Here at William De Percy, we are lucky to be positioned in the heart of the stunning Northumberland countryside, an area bursting with quaint little villages just waiting to be explored! If you are looking to escape the crowds of the city and finding a relaxing spot to escape to for the weekend, you couldn’t find a more idyllic setting than the county of Northumberland. Northumberland is burgeoning with fishing ports, market towns, and hidden hamlets deep in the valleys of the Northumberland National Park. If you fancy an explore, we couldn’t recommend this area enough and as natives to the area we wanted to put together a list of our favorite little villages in Northumberland…
Corbridge is famed for its quaint beauty, with a pretty high street and it’s plethora of small shops with their decorated fronts it makes a great spot for a wander. Once a garrison town for Roman soldiers and a safe crossing place over the Tyne, houses here are built with stone hewn from the Roman town of Corstopitum, where today’s Corbridge grew from. View the remains of this ancient Roman Site on the outskirts of the village. In addition to this history, enjoy music, street theatre, festival stalls and a beer tent offering a range of ale, cider and wine at the annual Corbridge Festival.
Belsay is a small village in central Northumberland, and is home to two historic attractions. The older is Belsay Castle, a 14th-century fortified manor with a tall pele tower. It was constructed about 1370 and was home to the powerful Middleton family. Nearby is the fascinating shell of Belsay Hall, an ornate Victorian mansion built for Sir Charles Monck in the early 19th century.
On the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Seahouses is an uncommonly pretty fishing village with a working port. The village boasts handsome harbour, where you can climb aboard boats for seal-spotting trips or adventures to the Farne Islands just offshore. There are sand dunes and enormous sandy beaches both up and down the coast, and if you’ve ever fancied horseback riding you can saddle up for a ride here by the water, in the most romantic setting imaginable.
Bamburgh draws holidaymakers in with it’s hilly sand dunes and exceptional castle. This mighty landmark stands on a volcanic plateau and was the throne of the Norse Kings of Northumbria, boasting medieval Norman architecture, but with a tale that begins as far back as the 400s. There’s another angle to the allure of Bamburgh – the village has a museum for a Victorian resident, Grace Darling who was the daughter of the Longstone Lighthouse keeper on the rocks off the coast. In 1838 she helped rescue nine people from the wreck of the Forfarshire paddle steamer, becoming a national folk hero in the process.
A lovely seaside village at the mouth of the Aln river, Alnmouth was once a busy port until a 19th-century storm changed the course of the river. There may have been a settlement here as early as the 7th century, and Alnmouth has been suggested as the site of a synod in 684 to decide on a bishop for the diocese of Hexham. The Normans built a new town here, and a church dedicated to St. Waleric was erected on Church Hill.
Wylam is a lovely village with a rich railway heritage – it’s the birthplace of one of Britain’s railway pioneers, George Stephenson! Dubbed the ‘Father of the Railway’ George Stephenson invented the ‘Rocket’, the famous railway locomotive and he was born in a cottage close to the centre of the village! You can even go visit his home thanks to the work of the National Trust.
Last but certainly not least is Otterburn, our nearest village her at William De Percy! Otterburn is a village made famous by a battle! On the outskirts of the village you’ll find the site of the famous Battle of Otterburn in 1388 when the English army suffered a bloody defeat to the Scots, which was led by the Earl of Douglas. Otterburn lies in pretty Redesdale countryside, in the heart of the Cheviot Hills, beside the River Rede where it is joined by the Otter Burn.
This is only a small selection of the best little villages in beautiful Northumberland and there is an abundance of more places to be explored. If you are interested in visiting this area rich with history and natural beauty, you won’t find a better spot to rest your head than William De Percy. We have accomodation, food and drink and are even dog friendly! If this sounds right up your street, give us a call and book today for an experience you won’t regret!