Gardens & Heritage

Gardens & Heritage


Start: Linden Hall

Finish: Linden Hall

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Linden Hall

The impressive Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club was built by merchant and banker Charles William Bigge in 1812. The beautiful 18th century manor house nestles in 450 acres of private grounds: the perfect country house hotel. Located 5 minutes off the A1, it boasts an 18-hole golf course, with swimming pool, health club and Spa facilities.

Journey Times

Day One

Linden Hall to Belsay Hall and Gardens 19 miles 60 minutes
Belsay Hall and Gardens to Heighley Gate 15 miles 40 minutes
Heighley Gate to Linden Hall  6 miles 15 minutes

Day Two

Linden Hall to Woodhorn Museum 16 miles 35 minutes
Woodhorn Museum to Bide-a-Wee 15 miles 40 minutes
Bide-a-Wee to Linden Hall  6 miles 15 minutes

Day One

Depart: Linden Hall 

Here’s how: 
Out of Linden Hall turn left onto the A697, before a slight left onto the A1.  Take the next exit towards A197 / A192.  When you reach the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Morpeth Northern Bypass. You will come to another roundabout where you need to take the third exit into Morpeth.  From Morpeth follow the signs for County Hall on the A192.  After the golf club turn right onto the B6524 towards Belsay.  When you arrive in Belsay village turn right onto the A696, the entrance to Belsay Hall and Gardens will be on your right hand side past the shop.

Arrive Belsay Hall and Gardens

Here’s Why: Belsay is the perfect place to discover how architecture and garden design developed across several centuries. The Hall has all the elegance and symmetry of a Greek temple and was designed in 1807 by Sir Charles Monck on return from his two yearlong European honeymoon. The Hall’s unusual Quarry Garden was also carefully planned by him to produce a feeling of drama and excitement and it still does.

Depart: Belsay Hall and Gardens

Arrive: Heighley Gate

Here’s How: Turn left onto the A696 take the next right onto B6524 for Morpeth. Arriving into Morpeth turn left onto the A197, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit following the A192 into the centre of Morpeth.  At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Bridge Street / A192. You’ll come to another roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Newgate Street continue to follow A192.  At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Morpeth Northern Bypass, reaching the next roundabout take the 2nd exit to stay on the Morpeth Northern Bypass.  Reaching the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A1 ramp and merge onto the A1, staying to the left continue onto the A697.  Follow the A697 and the destination will be on the right. 

Here’s Why: Set in the spectacular Northumberland countryside Heighley Gate Garden Centre is the North East's largest garden centre with its own nursery-grown plants. There is a wide variety of shopping and entertainment on offer, an indoor soft play area, dinosaur themed crazy golf course, a large restaurant, Costa Coffee, lots to see and do come rain or shine! A perfect stop for afternoon tea. 

Depart: Heighley Gate

Here’s How: Turn left onto the A697, continue to follow the road through the village of Longhorsley.  Take a right hand turn, signposted for Linden Hall. 


Day Two

Depart: Linden Hall

Here’s How: Out of the long driveway turn left onto the A697, continue to follow the road before taking a slight left onto the A1. Take the next exit towards A197 / A192. Reaching the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Morpeth Northern Bypass, before taking the 3rd exit at the next roundabout onto the A192.  At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Bridge Street / A192, go straight over at the next roundabout followed by the first exit of the following one. Continue to follow the A197, go through 2 roundabouts before taking the 4th exit onto the A197.  Continue following the A197 through 8 roundabouts before taking the 1st exit onto A189.  Following A189 you will pick up the signs for Woodhorn. 

Arrive: Woodhorn Museum 

Here’s Why: Woodhorn's original colliery structures and stunning modern building inspired by the monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground, feature entertaining and interactive displays to paint a picture of life in this former mining community. You can take an emotional journey through Coal Town and learn about the life and loves, tears and tragedies of a proud mining community. You can also explore the colliery buildings, hum along to a brass band, see the colourful miners' banner and even design your own banner.  Woodhorn Museum is home to The Ashington Group Collection - a unique collection of paintings by the artists more affectionately known as the Pitmen Painters whose story has been celebrated in the award winning play of the same name by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall.

Depart: Woodhorn Museum

Here’s How: At the end of the driveway turn left onto A189, reaching the roundabout go straight over before taking a right hand turn.  Turn left into Longhirst village and continue to follow the B1337. Take a right and right again before turning left onto the A1.  Take the next right, followed by right onto the A697. Turn left onto Whinney Lane.  At the junction take a right for approximately one mile then turn left. Follow the road, keeping left at the junction, the destination will be on your left. 

Arrive: Bide-a-Wee

Here’s Why: A unique quarry garden richly and diversely planted with perennials ferns and grasses, including the National collection of Centaurea. Paths wind through rock and water, and it offers a delight to the senses. Groups are given exclusive out of hour’s access, each party is welcomed with an introductory talk and a cup of freshly made tea or filter coffee served in the old cottage, members of the team are on hand to answer questions.

Depart: Bide-a-Wee

Here’s How: Turn right out of Bide-a-Wee, at the junction turn right in the direction of Longhorsley, continue to follow the signs for Longhorsley until you reach the centre of the village. Take a right turn onto the A697 for approximately one mile, take the next right for Linden Hall.

Arrive: Linden Hall


Places in this itinerary

Macdonald Linden Hall
NE65 8XF

Set within stuninng 450 acres of Northumberland countryside, the hotel boasts a health club and spa facilities alongside an 18 hole golf course. We have an award winning restaurant and a pub, and the relaxing lounges and drawing rooms are perfect for morning coffee and afternoon teas. Take advantage of the surrounding grounds for long walks with the wildlife.

Belsay Hall
NE20 0DX

Lose yourself at Belsay with its unique combination of Grecian architecture, medieval ruins, formal terraces and lush jungle-esque Quarry Garden.

The historic Woodhorn site
NE63 9YF

Discover Northumberland's proud industrial heritage at a stunning historic site featuring art by the famous Pitmen Painters and an exciting exhibition programme. 

Heighley Gate
NE61 3DA

Set in the spectacular Northumberland countryside Heighley Gate Garden Centre is one of the largest Garden Centres in the Uk. An ideal day out destination or refreshment stop for group travel come rain or shine, easily accessible from the A1, plenty of coach parking available, shopping, a large restaurant, Costa Coffee plus much more!

quarry pond
NE65 8PR

A Royal Horticultural Society partner garden with two acres, richly and diversely planted.

Morpeth Tourist Information Centre Chantry
NE61 1PD

Morpeth Tourist Information Centre is housed in medieval splendour in the 13th Century Morpeth Chantry, famous Northumbrian Bagpipe Museum, and highly regarded Northumbrian Art and Crafts Centre. Music and Arts events are held throughout the year.

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