Explore Northumberland and all the natural beauty is has to offer. Staying at Middlemoor means you will be perfectly situated in the heart of the county. You will find us nestled in the peaceful Northumberland countryside, just 7 miles North of Alnwick, halfway between The Cheviots and the Coast.
Below we have listed some of our top recommendations for activities you could get up to during your stay with us.
Just a short drive away you will find the beautiful untouched beaches of the Northumberland Coast. This area is so exquisite that it is officially recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We definitely recommend heading to the beach for a walk, a picnic or just to relax on a sunny day!
When staying with us, you are within walking distance of Carnaby’s. This favourite of ours is perfect for breakfast, salads, sandwiches or even just coffee and a cake! For a pub lunch and a few drinks, the Pack Horse Inn in Ellingham is just a 7 minute drive away. This is another great option for nearby dining out.
There are many picturesque villages along the coast with great places to eat, drink and explore. Why not head up to Bamburgh Castle and take a look around? The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh is ideal if you want to wine and dine after a long day of sight seeing. Seahouses is a beautiful coastal village and fishing port – we recommend grabbing some delicious fish and chips and heading to the beach. For the more adventurous, we suggest heading to Beadnell to try your hand at kayaking and coasteering.
Chillingham Wild Cattle and Castle are just over the hill from us (heading west. Here you can spend the day wandering around the Castle, and taking a tour of the Cattle in glorious surroundings.
The Cheviots are a range of rolling hills along the border between Northumberland and Scotland. Whether you’re a pro hiker, or looking for a simple stroll and picnic in the beautiful countryside, there is a route which will suit you. The Cheviots have some of the most scenic views in Northumberland.
Our boats, showman’s wagons and cottages are located just a short drive from Alnwick.
We highly recommend heading to Alnwick Gardens, which are beautiful all year round. If you’re visiting us at the end of April/ beginning of May you should be able to see the amazing Cherry Blossoms in full bloom.
Head to the Treehouse at Alnwick Gardens for a unique dining experience, or take a picnic to enjoy on the grass. While you are there, take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Alnwick and don’t forget to head to Barter Books, one of the largest secondhand bookstores in Britain. Inside you will find three 40-foot murals, open fires and comfy spaces to relax – you could spend hours here!
Alnwick Castle is a must see for any avid Harry Potter fans out there. You may recognise a few iconic filming locations from The Philospher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.
Staying at Middlemoor means you are perfectly located to experience the Dark Skies. Here you can explore Northumberland National Park, which is the largest Dark Sky Park in UK and second largest in Europe, thanks to our low levels of light pollution. Stargazing may sound daunting to beginners, but you don’t need to be an expert or have fancy equipment to enjoy the amazing views.
Birdwatching fan? We recommend heading over to Holy Island or The Farne Islands, as they are a paradise for all things wildlife. The Farne Islands have one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the British Isles with large colonies of Atlantic and Grey Seals, take a boat trip from Seahouses and make sure to take your camera!
Remember to plan your trip to Holy Island in advance, by checking tide times for safe crossing to and from.
We are not located too far from the Scottish Borders, which offers lots more hill walking, cycling, historic towns, villages with abbeys, and shopping to enjoy.
Edinburgh is just an hour away on the train from Alnmouth station. Enjoy an open top bus tour around the old town, National Museum of Scotland, plus the Fringe festival celebrations throughout the summer months.