Midweek Adventures: Discover Hidden Beauty Spots in Northumberland
- By Matfen Hall
- August 10, 2021
From a staggeringly beautiful countryside and stretches of dramatic coastline, to world-famous historic monuments, Northumberland boasts a treasure trove of tourist attractions begging to be explored. Aside from your usual must-sees, however, this spectacular region encompasses a number of hidden beauty spots waiting to be uncovered, visited and adored.
For those of you keen to step off the beaten track during a midweek adventure, and relish the opportunity to indulge in the luxury of having the place to yourself, we’ve compiled a collection of lesser-known Northumberland locations sure to satisfy your appetite for adventure, near and around our grand estate.
Whilst the postcard-pretty castles of Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Alnwick are popular all year round, tucked away just one mile from the village of Corbridge – and 10 miles from Matfen Hall – quietly sits another beautiful castle eager to be discovered and enjoyed. Almost completely intact, Aydon Castle is one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house and is a true hidden gem in Northumberland.
Set in a stunningly secluded woodland area not far from Hadrian’s Wall, Aydon Castle consists of a walled orchard perfect for midweek picnic excursions and late afternoon walks.
An ideal place to enjoy a gentle summer stroll, Abbey Grounds and Sele Park are located a mere 11 miles from our grand estate and make up 20 acres of formal gardens and open green spaces to enjoy. Visit during the week when these beautiful areas in the centre of Hexham are a little quieter, and bask in the sunshine or look forward to a leisurely afternoon walk.
Then, when you’re ready for a change of scenery, decide to swap the beautiful green views for a different one as you head back to Matfen Hall and enjoy lunch in the Orangery overlooking our championship golf courses at Matfen Park.
There’s nothing quite as beautiful as nature itself – particularly when this involves a cascading waterfall at the end of a wonderful walk. Set amidst the wild Northumberland moorlands, Linhope Spout is the perfect place to visit during the day, whether you’re simply searching for incredible views or a pool of water to refresh yourself with following your walk.
Located in the tranquil Northumberland National Park, choose to visit this beautiful attraction in the morning before heading back to our estate for a relaxing spa treatment in The Retreat, or visit after settling your appetite over breakfast in the Emerald Restaurant as part of your midweek stay.
For those of you keen to take a step back from the better known beaches to enjoy some time away from others, the striking Rumbling Kern is a truly spectacular cove nestled away on the Northumberland coastline, waiting to be explored. Overlooked by a Grade II listed building known as the Bathing House, the cove is named after the sound made by the crashing waves in high tide.
Such a hidden gem that its location isn’t even displayed on Google Maps, this quiet haven deserves half a day of your attention during low tide when the sea is still.
Home to an RAF base, this quaint village may not be your first choice as a tourist visiting Northumberland. But, while it may be famous for its military associations, Boulmer boasts a beautiful coastline free from the visitor numbers of the more popular Alnmouth situated close by.
With little to do other than enjoy the remote peace and quiet that this exposed coastal village offers, Boulmer’s authentic fishing village atmosphere makes a wonderful place to journey to during your midweek Northumberland adventure, before retiring to one of our luxury bar areas – 1832 or the Needham – for a nightcap.
While weekends are wonderful, we can’t help but feel that there’s something distinctly indulgent about a midweek escape. This summer, we invite you to swap routine for luxury and join us for a 2-night midweek escape at our unequalled paradise in the heart of Northumberland, and book your stay at Matfen Hall today.