Northumberland – Northern Romance
Romance means something different to everyone. For some it’s a moonlit walk along the beach, for others perhaps a night in by the fire with a glass of wine or a beautiful hotel with comfortable beds and spectacular views. It’s hard to get it exactly right, all the time, but if you’re looking for a getaway which incorporates all of the above then why not try something you may not have considered before?
Northumberland is England’s most northern county, rich in both geography and culture. The pastoral lowlands which slope towards the North Sea coast are rich and verdant and the rugged mountains to the north east a walker’s paradise. Northumberland may be the coldest of England’s counties and largely rural, but don’t let this put you off as it’s anything but barren. Quite the contrary; its scenic charm has led to Northumberland’s coastline being designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty and the Northumberland National Park has often been referred to as England’s most tranquil place.
So why choose Northumberland for your romantic getaway? The gentle roar of the sea, the call of the curlew and endless starry nights; Northumberland really does have it all and it’s no wonder that A Charlton described it as ‘romantic and rare’ because no matter which part of the county you might go to, one thing is evident; Northumberland is a place of quiet, unspoilt beauty. As the least densely populated place in Britain a holiday in Northumberland would be the perfect way to relax and unwind with your special someone, away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. There’s plenty on offer, from an apartment overlooking the sea to one of the many quaint cottages in Seahouses which is one of Northumberland’s quintessential sleepy little villages – great news for those of you who might want to be spontaneous. Many of the holiday properties to be found will afford you spectacular views out onto Northumberland’s unspoilt beaches and quaint quays. Take to the trees for a romantic candlelit dinner, go horse riding, walking, or take a relaxing hot air balloon ride – the possibilities are endless and thankfully there are also many options for those of you wishing to travel with families. Spacious accommodation in quiet locations means that you can all get a good night’s sleep and there are plenty of activities available for children, such as Alnwick Castle which was one of the venues used in the making of the Harry Potter films. Northumberland is also renowned for its musical traditions and uniquely entertaining traditional dances, performances of which are put on regularly for the public, so whether you want to go out or stay in, there’s always something on.
Northumberland has often been overlooked but its tourist trade has been steadily increasing over the years as more and more people start to become aware of its charm and worth as a holiday destination for those wanting something a little different. Buck the trend and migrate north this year, if only for a week or two.