Bellingham

Enjoy your holiday break at Hollyberry Cottage in Bellingham. The village  is known as the “gateway town” to Kielder Water and Forest Park – and the town has a thriving community that supports a cafe, three pubs and good shopping facilities. The town is popular for fishing and of course the golf course. It is an excellent base for exploring some of Northumberland’s best-known attractions such as Keilder Water and is only around 12 miles from Hadrian’s wall.

Hareshaw Linn walk is an excellent 2.5 mile walk through countryside and is minutes away from Hollyberry Cottage.  The walk passes the remains of an old ironworks, an area once home to a number of iron and coal mines – and ends at a magnificent 30ft waterfall.

Bellingham Heritage Centre is the museum for the North Tyne and Redewater area of Northumberland and celebrates Bellingham’s rich industrial and cultural past and there are sections on the Border Country Railway which operated until 1958 – and a display on the Border Reivers with a fascinating insight into robbery and violence that was rife in the 16th century. There are permanent exhibitions on the Reivers, mining, farming, the Stannersburn smithy, the railway and the work of a local photographer. The centre holds special exhibitions throughout the year and has a database of local family names, as well as over 2600 photographs dating from the early 1900s.