3 (all year)
The Annex at Old Repeater Station is a self-contained apartment for two a few miles north of the peaceful village of Haydon Bridge in the southern corner of the Northumberland National Park. Surrounded by stunning views of green rolling hills, and located half way along Hadrian's Hall, this rural bolthole is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts as well as those looking to explore the history and heritage of the local area. With one double bedroom and a separate living area it suits couples or solo travellers and dogs are welcome too. Old Repeater Station sits in a Dark Sky Area and the owner's have thoughtfully left a telescope in the lounge so you can bring the outside in on clear evenings.
The best way to explore the area is undoubtly on two feet. Lace up your walking boots and follow in the footsteps of the Romans as you walk along the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail. Sitting in between Sewingshields and Walltown Crags the Old Repeater Station is close to a number of Roman Forts and museums that you can explore along the way, including Chesters, Housesteads and Vindolanda. Or head two miles west and join one of the UK's oldest walking trails along the Pennine Way. Often described as the backbone of the UK, and stretching 268 miles from the Peak District to the Scottish borders, exploring a stretch of this infamous walking trail should be on every walker's bucket list. During the summer months the AD 122 bus, which runs from Hexham to Haltwhistle, stops and picks up outside the door.
Keen road cyclists will love the Hadrian's Cycleway. Passing through pretty villages, quaint market towns as well as wild and rugged countryside peppered with Roman Forts it is hard not to be wowed by this cycle route. Mountain bikers will be spoilt for choice with the number of different tracks in the Kielder Forest, or head a few miles south into the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where there are numerous moorland tracks and trails to be explored. Alternatively enjoy a day out fishing in one of the nearby rivers and lakes, go horseriding or enjoy a round of golf. With so many picturesque villages and towns nearby you are never far from a cosy cafe or country pub to refuel at the end of the day.
If you are looking for a change of scene you are just an hour away from the coastal town of Whitley Bay on the east coast or the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the west. Located half way between Carlisle (29 miles) and Newcastle-on-Tyne (28 miles), you can also treat yourselves to a day of culture, gourmet food and a spot of retail therapy. Don't miss the iconic sculpture of the Angel of the North or a scenic ride on the 72 mile Settle-Carlisle Railway.
Whether you are looking for a new activity each day, or you simply want to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings, it will be hard to find a more beautiful location than this stunning corner of Northumberland.
Leslie Gibson joined Independent Cottages in June 2021
Self contained annex on the same site as the Old Repeater Station Bed and Breakfast. Accommodation is all on one level.
Outside: Shared garden with views over the Sewingshield Crags. Off street parking for one car.
Additional information: Bed linen, towels and utilitiies are included. There is a complementary tea/coffee tray on arrival. Up to 2 dogs are welcome but they must have their own dog beds and there is a charge of £20 per dog.
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