Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

The sun was out, the forecast was looking good and it was time to get my hiking boots on and prepare for my Hadrians Walk Challenge in June. I’ve been training at Simonside for the past couple of months but needed a long distance walk. I chose my favourite walk, Craster to Amble. It’s a total of 15.5 miles, not for the faint hearted.

Rollo was my walking buddy this time as Woody is a little too old now for the long distant walks. We set off from Craster car park at around 9:45am. It was slightly chilly to start off with but after a mile I’d sufficiently warmed up and the jacket was off.

We took in the sights of Howick Bathing House overlooking the sea, what stunning views. Further along there is a cove area, where we watched a family playing catch and enjoying the warmer and most certainly milder temps. Great place for a BBQ.

Over the bridge and upwards as we hiked up towards Boulmer, a lovely place for a pit stop at the Fishing Boat Inn, but please note it’s not dog friendly. There is seating at the back of the pub which overlooks the sea. We didn’t stop this time, we carried on, eager to get to Alnmouth Beach. We walked through the countryside, taking us away from the sea briefly and through a small caravan park with caravans just next to the dunes. We were rewarded by this entrance to the beach. Absolutely gorgeous.

A long stretch of beach, where you will find lots of dogs enjoying the sea and playing catch – not so many that it becomes over crowded. You see plenty of families enjoying rock pooling too and maybe a few paddle boards.

With Alnmouth in our sights, I was feeling slightly tired from not stopping, so I was really looking forward to a pint at the Red Lion and Rollo was looking forward to a drink of water and a chance to have a rest. The sun was beaming and needless to say I was looking a little flushed. This was our half way mark and I was going to walk back but I got a call from my mam and she said she was going to Amble for lunch so thought I’d join her. I just needed to keep the pace up.

After a 20 minute rest, we headed out of Alnmouth and on towards Warkworth. This is a flat walk, never seems to end, I think it’s around 4 miles of walking along a footpath/cycle path. Follow the road along and take a little detour so your not walking on the road as you are just about to enter the very picturesque Warkworth. We stopped to take some images of the Castle and River Coquet.

 

Again, we didn’t stop for a pit stop as much as we wanted too, I needed to get to Amble for 3:30pm and I had another 3 miles to walk. So pushing on we were soon rewarded by the glorious sights of Amble. Never been so happy! After lunch we drove back to pick the car up and then headed straight back to Stag Lodge for a well deserved glass of wine and a hot tub.

If you are planning a holiday in Northumberland, make sure you check out our availability, we have a stunning collection of luxury lodges, all of which have their very own private hot tubs and we are super dog friendly. Find us on Facebook and join our community group, we are always sharing news on what’s happening in and around Northumberland, best places to visit and chatting with our past and future guests.

We hope to welcome you to Northumberland, I’m already planning my next walk and it takes place in Rothbury, with a visit around the grounds.

Mel x

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

One of the reason’s I relocated to Northumberland from Newcastle was because I enjoyed the many walks with Woody. We have walked miles upon miles, exploring the rich heritage and taking in the breathtaking views. Thrunton Wood is definitely in my top 10 of walks. You can walk for a couple of miles or you can take different routes and notch up those miles. This walk, we managed 9 miles.

These images were taken on the 11th February 2018, below I will post some of my images taken in July and October in 2017. It’s a fantastic place all year around to explore.

Thrunton WoodsThrunton Woods

For more information on the walks, maps and other useful information, please visit Thrunton Woods Foresty Gov website

From Acorn Leisure Holidays (Felmoor Holiday Park), the postcode for the satnav is: NE66 4SD

Thrunton WoodsThrunton Woods View

Thrunton Woods CyclistsThrunton Woods Cave

If you are looking to visit Northumberland, we have a collection of 2 and 3 bedroom lodges, all are dog friendly and they come with their very own private hot tub. Perfect for relaxing after a walk in the countryside. You can view our collection of luxury lodges here. If you have an enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact, simply visit here.

