While you’re staying at Willow Cottage in Wark on Tyne, why not take advantage of nearby attractions or simply take a relaxing walk in the local countryside.

The origins of Wark date back to the presumed presence of an Anglo-Saxon lordly residence or meeting hall (or moot) on the mound now known as Moat Hill. This overlooks the North Tyne river at what is now the south end of the village. It can be found a short distance to the east of the main road on the opposite side to the Battlesteads Hotel. This same strategic site was at one time used by Prince Henry of Scotland for a Motte and Bailey castle after he was made Earl of Northumberland in 1139.

In the 1300s a Pele Tower was built here, though this was destroyed in 1538. Moat Hill later became the site of a manor house, built in 1676, but almost nothing remains of the Manor House today. Part of that site is occupied by new homes.


Walking distance from Willow Cottage

Hareshaw Linn (5.6 miles north)
A popular walk from the nearby village of Bellingham to a picturesque waterfall. The path follows the Hareshaw Burn past the remains of the the village’s iron-making past to the wooded gorge where the stream tumbles it’s way towards the North Tyne. More information about Hareshaw Linn here – the waterfall is excellent as are sights along the way – bring some walking shoes.

Hexham Abbey (12 miles south)
“Few churches in the North of England equal the spectacular interior and monastic relics of Hexham” – Simon Jenkins, England’s Thousand Best Churches

Kielder Water and Forest Park (23 miles west)
Nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, explorers, walkers, cyclists, artists, families.. anyone looking to escape, set their own agenda and create new experiences will delight in everything the area has to offer.

Kielder Dark Skies Observatory (22 miles north)
Located in Kielder Water and Forest Park, approximately 3 miles frome Kielder village (signposted). It is England’s largest public observatory and has attracted more than 80,000 visitors since it opened. Kielder Dark Skies video link.

Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavillion (5 miles Northwest)
Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavillion is a free to access stargazing location in Kielder Forest and at the heart of the Northumerland International Dark Sky Park.
Stargazing Pavillion link

Cragside (28 miles northeast)
One of my favourite places to visit and celebrating over 200 years of a Geordie genius, discover the world of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. More on Cragside here

Alnwick Castle (39 miles northeast)
Home of the Percy family for 700 years, Alnwick Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in England and proudly known as “The Windsor of the North”.

Hadrian’s Wall (all over!)
Hadrian’s Wall is the best known frontier in the entire Roman Empire and stands as a reminder of past glories of one of the world’s greatest civilisations.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens (18 miles east)
The creation of the Middleton family for over seven centuries, Belsay has something to captivate everyone.

For Sports-minded people
There are many walks around the countryside : GOLF at Bellingham Golf Club Tel: 01434-220-530. For FISHING contact For SWIMMING at the Riverdale Hall Hotel Tel 01434-220-254

Around Wark

In the photos and text here, we’ve merely touched on the many, many things you can do while enjoying the comfort of your holiday base in our self-catering holiday destination, Willow Cottage.

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