Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway

Overview

Overview

Centred round the charming villages of Ford and Etal, 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 you’ll find it here on this privately owned country estate.

Heatherslaw is home to the most northerly steam train in England, Heatherslaw Light Railway.  This 15" gauge railway with steam locomotives "Bunty" and “Lady Augusta” 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! At Heatherslaw Station there’s a model railway room and a small gift shop, as well as an antique Fowler traction engine caravan displaying work by Imogen Louise Design.

Heatherslaw Cornmill lies a short walk over the bridge. This fascinating, fully restored and working 19th century watermill makes a range of flours using traditional methods and is open to the public to explore.  With many activities for children and an affordable admission charge this is a ‘must see’.  In addition there is a Visitor Centre, Tearoom, Papercut Artist and Jeweller.

Hay Farm lies between Heatherslaw and Etal and here you’ll find the Heavy Horse and Rare Breeds Centre.  Meet the Clydesdale horses and other rare breeds or take a  horse-drawn carriage rides (available on selected days – see website for details).

Ford village is home to the stunning Lady Waterford Hal, built in 1860 as the village school. Prepare to be amazed by the life-sized watercolour murals that line the walls of the building and hear the fascinating story of Louisa Marchioness of Waterford. 

Also in Ford:  tearooms, antiques and collectables, village shop/post office, cycle hire, guesthouses.

Etal village with its white painted buildings and thatched roofs is popular for refreshments with the choice of the Lavender Tearooms and the Black Bull pub.  Visit the castle, ransacked at the time of the nearby Battle of Flodden (1513) take a riverside walk or visit the beautiful St Mary’s Church.

Outdoor activities include canoeing, fishing, horse-riding and walking. 

Events are held throughout the year.

Access information

See Access Statement  on the Ford & Etal website

Road directions

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)

Public transport

Bus Service 267 from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Wooler (no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays)

Nearest train station:  Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Ticketing and entry prices for Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway

Type Entry for Guide price
Free
(Adult/Child/Concession)
1
£0.00
per ticket
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.

Dates & times for Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway, Ford and Etal Estate

From To
Sunday01/01/2017Tuesday31/12/2019
* Estates open and accessible all year round. Individual businesses have varying opening times and many are seasonal (March-October). Please see website for details.

Special offers

Discount Entry to Attractions   Joint Ticket - Heatherslaw Mill & Lady Waterford Hall

Get approximately 20% off standard admission rates to these two small, independent museums by purchasing a joint ticket at one of the venues.  The ticket can be used once at each venue, at any time in the current year.

Indoors at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Indoors Indoor and outdoor attrations and activities across the Estates.
Car parking available at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Car parking available Fee car parking throughout the Estates.
Credit / debit cards accepted at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Credit / debit cards accepted Accepted in most but not all venues - check website for details.
Toilet Facilities at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Toilet facilities Public toilets in Heatherslaw and Etal - open late March-early November.
Picnic area at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Picnic area Picnic areas in Etal, Ford and Heatherslaw.
Gift shop on site at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Gift shop on site Gift shop and Craft shop at Heatherslaw Cornmill; shops with sub post offices in Etal and Ford.
Open all year at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Open all year Admission charging attractions are open seasonally; grounds and some other venues open all year. Check website for details.
Reduced rates for children at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Reduced rates for children See website for admission charges.
 at Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway Family Attraction  Attraction Wheelchair friendly Some but not all areas of the estate are accessible - see Access Statement for details.

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