Local Attractions

The local area surrounding Westrigg bed and breakfast in Northumberland is truly magnificent. Dotted with castles and stately homes, and carpeted with a rich tapestry of golden beaches, heather strewn hills, lush grassland, wild forests, and even wilder mountains.

In the elegant village of Warkworth the tree lined high street sweeps down from the castle on its crowning hilltop high above the River Coquet. Lined by gracious period dwellings, Castle Street leads you to the (Norman) parish church of St Lawrence at the edge the village square, where you will find an abundance of Galleries, gift shops, cafes and restaurants.
Warkworth Castle View

Lindisfarne From the ancient fortified bridge take a leisurely stroll following the river upstream along the Mill Walk, to the hidden gem of the cave Hermitage Chapel, home to a medieval holy man, hewn into the raw stone cliffs on the rivers path and accessible only by ferry boat (Wednesdays and Sundays).

The more adventurous may like to hire a rowboat and enjoy the gentle exercise of exploring the river route.

There are the most splendid golf courses, which are not only blessed with great heritage, but have some of the best views in the whole of the UK. Try Warkworth golf course, Alnwick, Alnmouth or Bamburgh Golf Course: On the edge of the coastline it has some of the most stunning views of all, with Alnwick Castle in the distance, and Lindisfane to the north; it sits below the high walls of Bamburgh, which was once the seat of the Northumbrian Kings.

Cragside Warkworth Castle Alnwick Garden Waterfall

Alnwick Castle, a great bastion of English power against the might of the Scots, holds stay over the rich pasture valley, which has been used in many a film epic, including the Harry Potter films. The town of Alnwick boasts many a fine visitor attraction, such as the Alnwick Gardens, which has magnificent water features, and the largest tree house in Europe. Barter Books in the town is the second largest second hand bookshop in the country, and is great for days when the weather is inclement. This beautiful market town has several museums including the Bailiffgate Museum and the Alnwick Museum of Antiquities.

For those who like a good yarn, the dirty bottles in the window of the Ye Olde Crosse in Alnwick are worth a visit. Put there by a Victorian Landlord, the bottles, covered in a thick layer of dust, have not been touched since. Local legend has it that anyone who touches them will be struck down dead!

Take the tidal causeway over to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and discover the birthplace of Christianity in England. You can visit the Abbey and the Castle, which was renovated by the famous architect and designer Edwin Lutyens, and has a walled garden by Gertrude Jekyll. Mead was traditionally made by the monks of the Abbey, and can still be sampled today.
Dunstanburgh Castle

Just beyond Alnwick in the Coquet valley Lies Rothbury. Here you will find Cragside House and Estate. Run by the National Trust, this grand House built by the Victorian industrialist Lord William Armstrong was the first home in the entire world to be lit using hydroelectric power, and one of the first places in the world to fully use electricity throughout! The house and gardens are immensely beautiful, and feature many engineering and scientific breakthroughs of the nineteenth century.

To the north of Warkworth you will discover the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, with its Elizabethan ramparts and swans. Here the river Tweed like the river Coquet at Warkworth is the perfect spot for trout and salmon fishing: Anglers should note that the famous tackle maker Hardy is based in Alnwick, and has both a museum and a visitors shop.

There are plenty of sporting activities to please every member of the family, from golf and fishing to pony trekking, horse riding, quad biking cycling, walking, bird and wildlife watching, diving, flying, and even clay pigeon shooting. If all of that seems too energetic for you, you can indulge in fine local cuisine, or a spot of retail therapy in Edinburgh, Newcastle, or Alnwick.

Warkworth lies at the mid point of St Oswald's Way, also the Northumberland Coast Path, part of the North Sea Trail, both favourites of walkers and on the Coast and Castles cycle route No.1 of the national cycle network. Walkers and cyclists are well cared for at Westrigg with drying facilities for gear, and also safe secure storage for bikes and equipment.

Westrigg B&B
30 Watershaugh road
NE65 0TX

Tel: 01665 711410

Breakfast Times
Mon-Fri: 8.30am to 9.00am
Sat-Sun: 9.00am to 9.30am
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