WHAT TO DO
Welcome to Chatton, one of the most remote and beautiful corners of Northumberland. Lying in the picturesque Glendale, near the Cheviot hills, we are situated on the river Till and offer breathtaking countryside views. Being in close proximity to the spectacular coastline of North East and The National Park, we are the perfect place to explore everything our fantastic region has to offer.
Local information/things to see & do
With more than 30 miles of beaches to explore, the Northumberland Coast is like nowhere else in the world.
This area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is steeped in 8000 years of human history and offers fantastic walks, cycle paths, watersports, and plenty of other outdoor pursuits. Big sandy beaches, offshore islands teeming with native wildlife, penny arcades, and ancient castles will keep the whole family entertained for an afternoon or all week.
• Bamburgh Castle & Beach – Take me there
Sat on top of a volcanic outcrop above the spectacular Northumberland Coastline with striking sea views and beautiful sandy beach, the picturesque Bamburgh Castle is located only a 20-minute drive away (11 miles). Open all year round, the castle’s extensive grounds include the ruins of St Peter’s Chapel, two museums, staterooms, and stables. The beach below is also the perfect place to go for long, wind-swept walks at any time of year.
• Grace Darling Museum – Take me there
Situated in the heart of beautiful Bamburgh village, the Grace Darling Museum is only a 20-minute drive away (11 miles). Founded by the RNLI, the museum commemorates the life of Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine, who risked her life to rescue nine survivors after a shipwreck in 1838. Open all year round.
• Farne Islands – Take me there
Situated 2-3 miles off the Northumberland coast, between the fishing village of Seahouses and Bamburgh Castle are the Farne Islands. Multiple boat trips to climb aboard and see one of the most famous sea bird sanctuaries in England, there is also a large colony of Atlantic Seals regularly spotted on these trips! The car parking location near the harbor is a 30-minute drive (19 miles) from us.
• Holy Island – Take me there
Accessible by car during safe crossing times and a 25-minute drive (18 miles) from us, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is linked to the mainline by a long causeway. Twice a day the tide sweeps in from the North Sea covering the road. There are many walks around the Island and plenty to see including St Mary’s Church, Lindisfarne Castle & Priory.
• Beadnell Bay Beach – Take me there
With its small harbor, beautiful golden sand coastline, and views to the distant Cheviot Hills, Beadnell Beach is a wonderful walk and accessible all year round. Located a 25-minute drive (16.5 miles) away from us.
• Dunstanburgh Castle – Take me there
Reachable via a beautiful 1-mile walk along the Northumberland Coast from the nearby village of Craster, the car park is a 30-minute drive (9.5 miles) away from us. Once one of the largest and grandest fortifications in Northern England, Dunstanburgh Castle is an iconic ruin and open all year round.
The Cheviot is the highest point in the Northumberland National Park at 815 meters. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Lake District and even, some claim, Edinburgh. A millstone slabbed pathway on the summit is part of the long-distance route, the Pennine Way, on its last few miles.
Alnwick Castle & Gardens
Alnwick Castle is home to the Duke of Northumberland and instantly recognisable as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy. Open from March – November and has something for everyone – from film tours, historical exhibitions, or impressive architecture.
Adjacent to the Castle is the iconic Alnwick Gardens. Several themed plantings have been designed around a central water cascade and has won several prestigious awards. With so much to see and do, it’s hard to know where to start but it will certainly keep you (and the kids) busy all day long.
Both Alnwick Castle & Alnwick Gardens are less than half an hour’s drive from The Percy Arms.
Not only is it one of the largest second-hand bookstores in Europe, but Barter Books is also a shopping experience like no other and has 350,000 visitors each year. This local treasure trove is located in the Victorian Alnwick railway station and still operates a bartering purchase system, although standard cash payments are also available. With a coffee shop, gift shop, and plenty of quiet corners, you could easily spend an hour or all day here.
Named ‘Britain’s most haunted historic castle’ and boasting some of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the country, Chillingham Castle is located on the edge of Chatton village and only a 6-minute drive away. Famous for their ghost tours and idyllic grounds, the castle and ‘formal gardens’ are fully open to the public from Easter until the end of October.
Chillingham Wild Cattle Park
With stunning scenic views across Northumberland and the Cheviots, Chillingham Park is situated on the outskirts of Chatton and only a 5 minute drive away. Famous for being home to the only herd of wild cattle in the world and can only be visited with a warden, who will take you as close as safely possible and explain their recent history and way of life.
Chatton Trout Fishery
Aiming to provide the highest quality trout fly fishing in peaceful and relaxed surroundings, Chatton Trout Fishery consists of four lakes and is only a 2-minute drive away. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 8:30am-4:30pm (closing times may differ depending on weather conditions).
St Cuthbert’s Cave Walk
Managed by the National Trust, this popular walking route is surrounded by woodland and leads to St Cuthbert’s Cave. The cave is an overhanging outcrop of sandstone rock, supported by an isolated pillar of stone. The Monks of Lindisfarne reputedly brought St Cuthbert’s body to the site in AD875 following Viking raids on the island. The route runs for almost 2 miles and includes a short climb to a viewpoint, from where you can see the nearby Holy Island.
Ford & Etal
The estates of Ford & Etal lie in the valley of the River Till, situated just a 23-minute drive (14.7 miles) from us. Open all year round and with plenty to see and do including the historic Ford Castle, remains of Etal Castle, Heatherslaw Corn Mill, or hop aboard the Heatherslaw light railway train.