Useful Suggestions

Apple Tree Cottage is set in the heart of the quiet, peaceful village of Belford. The cottage is centrallly located between the moors and hills of Northumberland National Park and the sandy beaches of the coast, making it a great location in which to explore and experience Northumberland! We recommend looking at and for ideas of what to do etc. in this beautiful county of Northumberland.

To help we have put together some of our favourites to help you get started:



For hill walking, visit the Cheviots via Wooler, where there are numerous marked pathways
and breath taking walks (and only 9 miles away from Apple Tree Cottage). For example you could do an exhilarating walk with equally exhilarating panoramic views from the top of Humbleton Hill, in the Cheviots. This particular walk is approximately 5 miles and takes 2-3 hours. For more imformation on this and many other walks visit:

Or you could try some local walks, for example walking from Apple Tree Cottage to St Cuthbert’s Cave and enjoy views of Lindisfarne and as far as Berwick Upon Tweed. Alternatively, you could choose a long circular walk, or from many other shorter and equally scenic options in the same area. For more information please visit:

Coastal walk, from Budle Bay (approx 2.3 miles from Apple Tree Cottage) to Bamburgh is another one of our favourites. For more details please visit:

Alternatively you can travel North (11 miles from the cottage) to Holy Island or Lindisfarne. Joined to the mainland by a causeway exposed twice daily at low tide, you can enjoy a three mile walk around Lindisfarnes shores and at the same time visit the Castle and Prior, where the famous Gospels were written.



Belford hosts its own 9 hole golf course (5 minutes walk from the cottage). Or perhaps try thr 18 hole coastal courses of Bamburgh, Seahouses, Embleton and Alnmouth. Or the inland courses at Berwick, Alnwick or Wooler.


Rock Climbing

Only 5 minutes in the car from the cottage, along the B6349 to Wooler and you can find Kyloe Crags. Further afield is the Simonside Hills near Rothbury (e.g. Garleigh Crags). Its a scenic car journey of around 28 miles to get to Rothbury and it is well worth a visit for rock climbers and visitors alike. Near to Rothbury there is also ‘Cragside’, a National Trust House and Gardens, which was also the first house to have electricity. Go to ‘Northumbrian Climbing Guide’ at for more information.

For ‘instruction and help’ for many outdoor activities including rockclimbing please visit:


Horse Riding

There are plenty of different options to take up whilst horseriding in Northumberland. A ‘local’ riding school, Swinhoe Farm, is only 2.6 miles away from Apple Tree Cottage.



Apple Tree Cottage has plenty of storage to safely keep your bikes. Two examples of popular local routes include Belford to Holy Island and Belford to Town Yetholm. Look for more information at and



The Northumberland coastline offers numerous opportunities to launch your own boat, such as at Lower Newton or Beadnell Bay (only 10.5 miles away). For lessons and instructions in all kinds of watersports you can visit Coquet Shorebase Trust in Amble.






Bird Watching

The Daily Telegraph described Northumberland as a ‘birder’s paradise’ and they weren’t exagerating! Northumberland is a county of diverse habitats, rare species and breeding colonies of international significance. You can witness it for yourself in the National Park or coastal areas such as Budel Bay and the Farne Islands.


Boat Trips

Boat trips are a great way to experience some of the vast array of wildlife Northumberland has to offer. Take trips from Seahouses to the Farne Islands, homes to busling seabird and seal colony.


Places of Interest

Just incase all of the above wasnt enough, here are a few more places you might like to consider:

  • Beaches: Embleton, Beadnell and Bamburgh
  • Castles: Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Walkworth and Chillingham
  • National Trust Houses: Craigside and Wallington Hall
  • Gardens: Alnwick and Howick Hall