Where coast meets countryside
Charming Belford is tucked away near Northumberland’s coastline but almost equidistant to its countryside, only a short drive from Northumberland National Park. The village itself has a close-knit, welcoming community and offers a cluster of independent shops, inns, restaurants and coffee shops.
Take a peek inside Belford Museum, formed by Belford Community Group and boasting exhibitions, fascinating memorabilia and an array of events. Pop into Sunnyhills of Belford, a popular eatery-stroke-local farm shop, with piles of organic produce on display and a menu of fresh, local foods to savour. Everything from frothy coffees to local ales are served here, as well as indulgent ice creams from the ice cream parlour.
Set out on a walk to St Cuthbert’s Cave, just a few miles from Belford, where Lindisfarne monks reputedly brought St Cuthbert’s body in AD875 following Viking raids on Holy Island. Grab your binoculars and head to nearby Waren Mill and Budle Bay to watch thousands of waders and wildfowl on the tidal lagoon there. Hop on and off the Arriva Bus to the coastal villages of Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell.