For 2018 we return to Northumbria, visiting some of the best sights and towns of this delightful North east corner of England. Northumbria is a tapestry of wonderful sights and attractions with numerous castles and cathedrals, rolling moorlands, quaint towns and villages, intriguing history and spectacular scenery.
The elegant and luxurious Slaley Hall Hotel is surrounded by 1000 acres of Northumberland moorland and forest. The magnificent Edwardian mansion offers very ‘old world’ grandeur with a modern twist, boasting an indoor swimming pool. The spacious bedrooms are all ensuite and have tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.
Monday Our door to door service takes you from your front door to the waiting Club Class coach. We head north to make a stop for lunch in the delightful floral spa town of Harrogate. This afternoon we continue our journey to the northeast arriving at luxurious Slaley Hall Hotel late afternoon.
Tuesday Our first excursion takes us south via Blanchland, the Derwent Reservoir and Edmundbyers to Stanhope. Here we take a short break before heading west along Weardale to Alston. We have time for lunch and to enjoy a ride on the South Tynedale Railway. Trains leave from Alston’s restored Victorian station for a delightful ride along the beautiful South Tyne Valley. Leaving here we head across the moors to Hexham, with its historic Abbey, to take a break with time for a look around before heading back to the hotel.
Wednesday Morpeth is our first destination. Today is market day and we have the chance to look around, browse the stalls and obtain lunch before we are on our way across the picturesque Northumbrian countryside to Bellingham and Kielder Water. Here we enjoy a cruise around the lake before returning through Hadrian’s Wall country on the way to the hotel.
Thursday This morning we travel to the ancient and historic City of Durham, acclaimed as a World Heritage Site and dominated by the magnificent Norman Cathedral and Castle, high above the River Wear. We have time to explore and take lunch before our afternoon visit to Barnard Castle – known as ‘Barny’ to the locals – and the Bowes Museum, just outside the town. This is one of County Durham’s biggest surprises. Housed in a majestic French-style chateau, the Museum opened in 1892 and will amaze visitors with its superb collection, including the fabulous Silver Swan. Afterwards we return to Slaley Hall for our final evening’s dinner.
Friday After a leisurely breakfast we leave and begin our journey home arriving back in our home area late afternoon after a delightful Northumbrian break.
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