Rothbury – A Calm Gorgeous Northumberland Landscape

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Up in the North East of England sits one of the quietest yet most beautiful National Parks, Northumberland. Known as the least visited of the National Parks but that would baffle any previous visitor. Taking the time to step inland away from the coast in this area can capture your imagination to the full. Rothbury, a small historic town, sits right on the edge of the National Park itself and from experience I can honestly say it holds it’s own in views, history and adventure and that’s before springboarding to explore the vast green hills, fields, forests and lakes ahead.

Simonside

Rising up from one side of the town is the hilltop of Simonside and the crags along the tops. Any walker/hiker of any experience can take in the walks and sights. Car parking gets you close to the top to start with if you wish, plus with all the time in the world, you can enjoy magnificent views back to Rothbury and down the Coquet Valley or the other way over the rolling hills of the National Park. Escapism without effort. Refreshing, head clearing and unique. If you have been you will know what I mean.

Cragside

Beside Rothbury sits the garden and estate of Cragside. Geeky history buffs, nature lovers and walkers will all find something special here. Lord Armstrong built the family home and today you can see some of the marvels of his inventions during Victorian times. Gadgets galore and lots that were way ahead of their time. Being a very keen gardener and with the house positioned on the side of a cragged hill Lord Armstrong took also his imagination to the land. One of the largest landscaped rock gardens in Europe, one of the oldest iron bridges of it’s type in the UK and approximately 40 miles of footpaths through and above the trees. Trim trails, mazes, viewing spots and more and more. Awaiting those making their way to the top are his man made lakes, calmly reflecting the trees in beautiful surroundings. But, their reason? They allowed the house below to be the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity! Go explore, great for all the family.

The walks do not stop there and neither do the views. Any side of the valley provides miles of open walks whether going up and over Rothbury Terraces (with a great view across to the Cheviots) or down the river that winds through. All in all you can spend days there and still not see all you need to. Wets the appetite for more and then of course the remaining tens of thousand square miles of the National Park. Good times ahoy as I know I will go for plenty.

The town itself is full of charm, very welcoming and friendly indeed. Specialist shops line the way, art galleries and tea rooms. I would highly recommend the Baileys Latte at Harleys Tea Room …. delicious! :)

For accommodation you cannot go wrong. Linhope House is a 5 star B&B in Rothbury that gives comfort, warmth, relaxation and friendly atmosphere right from the moment you enter. Large lush rooms, wonderful hosts and after each day of exploring the area it becomes a perfect place to relax, rest and relive. The fresh Northumberland grown Full English breakfast is a treat too. Yummy!

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20 Responses to “Rothbury – A Calm Gorgeous Northumberland Landscape”

  1. Adrian Bevan
    December 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    A very inspiring and informative piece accompanied by some eye-p
    leasing photography!2012 – a time to visit Northumberland and Rothbury.

    • Paul Steele
      January 2, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Thank you Adrian. Yes well worth a visit and to explore.

  2. Kathleen Rolls
    January 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Have visited Rothbury many times.We have to keep going back, so beautiful, and so tranquil.

    • Paul Steele
      January 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      Once been always go back. Totally agree with you Kathleen

  3. James
    January 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Some really great photographs once again.Rothbury really is a beautiful place to visit and that is why I have been visiting this area for many years.The area offers some fantastic walks and the town itself is very self sufficient… Love it

    • Paul Steele
      January 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks James, yes truly a unique area :)

  4. kathleen
    January 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    I can not wait to visit Rothbury again. The pictures are really inspiring. What a beautiful place in Northumberland. The people are friendly and welcoming.

  5. Joanna Royle
    January 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I think that just about sums it up! Brilliant piece Paul and I couldn’t agree more with your enthusiasm for the area. Rothbury is a fantastic village with a thriving business community and real spirit. Linhope House is a real gem; brilliant Northern hospitality and the owners truly deserves the recent 5* Gold Award. And ofcourse, Cragside is a must see for any visitor to Northumberland.

    • Paul Steele
      January 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

      Thx so very much Joanna. Yes such a unique and fantastic place. The people are so hospitable

  6. John Thompson
    January 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Could`nt agree more Rothbury is a real `Gem`. Having stayed a Linhope House I must say i hav`nt experienced such warm genuine hospitality anywhere else!

    • Paul Steele
      January 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Glad to hear you feel the same John. Thx :)

  7. LYNDA TAYLOR
    January 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    This is the Rothbury that we residents know and love. A super blog for a super place! Thanks Paul.

    • Paul Steele
      January 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      You are so lucky to live there Lynda! Thank u

  8. Cindy Vriend
    January 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Wonderful post! It is a gorgeous, peaceful area… with such amazing views. Love it!! Totally agree on Linhope House, it’s a magnificent place to stay with very lovely owners.

    • Paul Steele
      January 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      Thx Cindy for the lovely comment. Yes totally relaxing

  9. Margaret Lister
    January 13, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Wow, what photograps! They make me want to pack up the car and go NOW. I love England, and I particularly love the North East where I was born (we live in the North West now)and that area of Rothbury is especially beautiful and SO unspoilt. The photographs are so good and do justice to the area. The Northern hospitality of Linhope House would put the icing on the cake. So if you want to get away from the stresses and strain of working life, go and get refreshed for a spell in God’s Own County.

    • Paul Steele
      January 13, 2012 at 11:09 am #

      Thx so much Margaret. Yes so much niceness to explore. Totally agree :)

  10. Dave Kean
    March 3, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    It’s been years since I been to Northumberland, I usually ended up in the North Yorkshire Moors or the Lakes when hiking, but it is a stunning part of the world. The North East has so much going for it from the big cities to the Craigside.

    Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

    • Paul Steele
      March 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

      Thanks dave. Yes so so much, agreed. Always worth the extra few miles to visit and explore

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