Miles of quiet, sandy beaches and rugged countryside are on the doorstep of holiday cottages in Bowsden. This pretty Northumberland village is surrounded by fields and woods, around six miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed. With a population of less than 200, Bowsden is an excellent choice for visitors who are looking for a peaceful base from which to explore the northeast of England. Crisscrossed by lanes and footpaths, the countryside around Bowsden is some of the region’s most picturesque, and wonderful walking and wildlife-watching can be enjoyed within a stone’s throw of the village. A mile to the east of Bowsden, the Devil’s Causeway is a Roman Road which can be traced for roughly 55 miles, from near Corbridge to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Drive eastward for a few minutes from your holiday cottage in Bowsden and you will soon reach a rugged stretch of coast. The Northumberland Coast Path runs for the entire length of the county’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with spectacular views across towering cliffs, secluded, rocky coves and sweeping, sandy bays. Scattered along the coastline, there are charming fishing villages, where you can stop for a bite to eat, and a remarkable concentration of ancient castles, including Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne. For shopping and food, the charming town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is nearby. 

Set by the sweeping estuary of the River Tweed, England’s northernmost town is home to stunning architecture, riverside walks and four sandy beaches. Don’t miss the medieval town walls, which are some of the best remains of their kind in the country. Nearby, discover the graceful Georgian town hall with Elizabethan ramparts, and Britain’s earliest Barracks buildings. Self-catering holidays in Bowsden are an opportunity to visit Northumberland’s most beautiful towns and villages, including Seahouses, Alnwick and Alnmouth. Bowsden is also close to the Scottish border, and the magnificent city of Edinburgh can be reached in less than 90 minutes.