain.
The Northumberland Golfing Parsport is a new and exciting way for visiting golfers to enjoy some of the county's best golf courses at discounted rates. Golfers pre-purchase a Parsport from Tourist Information Centres and this entitles them to three rounds of golf at any of the participating clubs.

Cycling 

Cycle RoutesJust as the quiet roads and splendid open countryside are ideal for walkers, it is just as good for cyclists - whether you are happy to meander along the country lanes to a pub for lunch, or the more adventurous type going off road on the Northumbrian National Parks, we have the countryside to suit you. The Wooler Cycle Hub has seven routes that radiate from the nearby town that will take you through a variety of hills, valleys, villages and castles. Even if you don't have a bike, you can hire one locally.

The Sandstone Way is a new 120 miles / 192km (approx) mountain biking route between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham along the Sandstone Ridge in North Northumberland that goes through Chatton. We are also close to two National Cycle Networks - Route 1, Coast & Castles:  Newcastle to Edinburgh, and Route 68, Pennine Cycleway. Why not break your journey with a well earned stop over at The Old Manse - transfers available upon request. Look at the sustrans map for our proximitry to these routes.


Distances

Approximate road distance from Old Manse in miles

Towns / Villages

Alnwick(15)
Berwick upon Tweed(19)
Edinburgh(66)
Ford & Etal(14)
Newcastle(50)
Rothbury(20)
Warkworth(26)
Wooler(4)

History & Castles

Alnwick Castle(15)
Bamburgh Castle(10)
Berwick Walls(19)
Brinkburn Priory(23)
Chillingham Castle(2)
Cragside House(20)
Norham Castle(20)
Warkworth(26)
Flodden Fields(14)

Coastal / Beaches

Alnmouth(23)
Bamburgh(10)
Craster(20)
Holy Island(19)
Seahouses &
Farne Islands
(14)

Walking Routes

St Oswolds Way(Belford 5)
St Cuthberts Way(2)
North Pennine Way(Wooler 4)

Cycling Routes

Wooler Cycle Hub(4)
Route 1
Coast & Castles
(Belford 5)
Route 68
Pennine Cycleway
(Wooler 4)