Heatherslaw is a restored, fully operational 19th-century watermill, making quality stoneground flour from locally grown wheat. Visitors can view the milling process from grain to flour, sample the delicious produce in the tea room, and buy flour to take home. There are bread-making sessions for families in school holidays, a Victorian workers' cottage to explore, and Victorian costumes for visitors of all ages to try on. Children will enjoy and learn with Mill Mouse Trails and Junior Miller quizzes. Heatherslaw is also part of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Visitor Centre (opp Mill) full accessible, 2 parking bays
- Opening Times: Open late Mar-Oct 10-5 (last admission 30mins before closing). Shorter hours early & late season
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About the area
If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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