Thanks for reading, Mel x

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

What day do you class as a “Takeaway Night”, for me it’s a Thursday and a Saturday night! A takeaway, movie or in my case watching “Altogether Now”, hot tub and a bottle of wine. Perfect weekend. I am quite often asked for recommendations on where to eat or collect a takeaway, this blog is all about curries.

I had the pleasure of returning to my favourite Indian Restaurant with Tracey from Northumberland Eats a couple of weeks ago. Lal Khazana is located in Shilbottle, it’s literally a 10 minute drive from our lodges on Felmoor Holiday Park. Unfortunately at the moment they do not do deliveries but you can collect. We often dine in about twice a month – and often get takeaways, it’s that good!

I always get popadoms with extra helpings of mint sauce. I know that’s not the correct name, but everyone know’s what I mean. I also ask for extra onions, but I’m not a fan of the mango chutney and the spicy one, I’ve tried it but I just prefer the onion and mint. Simple lass. For starters, we had the Khazana mixed platter for two which consisted of a selection of special chicken kebab, chicken tikka, sheek kebab, onion bhaji and king prawn butterfly – great value at £8.50.

lal khazana popadomsLal Khazana Mixed Platter

I practically starved myself all day as I was so looking forward to feasting here, good job because the portion sizes are very generous. Next up for mains, Tracey opted for the Chinghri Sagwala which is prawns and fresh spinach cooked with garlic, ginger and a mixture of spices, garnished with fresh coriander. I had a sample of this as it’s not normally what I would go for, it’s very tasty but I prefer the massala and balti dishes. I opted for the chicken balti, cooked in special sauce with garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Spiced in a bend of aromatic spices. Oh my, I love this dish. I usually opt for a chiken tikka masala – I did ask for a small pot of that sauce though, so I could dip the nan bread in 🙂

Lal Khazan King PrawnLal Khazana Chicken Balti

We complimented our meal with garlic (again) and plain nan bread, pilau rice and Tracey got a side dish of dhal to try.

Lal Khazana RiceLal Khazana Dhal

My mum always get’s the bengali sizzler. She highly recommends this dish, an image taken from Lal Khazana’s website below.You can view their online take away and dine in menu here, and the contact details for ease are: Tel: 01665 575 880 | Mob: 07800 635 340

Address is: Deanmoor Road, West End, Shilbottle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2YP

They are open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays, from 5:30pm – 11pm

Lal Khazana Bengali Sizzler

If you decide to visit when stopping with Acorn Leisure Holidays, let us know what you thought, we’d love to see some pics too. Maybe I’ll try something else next time. Have a great evening, Mel x

 

 

 

 

Northumberland Walks: Simonside & Rothbury

Northumberland Walks: Simonside & Rothbury

Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

Northumbrian Walks: Craster to Amble

A stunning coastal walk taking in the stunning scenery as we walked from Craster to Amble in Northumberland. Rollo and I completed 15.5 miles with a couple of pit stops at some dog friendly pubs. After our long walk, we tucked into some delicious food at the Wellwood Arms in Amble and headed home so I could chill out and ease the muscles in our hot tub at Stag Lodge. Available to rent all year round, Stag is perfectly central to getting out and exploring Northumberland.

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Dine In: Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Plough Boutique Inn, Alnwick

Dine In: Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Plough Boutique Inn, Alnwick

A delicious afternoon tea for two at the Plough Boutique Inn in Alnwick. They also have a fabulous sister restaurant in Craster Northumberland, best known for it’s fresh sea food. If you are visiting the area, make sure you call into The Plough. Super tasty food, relaxed environment, plenty of gin and it’s dog friendly too.

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Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

We love walking in Northumberland, this is one of my favourite walks. We visited Thrunton Woods and hiked for around 9 miles. Stunning views of the Cheviot. It’s a popular place to visit for families, dog walkers, cyclists and the occasional horse riders. Miles upon miles of different tracks. It is a steep and steady incline to the top, so make sure you take refreshments and a picnic.

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I moved from Newcastle to Northumberland just over 3 years ago and I’ve never looked back. It’s easy to get fit when there are so many walks and places to visit, it also helps that the majority of pit stops are dog friendly. Woody certainly appreciated a welcome break for a glass of water and well I had an obligatory beer or glass of wine, as you do.

