A small, friendly town in Northumberland and surrounded by beautiful countryside is Haltwhistle – located, interestingly, right in the very centre of mainland UK and a lovely place for a self catering holiday. Its neighbouring villages include the scenic Plenmeller and Rowfoot, not to mention the famous Hadrian’s Wall. Walk through the High Street and admire the stone houses, pausing to browse through quirky independent shops, or having a cup of tea in one of the traditional tea shops. Alternatively, pack a picnic basket from your holiday cottage, walk into the town centre and then detour for a few minutes before reaching the wonderful scenery and rolling moorlands of Haltwhistle. For an educational and fun day out with the kids, visit the ruins of Thirwall Castle, dating all the way back to the 12th century.
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It is believed that, as it is so close to the River South Tyne, Haltwhistle was occupied during Roman times. Also home to rare plants, Haltwhistle is the only place in the country where you will find certain strains of wild alpine plants. It is for reasons like this that Haltwhistle proves such an ideal place for ramblers and hikers alike. To explore more ancient places and to see more stunning nature, visit the grounds of Featherstone Castle, or walk through the Birdoswald Roman Fort.
To find out more about the area’s interesting past, visit the Roman Army Museum with the kids – and after a long day of walking and learning, be sure to drop by The Black Bull for a delicious bite to eat and cool pint to finish off the evening.
Take in the local culture, explore all of Haltwhistle’s various walking paths, or relax and watch the world go by in a coffee shop. A self-catered cottage in Haltwhistle is perfect for families looking for bonding activities, or for couples looking for views that are as plentiful as they are jaw-dropping.