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Amelia's Adventures | A Ramble Around Rothbury

Written by Amelia Moy on

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For my first solo Sunday in Northumberland I wanted to experience more of the stunning Northumbrian countryside. Not knowing the area very well, I followed my Sat Nav from Alnwick along a beautiful scenic route following the rolling hills of the green Northumberland landscape. Living in Norfolk I’m not used to such inclines, but the view was well worth it. 

My end destination was Cragside, a National Trust property on the edge of Rothbury, 11.8 miles South West of Alnwick. This impressive Victorian architectural feat was the first home to be lit by hydroelectricity in 1881 and had lots to see and do for all ages. Whenever you are next in the area this Northumberland National Trust property is a must see. My top tips would be:

  • The Drawing Room - or more specifically the 10 ton italian marble fireplace that dominates the room. Absolutely stunning.
  • The Electrical Room where a member of staff recreates some of Armstrong’s experiments. This was really cool.
  • The Iron bridge offered spectacular views of the house, the rock garden and surrounding area.

After finishing my exploration at Cragside I decided to continue my expedition and visit the traditional market town of Rothbury (also known as the Capital of Coqeutdale), a 1 mile drive away down another scenic road. The town was quiet and peaceful (well, it was a Sunday), but the majority of shops and eateries were open. My highlight of Rothbury has to be the The Sun Kitchen, a small cafe on the High Street where I experienced the tastiest Victoria sponge cake I’ve ever had, played a solo game of trivial pursuit and enjoyed the quirky surroundings/decor. I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to this Northumbrian gem next time you’re in the area.

Nestled in the centre of Northumberland, Rothbury is the perfect base for holidaymakers looking to explore the whole county. My favourite Northumbria Byways holiday cottage in this area has to be Conway Cottage in the centre of Rothbury. Once home to the town blacksmith, this Northumbrian cottage dates back to the mid 1800’s. I studied history at university so love any holiday cottage that has a tale to tell. This holiday cottage was recently restored to a high standard offering the best of both worlds - A Grade II listed traditional stone Northumbrian cottage with modern conveniences and interiors. 

For my next adventure I’m going to visit Howick and Gardens and to enjoy a couple of Earl Grey Tea at its original home.

Until next time, Amelia 

Amelia Moy

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Original Cottages Graduate Trainee