Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway

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Heatherslaw
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Northumberland
TD12 4TJ

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Overview

Centred round the charming villages of Ford and Etal and nestled in the furthermost corner of north Northumberland, this large country estate is home to a range of attractions, outdoor adventure, traditional tearooms and - should you wish to visit for more than a day - some excellent accommodation.

One of the main attractions is Heatherslaw Light Railway - the most northerly steam railway in England.  The 15" gauge railway pulled by steam locomotive "Bunty" travels along the banks of the River Till between Heatherslaw Station and Etal Castle, a return journey of 6.4km.  A choice of fully enclosed or partly glazed coaches ensures you'll remain dry, even on the wettest days!  Browse in the Ticket Office Gift Shop or wander up the steps to the model railway room where you can push the button to make the trains work ("G" gauge model layout).  In the railway yard view the work of local craftsmen displayed in the antique Fowler traction engine caravan.

Cross the iron bridge from the Railway to Heatherslaw Cornmill, a fully restored and working 19th century watermill making a range of flours using traditional methods.  Explore the building, see the milling process, dress up as a Victorian and explore the miller's cottage, buy the delicious products in the Gift Shop.  Lots of activities for children, fro the mouse trail to bread-making (check website for dates/details).

Also at Heatherslaw:  Visitor Centre, Teaoom, Cycle Hire, Papercut Artist, Jeweller and Linocut Artist (shops and demonstration areas.)

In pretty Etal village visit the castle, ransacked at the time of the nearby Battle of Flodden (1513), take a riverside walk, visit the bespoke furniture maker in the old pump house or enjoy a scrumptious cream tea in the Lavender Tearooms (also a village shop and post office.)

Don't miss Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre where you can meet the Clydesdale horses and other rare breeds and learn about farming through the ages.  Monthly farmers markets take place and horse-drawn carriage rides are offered on selected days.

Peaceful Ford village is home to the stunning Lady Waterford Hall. Built in 1860 as the village school the Hall tells the fascinating story of Louisa Marchioness of Waterford, a famous beauty and friend of Queen Victoria who was tragically widowed at a young age.  Prepare to be amazed by the life-sized watercolour murals that line the walls of the building.  Fun activities and dressing up for children also available.  

Also in Ford:  tearooms, antiques and collectables, village shop/post office, guesthouses.

With fabulous countryside, canoeing, fishing, horse-riding and much more, whether you seek peace and tranquility, a walk in breathtakingly beautiful countryside, a visit immersed in the heritage of the area, an adventurous activity or a family day out it's all waiting for you at Ford and Etal.

Access information

See Access Statement  on the Ford & Etal website


Road directions

A697 southbound - follow brown signs for Ford & Etal after Cornhill-on-Tweed

A697 northbound - follow brown signs for Ford & Etal after Milfield

A1 southbound - follow brown signs from Berwick-upon-Tweed

A1 nor4thbound - follow brown signs at Fenwick (after Belford)


Public transport

Bus Service 267 from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Wooler (no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays)

Nearest train station:  Berwick-upon-Tweed


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Ticketing and entry prices for Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway

Type Entry for Guide price
Free
(Adult/Child/Concession)
1
£0.00
per ticket
Entry to Estate is free. Individual attractions, ie Heatherslaw Railway, Heatherslaw Cornmill, Lady Waterford Hall and Etal Castle all charge admission - please see website for details.

Dates & times for Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway, Cornhill-on-Tweed

From To
Sunday01/01/2017Tuesday31/12/2019
* Estates open and accessible all year round. Individual businesses have varying opening times and many are seasonal (March-October). Please see website for details.
Indoors at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Indoors
indoor and outdoor venues across the estates
Car parking available at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Car parking available
free car parking throughout the estates
Credit / debit cards accepted at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Credit / debit cards accepted
accepted in most but not all venues - check website for details
Toilet Facilities at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Toilet facilities
Public toilets open late Mar-early Nov
Picnic area at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Picnic area
picnic areas in villages & at Heatherslaw
Gift shop on site at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Gift shop on site
gift shop at Heatherslaw Cornmill; shops in Etal and Ford
Open all year at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Open all year
admission charging attractions are open seasonally; grounds and some other venues open all year
Reduced rates for children at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Reduced rates for children
 at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Wheelchair friendly
not all areas of the estate are accessible - see access statement for details

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