With the official stay at home rule no longer being enforced in the UK from 29th March and travel outside your local area is allowed, I simply can’t wait to get back out there and exploring some new and old places within the North East. I just can’t wait for the days ahead and getting back to planning weekend/days off work outfits, picnics in the car/outside area and taking lots of photos. Creating memories is a key thing for me and this lockdown has made me appreciate things more especially where friends and family are concerned. Here’s are 5 places I can’t wait to explore.
Cragside is a Victorian country house near the town of Rothbury in Northumberland, England. It was the home of William Armstrong. Cragside was created by two remarkable individuals, Lord William and Lady Margaret Armstrong. With Lord Armstrong’s passion for engineering and innovation.
There’s plenty of things to do here, there’s the house to explore, beautiful gardens, two lakes and woodland areas. I’ve visited here many a times and each time has been just splendid. You do have to book up with National Trust at the moment even if you are a member.
The second largest coastal Dene in the county, consisting of relatively unspoilt ancient woodland and species rich limestone hay meadows. The woodland that developed within the dene is characteristic of the area and includes lime loving species such as elm, ash and large numbers of mature native yew on the northern slopes. At the coast you can follow the coastal path northwards up towards Seaham, or south towards Beacon Hill and onwards down the Durham Heritage Coast. Keen walkers can head Trust’s Blackhall Rocks reserve. I’ve not been here yet but can’t wait to explore somewhere new that’s not that far away, and is somewhere that’s been on my little list for quite some time.
Kiplin Hall is a Jacobean historic house at Kiplin in North Yorkshire, England, and a Grade I listed building. It stands by the River Swale in the Vale of Mowbray. Kiplin offers an award winning tearoom and scenic walks around the lake, through the woodland and parkland, and in the walled and formal gardens, and activities for all ages, Kiplin is an ideal place to experience North Yorkshire country living at its finest. I’ve visited this place a a few times as once you pay you get a years pass which makes it value for money. I love walking around the lake as it’s so peaceful and relaxing. I can’t wait to explore the house as it just looks gorgeous inside.
Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval building in Warkworth in the English county of Northumberland. The village and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet, less than a mile from England’s North-East coast. We passed this on our way back from Alnwick I think it was and it just looked so beautiful. You do need to pay to get in here but the ticket prices are reasonable. I can’t wait as I love explore castle grounds and the fact that it’s so close to the sea, what a bargain.
Seaton Delaval Hall.
Seaton Delaval Hall is a Grade I listed country house in Northumberland, England. It is near the coast just north of Newcastle upon Tyne. Located between Seaton Sluice and Seaton Delaval, it was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1718 for Admiral George Delaval; it is now owned by the National Trust. As it is National Trust you do need to pre book your visit. I’ve visited here a few times and the last time I was there they were doing development work on the house and expanding there woodland walks and garden area, so as you can imagine I’m dying to see it. This place is the perfect little afternoon walk just to get out and get some fresh air.
My list of places I want to explore is never ending whether thats here in the UK or aboard, I simply can’t wait to get back out there, hopefully it’s soon.
Do you have a list of where you’ll visit once we are allowed? I’d love to know.
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