Northumberland's Border Country
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Northumberland's Border Country

Northumberland's Border Country

Northumberland's Border Country


Start: Holiday Inn

Finish: Holiday Inn

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Holiday Inn

A modern Newcastle hotel in quiet grounds just outside the city with a newly refurbished leisure club and bedrooms Holiday Inn® Newcastle - Gosforth Park hotel sits in a peaceful setting close to the junction of the A1 and A19 roads making this perfect access available to tour Northumberland. All 151 bedrooms are of a good size with TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and air conditioning. The bedrooms are over two floors, there is no lift but plenty of ground floor rooms. All the bedrooms hold a double bed with twin rooms holding two double beds. Shower cubicles are available as well as bedrooms with baths. There's free WiFi throughout the hotel. Large free onsite car park with ample space for coaches.

Journey Times

Holiday Inn to Berwick Upon Tweed 55 miles 1 hour 10 minutes
Berwick Upon Tweed to Ford & Etal Estates 11 miles 20 minutes
Ford & Etal to Holiday Inn 48 miles 1 hour

Here’s how: Head north on the A1 following the signs for Morpeth / Berwick. You will reach a roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A1167, follow this road to the roundabout where you will take the 2nd exit staying on the A1167. This will take you into Berwick town centre.

Arrive Berwick Upon Tweed

Here’s Why: Berwick upon Tweed is undoubtedly a town with several stories, all of them fascinating. The town has a violent history which saw the town change hands between England and Scotland at least 13 times in 300 years of border warfare. The remnants of this turbulent past can be seen in the structure of the town and the buildings of Berwick. For Christian heritage interest, Holy Trinity Church is a “must see” as it was one of the very few churches built in England during the Commonwealth period of the 17th century. Don’t miss the town’s Elizabethan ramparts or some of the first purpose built army barracks in Great Britain at Berwick Barracks.

Depart: Berwick Upon Tweed

Arrive: Ford & Etal Estate

Here’s How: Follow the A1167 out of Berwick. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Prince Edward Rd/A1167. Continue to follow A1167 before turning right onto Etal Rd/B6354. Turn right onto A1 signed for Edinburgh, turn left at the 1st cross street onto B6354 follow the signs for Ford & Etal.
NB: There are different attractions on this estate which you will need to drive too.

Here’s Why: Ford and Etal are a hidden gem of Northumberland, a privately-owned rural estate in the foothills of the Cheviots. Offering a range of all-weather attractions and activities including steam railway, heavy horse centre, famous battlefield, Victorian Cornmill, picture-postcard villages, quirky tearooms and stunning scenery there’s something for every age and interest.

Depart: Ford & Etal Estate

Here’s How: Join the B6353 by turning left then sharp right.  Take a left turn onto the A697 for approximately 36 miles.  Take a slight left onto the A1 signposted for Newcastle. Take the A19 exit towards Cramlington / Blyth.  At the roundabout, take the 1st exit. The hotel will be on your right.

Arrive: Holiday Inn

Places in this itinerary

NE13 6BP

Holiday Inn® Newcastle - Gosforth Park hotel offers smart rooms and a laid-back, group friendly restaurant in a peaceful rural setting just north of Newcastle. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and ample free coach parking which is all onsite.  Work out in the leisure centre, clock a few laps in the indoor pool and wind down in the sauna. 

Debs In the Kitchen
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Home baked and individually hand packed.

Choice of menus. No queues, No hassle! 

Don't divert, we Deliver!  



Berwick TIC
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Berwick is the most Northerly town in England, famous for its Elizabethan Walls, three iconic bridges, thriving culture scene, wildlife and beaches. 

Heatherslaw Light Railway
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A short drive from Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Scottish Borders and the holy island of Lindisfarne, this vast rural estate set in magnificent countryside is steeped in history, being home to a variety of attractions, activities, tearooms and gift/craft shops. Visit for a couple of hours or a whole day.

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