Facing a small, triangular green in a tiny hamlet of stone cottages, the terraced, tree-shaded garden of this convivial old drovers' inn looks out over the River Tyne as it curves round to the Roman town of Corbridge. Enjoy a glass of High House Farm Nel's Best or Wylam Gold Tankard in the flagstone-floored, beamed bar. The bar itself is fashioned from a great oak sideboard, chamberpots hang from the ceiling and a cast-iron range may blaze away. The daily-changing menu might offer beetroot, goats’ curd, fennel and apple salad and hazelnut; pan-fried whole plaice, samphire and caper butter; or rich beef mince on goose fat toast, watercress and pickled red cabbage.
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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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