Warkworth is popular with visitors because it has a castle, church, hermitage, walks by the River Coquet, and is close to the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Warkworth is a small but bustling village seeped in History, dominated by a spectacular view of Warkworth Castle. It is surrounded on the three sides by the River Coquet, complete with a riverside footpaths. On the river below the castle, you can visit the Warkworth Hermitage, a chapel carved in stone and only reachable by boat across the river.
The village itself has a main street, with lovely authentic pubs serving gastro meals, local hotels, restaurants and boutique shops, offering all the amenities we wanted. We quickly discovered the charm of village, Friday nights in the Hermitage Pub with with Live Music was not to be missed, and the suntrap that is the Masons beer garden makes the most of whatever British Summer we Get!
Covering 39 miles of coastline from Berwick to the Coquet Estuary, the Northumberland Coast contains some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country. This is one of the best parts of Northumberland to explorer car-free, with a regular coast bus service, a great network of footpaths and the long-distance Northumberland Coast Path stretching its length and beyond.
Well known for its diverse wildlife, the Northumberland Coast attracts spectacular flocks of wading birds, and one of the few places where you can get up close to thousands of puffins, terns and guillemots.
Northumberland National Park
England's Most tranquil and least visited Nation Park encompasses some of the most dramatic landscape in the North of England. Stretching between the Scottish Border to Hadrian’s Wall, the park covers around a quarter of the country, with a population of less than 2000, Northumberland National Park is a tranquil haven of hilltops and diverse wildlife
Staff Recommendation: The Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivaled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin.
It’s also home to a large grey seal colony, with more than 1,000 pups born every autumn.
Historically, the islands have strong links with Celtic Christianity and St Cuthbert, who lived here in the 7th Century.
There’s also a medieval pele tower and Victorian lighthouse here, plus a visitor centre and easy access boardwalk.
Many of the islands hide underwater at high tide. Visitors pass lots of these inaccessible islets on boat trips – a short journey to a different world!
Remember to take a picnic, relax, and enjoy the best view of Bamburgh Castle and the Cheviot Hills you can ever have