Reivers estate offers a great base from which to explore the glories of Northumberland and its 400 square mile national park. These include the rolling Cheviot Hills, endless white beaches and lots of pretty fishing villages along the coast. You might also want to explore Newcastle’s bright lights or ramble under the peaceful, star-filled skies of the Tarset valley. They’re all within easy reach.
The history of Northumberland is as varied and rugged as the countryside, and visitors will come across many romantic reminders of the county’s turbulent past, be it thick-walled castles guarding the coast, or ruined monasteries shrouded by forest.
Here is a selection of what we think are the highlights. All of them would make excellent places to visit from your base at the Reivers estate.
Lindisfarne or the Holy Island is a small but exquisite island off the northern Northumberland coast with a causeway that gets submerged by the tides, so be sure to get your timings right! Its castle and ancient priory create an unforgettable skyline and the place has a beguiling spiritual atmosphere that few visitors forget. Its monastery was one of the first to be sacked by the marauding Vikings.
Hadrian’s Wall was the orginal border between the Roman Empire and the lawless Scots to the north, but is actually situated to the south of the Reivers estate. This historic stone wall runs from coast to coast and you can find various forts along the way that have been architecturally restored. Our personal favourite is Housesteads but Vindolanda, Birdoswald and Chesters all provide a fascinating insight into Roman life.
Alnwick Gardens can be found in the grounds of Alnwick Castle. The landscaped gardens have won multiple awards and are open to the public throughout the year.
Kielder Water and Observatory
Kielder Water is in the next-door valley to the Reivers estate. This imposing lake has a cycle route going round it, water sports and a bird of prey centre.
City Of Newcastle
Newcastle city is less than an hour from us and offers a very lively nightlife as well as museums, the Centre for Life, and of course its iconic bridges.