Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway

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Heatherslaw
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Northumberland
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Ford & Etal is a place to discover.  A large rural agricultural estate with attractions, activities and accommodation all centred on the villages of Ford and Etal, lying in the Till Valley between the Scottish Border and Cheviot Hills and just a few miles inland from Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Seahouses.  The epitome of Northumberland's independent spirit, Ford & Etal is a single destination where you can set out your own journey, exploring the 'main highlights' or delving into the more hidden corners, whatever your age, interest or mood - and whatever the weather.

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.

From the train visit Etal with its white painted buildings including the Black Bull - the only thatched pub in Northumberland - and Lavender Tearooms where you can enjoy a scrumptious lunch.  Don't forget 14th Century Etal Castle - learn about the bloody history of Borders warfare, including the famous Battle of Flodden - then visit the Battlefield itself.

Returning to Heatherslaw, cross the bridge to Heatherslaw Cornmill, a working watermill still making quality flours using restored 19thC machinery.  View the whole milling process, buy the delicious products from the Gift Shop or taste in the Tearoom.  There's plenty for children to do, with a Victorian home corner, junior miller quiz and more.  You can even hire a bike from the Visitor Centre!

A short drive leads to Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre.  Meet the magnificent Clydesdales, learn the history between horse, water and steam power and watch traditional skills on special 'demo days'.

Last but not least visit peaceful Ford village, home to Lady Waterford Gallery.  This hidden gem served as the school for nearly 100 years and houses unique murals, paintings and sketches by Louisa Waterford, an acclaimed 19th century artist. With Victorian artefacts, children's activities and quizzes there's plenty to discover.  Explore with 'Footsteps round Ford' - don't miss Horseshoe Forge or St Michael's Church - then stop by one of the village tearooms.

Around 32 miles of footpaths and bridleways criss-cross the estates.  With stuning views, amazing wildlif and two SSSIs there's a route for you, whether a gentle stroll or an all-day cycle ride.  Horse riding, fishing and canoeing are also available.

Access and parking to the Estates is free and unlimited all year round, with admission-charging attractions open seasonally.  


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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.
Indoors at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Indoors
indoor and outdoor venues across the estates
Car parking available at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Car parking available
free car parking throughout the estates
Credit / debit cards accepted at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Sightseeing and Leisure 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 Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Toilet facilities
Public toilets open late Mar-early Nov
Picnic area at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Picnic area
picnic areas in villages & at Heatherslaw
Gift shop on site at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Sightseeing and Leisure 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 Sightseeing and Leisure 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 Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Reduced rates for children
 at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Sightseeing and Leisure Attraction Wheelchair friendly
not all areas of the estate are accessible - see access statement for details
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