LOCAL INFORMATION



ROCHESTER


The peaceful village of Rochester has an enviable location in the spectacular Northumberland National Park. Just over 10 miles from the Scottish Border viewpoint at Carter Bar and 20 miles from Kielder Water and Forest where you can find walks, mountain biking, water sports, a bird of prey centre and much more. The area has protected dark skies, offering a magnificent view of the stars by night, with Kielder observatory also running public events.

Northumberland also boasts a spectacular coastline and many wonderful National Trust properties such as Wallington and Cragside. There are breathtaking countryside walks and cycle routes all around the area, with stunning hills, valleys, moors, forests and rivers.

There is world class salmon and trout fishing close to Rochester in the River Rede. Nearby Bellingham also boasts a high quality 18 hole golf course.

You will find a wealth of fun activities and attractions for all the family within easy reach of Birdhopecraig Church. Whether you are looking for relaxation or excitement, beautiful Northumberland is the perfect location for your holiday.

The nearest shop is 3 miles from Birdhopecraig and the welcoming Redesdale Arms pub & restaurant is only 10 minutes walk.






AMBLE


The Town of Amble is situated on the Northumberland coast, it is at the mouth of the River Coquet, just a mile from Warkworth. Amble was built on a point of land that sticks out from the main run of the coast, so offers excellent views of the coastline.

The old spelling for Amble is thought to be Annebelle, meaning Anna's Promontory. Amble and the surrounding area has been populated for many centuries. Ancient British foundations have been found here, as well as Roman coins, signifying occupation during different periods of time.

Amble is commonly known as 'the friendliest port' and gained the nickname in the 1930's when Amble Council sent the RMS Mauretania a message on it's last voyage to the the wreckers yard 'Still the finest ship on the seas' and they replied with greetings 'to the last and friendliest port in England'.

The Town is now a popular place for holidays with it's pleasant harbour, marina, proximity to beautiful beaches and many facilities it's easy to see why.