It is bright and beautiful here in Northumberland right now. Temperatures are hovering in the late teens in the afternoons and the skies are full of birds. All of autumn has its offerings in the Northumbrian countryside, from woodland walks as the leaves fall to the leaping salmon in the Tyne, below Hexham’s bridge in October. Prices are lower and villages and country pubs quieter, so you will get the best of both worlds. And there’s still time to snuggle down and glamp, with a roaring wood fire to warm your hands by and a FREE third night in October - with baby woodburners and bushcraft on their way.
Salmon Leaping in Hexham
In October, settle yourself down beneath Hexham’s graceful, nine-arched stone bridge and watch those salmon leap. Brave salmon push against the flow of the Tyne, driven by their urge to spawn way up in the valleys where they were born. It’s quite a spectacle, watching the fish dance and tumble in the clear, beery brown brew of the river – and also proof of the purity of the Tyne. Those 40 000 salmon making that arduous annual pilgrimage are very sensitive to pollution and enjoy the clean water as much as you enjoy watching them.
Read this Guardian feature about the salmon. Photograph from Guardian.
Hexham House Cottage
Ten miles from the leaping salmon is pretty Hexham House Cottage, in cute Wark village (dog friendly and sleeps 2 + 2).
The wood burning stove means you’ll be toasty and warm every night, after those long walks by the river and snug evenings at home or in nearby country pubs - at a cost of from just £80 per night.
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Third Night FREE in October & Baby Woodburners & Bushcraft on their Way
Dark Sky Glamping put the warmth into their tipis and bell tents, so that Glampsters can enjoy autumn as much as summer. Tipis are £165 per couple for 2 nights (3rd free in October) and bell tents £130 - and bushcraft weekends and baby woodburners are coming soon.
Toasty quilts, throws, cushions, throws and rugs, and the consignment of logs for a fire, mean that autumns could be the very best time to enjoy the Hadrian’s Wall location of the Glamping Village.
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Woodland Walks at Broomley
There are many woodland walks in the unspoilt Tyne Valley. What Broomley Woods has to offer is the combination of enjoying a walk amongst the turning leaves of the woodlands right down to the Fords, a perfect place to rest awhile with a flask of coffee or a nip of something stronger and watch that water fall in peace. Walk a little further and you can see Cherryburn, the birthplace of renowned engraver Thomas Bewick.
Woodland Escape - Low Rigg
Low Rigg (sleeps 8) country house is a walk away from Broomley Woods – and has a little woodland escape all of its own in the private grounds of the house. Low Rigg also has a roomy conservatory to curl up in, a long terrace for al fresco socialising, big country kitchen and an open fire to relax by last thing – everything you need to enjoy autumn in Northumberland. This generous country house can accommodate 8 people - at a cost from £195 per night.
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