As an avid walker, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite walks in Northumberland. This blog post takes you to the picturesque village of Rothbury and it’s magnificent rolling landscape of Simonside.

You will find panoramic views, overlooking the the Cheviot hills and North Sea coastline. Wildlife aplenty given that it’s a special area of conservation, you may see wild goats, red grouse, curling and even some red squirrels in the forest below.  There are a couple of routes you can opt to do, from a leisurely family stroll or maybe a more challenging route for hikers, I’ll leave the links below so you can view.

For my hike, I decided on parking at Lordenshaws car park (postcode: NE61 4PU). Once you exit the car park, you see the immediate route before you. A steep climb awaits, a bit taxing on the thighs but a great workout! It’s a very popular walk for hikers so I’m sure you will bump into plenty and there’s very little chance of getting lost as the route is quite easy to see and well marked. This is also a popular walk with dog walkers too. Once you reach the top, have a little break, bite to eat and enjoy the scenery.

The village of Rothbury is just 15 minutes drive from our lodges on Felmoor Park. After a long day out enjoy the relaxation of the hot tub, admire the dark skies and enjoy a glass of bubbly or two. We can accommodate groups of up to 12, have an enquiry, get in touch. 

For more information on the walking trails or guided walks in Rothbury, visit the below websites.

https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/places-to-visit/coquetdale/simonside-hills/

http://www.shepherdswalks.co.uk/

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Thanks, Mel x

 

Surfing in Amble with Northside Surf School

Surfing in Amble with Northside Surf School

Northside Surf School located in Amble is the perfect place for you to sign up and experience the surf on the Northumberland coast line. Jon an experienced instructor runs the company and can cater for groups, birthday parties and individual lessons. As we approach the summer holidays, Jon is also offering kids lessons from just £25 including the hire of the equipment. Perfect for those families that want to keep the kids entertained whilst the adults indulge in some far more relaxing activities.

Woodys Lodge and the Retreat are located just 15 minutes away from Amble, providing you with the perfect base in which to explore the neighbouring country side and coastal villages. Our properties can accommodate families and groups from 4 – 8 people and we are pet friendly, so don’t forget to bring your four legged friend(s) with you on holiday.

For more information, or to enquire on our availability simply drop us a line or email by visiting the Contact Us page.

If you want to find out more information on Jon and his surfing lessons, visit his website or his trip advisor reviews

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for visiting us.

Mel x

Photo shoot with RubyDolls French bulldogs

Photo shoot with RubyDolls French bulldogs

Acorn Leisure Holidays had a fabulous photo shoot with the gorgeous RubyDolls French bulldogs here at Woodys Lodge at Felmoor Park, Northumberland. We wanted to showcase just how pet or rather dog friendly our properties are and what better way to do that than invite Hazel and her squad of fabulous french bulldogs.

When Hazel opened her car door the dogs came bounding out, one by one, running up the gangway of the Lodge and exploring their new surroundings. Interestingly they headed straight into the open plan living space and sniffed out the cupboard that holds all of our dog treats, blankets and feeding bowls. Clever dogs!

Here at Woodys Lodge and the Retreat we want our guests to relax, knowing that their precious pooches are safe in their new surroundings, that’s why we have a spacious terrace area at the lodge and a newly extended terrace at the retreat, both complete with their own gates. Anyways, check out the fab pics, I’m in love with Cherry, she’s the one sitting on her own at the sliding doors. So very sweet and timid. I can’t wait to see Dollys’ pups which are due in the next few weeks and as for Romeo her stunning ginger stud, the pups he has produced are absolutely gorgeous. I can see why her brood is getting bigger all the time.

If you love the pics, you can see more of the RubyDolls gang by visiting Hazels FB and Instagram accounts. Oh and she’s just launched a new product, a beautiful natural dog soap which you will shortly be able to purchase via her etsy page or her FB.

Hope you all have a fabulous Summer and do check out our availability, we only have a few remaining during the summer holidays and September.

Best wishes,

Mel x