The Ford and Etal Estates are home to Northumberland’s hidden gems - two picturesque villages that help to support a vibrant tourist economy. For those who love the outdoors, horse riding, canoeing, fishing, walking, and cycling, it’s about time you took a trip to Ford & Etal.
Boasting a castle, a world-famous battlefield, and a steam light railway, you’ll never be short of something to do here. Roam the grounds of Etal Castle, a 14th-century masterpiece built by Robert Manners as a defense against the Scots. The castle is also home to an award-winning exhibition and immerse yourself in the Anglo-Scottish warfare of Northumberland’s border castle.
Kick back and relax at the Black Bull - the only thatched pub in Northumberland. It is welcoming to both visitors and locals to enjoy their beer and delicious food. You can also see Etal Castle from here, giving you a chance to admire the ancient fortress from a distance.
Commissioned in 1860, Lady Waterford Hall isn’t to be missed during your visit to Ford & Etal. Now the village hall, its walls are donned with Lady Waterford’s art and there are often activities for those of all ages to take part in.
For those who love to walk, take one of the historic footpaths or bridleways to see phenomenal views across North Northumberland. Stumble upon Ford Moss Nature Reserve, a wonderland of flora and fauna for nature enthusiasts to marvel over.
Explore the 19th century Heatherslaw Cornmill on the banks of the River Till to truly experience the sight, sound, and smell of a traditional mill. Embrace the 700-year-old history, or just relax at the Heatherslaw Tearooms with a hot drink and a slice of cake.
Take a trip across the bridge from the cornmill to the Heatherslaw Steam Light Railway, the most northerly steam railway in England. Why not go for a ride on one of the steam locomotives to Etal Castle, with a return journey of 50 minutes, there is plenty of scenery to be admired.