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.
See Access Statement on the Ford & Etal website
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)
Bus Service 267 from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Wooler (no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays)
Nearest train station: Berwick-upon-Tweed
|Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway is a venue for ...|
|"Looking Back", Cornhill-on-Tweed(Farmers Markets)|
|Ford Christmas Market, Cornhill-on-Tweed(Fairs and Fetes)|
|Ford & Etal Estates, Cornhill-on-Tweed(Group Attraction)|
|Halloween Week, Cornhill-on-Tweed(Family event)|
|Type||Entry for||Guide price|
|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.|
|* Estates open and accessible all year round. Individual businesses have varying opening times and many are seasonal (March-October). Please see website for details.|
indoor and outdoor venues across the estates
Car parking available
free car parking throughout the estates
Credit / debit cards accepted
accepted in most but not all venues - check website for details
Public toilets open late Mar-early Nov
picnic areas in villages & at Heatherslaw
Gift shop on site
gift shop at Heatherslaw Cornmill; shops in Etal and Ford
Open all year
admission charging attractions are open seasonally; grounds and some other venues open all year
Reduced rates for children
not all areas of the estate are accessible - see access statement for details