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Spring Breaks in Northumberland – Late Availability Offers!

We are really enjoying the mild, sunny weather here in Hexham. The birds are in full song, the crocuses and daffs are in full bloom. Walking through the Hexham parks and woods we see clumps of dwarf daffodils and snowdrops through the dappled spring sunshine and we take a deep breath and hope the worst of Winter is over with!

The Perfect Time for Spring Breaks in Northumberland!

Spring is our favourite season in Northumberland, we suffer the long dark winter, perfect for star gazing but not so good for the school run! Once the milder weather arrives and the bulbs start to bloom we are filled a renewed purpose and the hope of a Summer like last year! The Sele Park in Hexham is a great place to spot all the colours of Spring with the stunning backdrop of the majestic Hexham Abbey. Strolling through the park past the Victorian bandstand to Seal Cottage today, its hard not to smile at the bright blooms and children rolling down the vast Sele Field. Only a few weeks ago they were sledging down! The dogs are chasing each other and catching balls with energy and zest for life that we could all do with a bit of and their owners are passing the time of day and chatting in a way that Hexham folk do!

 

Seal Cottage – Hexham – Perfect Spot!

It’s a joy to be at the Cottage preparing for guest arrivals today, opening the windows and letting in the mild air. We can finally buy Spring flowers in the Market Square and and their colours dress the cottage kitchen table perfectly. Vicky and I busy ourselves with bed changing, chatting on about our respective lives, our parenting and relationship challenges and comment on how good our hospital corners are becoming! Guests are arriving from France this week and it looks like the lovely weather will hold for them. We have had lots of European guest bookings this year coming to walk Hadrian’s Wall and visit the many Roman sites a stones throw away from Hexham. Other guests travel to meet Scottish friends at a central location with lots to offer. Some visit to see friends and family or attend weddings at local venues. Others just simply want to explore Hexham Abbey and further Northumberland. We love to hear about what our guests adventures entail!

 

 

 

 

 

Great time to book a Spring Break in Hexham!

With a few remaining weekends left in March, we are offering new and previous guests 15% off all March stays at Seal Cottage so they can share the Northumberland Spring sunshine with us!

Book here and use the code SPRING for the 15% off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hadrian’s Wall this October? Perfect Wall Walking Weather!

The short term forecast the weather in Northumberland is looking fantastic! Sunny, mild and clear skies- Perfect Wall Walking Weather!  We have late availability on Seal Cottage in Hexham and  Shellbraes Farmhouse and Studio in Great Whittington ideal for larger walking groups or two in the studio! Both perfect bases to explore the wall from!

Perfect Wall Walking from Seal Cottage

It’s a short but stunning drive from Hexham to The Sill Discovery Centre. Here you can park and use the amenities. You can have look at the exhibitions, displays and local arts and crafts. Take in the view from the grass roof terrace and have one of the best bacon butties ever before you set off!

Route – Once Brewed, Roman Vindolanda and Housesteads. Circular route of 7.5 miles/4.5 hours. Harder walk with several steep slopes.

  • Leave The Sill, crossing the B6318 signposted Steel Rigg.
  • Join the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail via the gate before you reach Steel Rigg car park. This route signposted Housesteads. Travel Eastwards towards Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum.
  • After a visit to the highly recommended Housesteads Fort and Museum, follow the tarmac road down to the B6318 Military Road, you will see an old farmhouse. Turn right and in only a few yards cross the road over a ladder stile with a sign for Crindledykes.
  • In just under a mile turn right onto a road.
  • Look out for a second road on the right marked Roman Vindolanda. Another attraction highly recommended. Continue on the single track road around the back of the site and back onto the Stanegate.
  • Turn right signed posted back to The Sill.

You have probably worked up a great appetite for lunch or afternoon tea back at the The Sill. Alternatively head along to the affectionally named “Twicey”. The Twice Brewed Pub for refreshments!

Perfect Wall Walking from Shellbraes Farmhouse and Shellbraes Studio

Another short but beautiful drive from Shellbraes Farm to Chesters Roman Fort where you can start this walk.

Route – Chesters and Humshaugh. Circular route of 2.5 miles/1-1.5 hours. Easy route.

  • Start at Chesters Roman Fort walking up a quiet lane turning to the right onto Lincoln Hill.
  • At crossroads turn right signposted “Cycle Byway”
  • After 1/2mile cross the main road towards Humshaugh.
  • Amazing views can be seen here from the war memorial then walk on through the village.
  • From the village follow the road back to Chollerford and Chesters Roman Fort.

From here a you can take short drive to very special Walwick Hall. Although they have a formal restaurant the bar is informal and they have lovely terrace serving a range of meals, snacks and drinks. Afternoon tea is wonderful be must be booked ahead.

Further walking routes and guides to difficulty level and times can be found on www.hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

Cottage late availability and prices can be found here!

Happy walking!