NORTHUMBERLAND’S HIDDEN GEMS WITH BLUE BADGE GUIDE
Walk across the causeway (tide permitting) to the mysterious HOLY ISLAND of Lindisfarne admiring breath-taking views of the North Sea and striking castle. Stand under Lindisfarne Priory’s famous ‘rainbow bridge’ and sense the sacred Anglo-Saxon epicentre of Christianity. Rumble through Northumberland and the Cheviot Hills on the HEATHERSLAW LIGHT RAILWAY, the most northerly steam railway in England. At LADY WATERFORD HALL discover wonderful biblical watercolour murals, painted in the 19th century by the Marchioness of Waterford and learn of her fascinating life and of her friendship with Queen Victoria.
ROKEBY PARK is ‘one of the purest examples of a neo-Palladian villa’ and is the private residence of the Morritt family who open their doors for a special private tour. Rokeby was the first Palladian style house to be built outside of London, it was sold fully furnished in 1769 and much of the original furniture and paintings remain there to this day. Outside there is no formal or man-made garden but a lawn surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty leading to a gorge and River Greta.
Reconnect with nature on a RIVERSHACK CRUISE. We cruise from Stockton to Preston Park on board an Irish open sided wooden boat. View the stunning scenery, local bird and river life and don’t be too surprised to see the occasional seal visiting through the Tees Barrage.
A millennium of turbulent, power-hungry history is waiting to be discovered at AUCKLAND CASTLE the historic seat of the Prince Bishops of Durham. This vast countryside estate overlooks the River Wear and is one of the best-preserved bishops palaces in Europe. Explore the state rooms, recently returned to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, the Throne Room and bishops former apartments.