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soaring cliffs, green dales, lush forests, glistening, sandy beaches and the sparkling sea.

A Magical Place A trip across the causeway to the magical Holy Island brings you to one of the most peaceful places in the country with wonderful wildlife and spectacular views. Explore the beautiful village and its quaint shops, take a tour of the priory and visit the castle with its fantastic walled garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. The prospect of perhaps getting stuck on this enchanting island just adds to the intrigue. But don’t worry there will be

Durham Heritage Coast

another tide…sometime soon. Anyway it gives you time to take a walk or catch a glimpse of the castle and priory ruins by moonlight! And even, perhaps, the Farne Islands.

Great Views And Wildlife Too From the seaside village of Seahouses you can take a wildlife cruise round the Farne Islands and maybe get some snaps of the puffins nestling in the cliff fronts and the seals basking in the sun. But wherever you go on this coast, Bamburgh Castle stands proud surrounded by golden sands. Northumberland’s coastal scenery is complemented, inland, by vast, wide-open spaces and breathtaking scenery offering the perfect opportunity to let your mind wander, to relax and renew the spirits within! Kielder Water and Forest Park within the Northumberland National Park is a prime example of peace and quiet. Conversely, you can take in the stunning clifftop scenery of Durham’s Heritage Coast or enjoy the heather entwined moorlands of the Durham Dales and the North Pennines where you can visit the mighty High Force, England's largest waterfall.

...yes it is, with an award winning coastline, gardens and miles of unspoilt countryside!

Whalton Manor, Northumberland

Discover Our Secret Gardens North East England boasts a variety of stunning gardens - all shapes, sizes and themes from the exotic to the kitchen garden - in fact it’s a gardener’s paradise and the subject of many a special interest tour. The Alnwick Garden emphasizes the “modern” with an abundance of fascinating plants, fantastic water features, a poison garden and one of the world’s largest wooden treehouses! And, in each of these gardens group members learn something new, something they can put to use in their own garden at home.

“I LOVE ALL OF OUR REGION, BUT ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE PLACES IS THE VILLAGE OF BLANCHLAND. Located on the boundary of Northumberland with Durham, a true "hidden historical gem" in our regions crown, one of the prettiest villages in England, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Pennines. John Wesley described it as "a wilderness which sings for joy”

Situated almost in the centre of Durham City, Crook Hall & Gardens combines a 13th century Grade I listed Medieval hall with 11 themed gardens each with their own individual design and range of plants - the content of their Silver and White Garden is perhaps a bit obvious but what about the Shakespeare Garden and the two Walled Gardens, one of which is secret! In the heart of Northumberland lie the magnificent gardens of the 17th century Whalton Manor House with its beautifully laid out Rose Gardens, Herbaceous Borders, Lawns, Peony Gardens, Seagull Rose and classical Italianate summerhouse in which to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings. North East England is a superb blend of coast and countryside encompassing supreme beauty with peaceful tranquillity. In our modern fast moving world isn’t an experience like this essential?

TOM KEATING, North East England Blue Badge Guide

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One North East Group Travel Guide 2010  
One North East Group Travel Guide 2010  

2010 edition of the Group Travel Guide for the North East of England.