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Lindisfarne Castle and grounds

Holy Island

The Schoolhouse is located 7 miles from Holy Island.  St Cuthberts Way  and St Oswalds Way long distance  footpaths take you from Fenwick onto Holy Island.  It is a wonderful walk but you will need to cross both the A1 and the train line.  The island is tidal and Northumberland County Council publish Holy Island safe crossing times  before travelling across the Causeway.  Holy Island is known for Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne Castle and the Gertrude Jekyll garden.  We highly recommend a walk along the north shore path followed by St Cuthbert’s cake at Pilgrims Coffee shop.   For additional information about Holy Island please checkout Lindisfarne general information
Ross Sands beach

Beaches and Wildlife

North Northumberland has stunning beaches with large areas of open sands and wonderful wildlife.  Cockleburn and Bamburgh are easier to access, Goswick and Ross Sands have a longer walk to reach them.  The Northumberland coast line is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, designated to support it’s rich heritage and wildlife.  We highly recommend following Space for Shore Birds  and inland taking a tour with Ingram Valley Farm Safari’s.  We have also had Embleton Quarry recommended for their accessible paths and dark skies. Beach Access North East offer free loans of a variety of beach wheelchairs at BamburghBeadnell and Newton-by-the-Sea. Guided seashore safaris are available from Ranger Jane’s Beach School and Northumberland Zoo near Felton offers a great family day out.
Ford and Etal

Ford, Etal and Wooler

Fifteen miles west of the Schoolhouse is the Ford and Etal estate, described as ‘one of rural Northumberland’s best kept secrets’ … and it is!  The estate offers  the beautiful Lady Waterford Hall, Etal Castle, and the Heatherslaw Light Railway. Nearby is the Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre and the Ford Village Shop offering a good range of local produce, a tea room, post office and bike hire.   If you take a journey a bit further west there is a newly opening brewery, visitor centre and cafe at Ad Gefrin, Wooler – follow on Instagram Ad Gefrin for more details.
Bamburgh Castle


Ten miles to the west of the Schoolhouse is Bamburgh.  Bamburgh beach is extensive with views over to the Farne Islands. Surf hire and tuition is available from Surf Northumberland and adaptive surfing with Emily and Chris at NE Surf.  Both are popular so remeber to book early.  Beach Access North East offer free beach wheelchair hire, again  popular so book early and ask for the best advice for a good route through the dunes! Visiting  Bamburgh Castle offers superb views over to the Farne Island and Lindisfarne Castle.  The Clock Tower Tea Room  room is up a flight of stairs – clear information is provided in their Access Statement.  Check out Bamburgh’s historical link with St Aidan with a guided trip to the Crypt and the heroic Grace Darling at the Grace Darling Museum 
St Cuthberts Cave

St Cuthbert and St Oswald’s Way

Fenwick is located on both the St Cuthberts Way  and St Oswalds Way footpath.  St Cuthberts Way is a 100km (62.5miles) long distance footpath starting in Melrose in the Scottish Borders where Cuthbert began his religious life in 650 AD and completed on Holy Island, his resting place.  St Oswalds Way links places associated with St Oswald the early 7th Century King of Northumbria.  The path is 156km (97 miles) following the stunning coastal footpath between Bamburgh and Warkworth, then heading inland to Rothbury, Kirkwhelpington and the completing at Heavenfield.  St Cuthberts Cave is on the Holy Island to Bamburgh section of St Oswald’s Way. The coastal path Bamburgh to Craster and Craster to Walkworth offers stunning views of the Northberland Coast.  The full Northumberland Coast Path is 62miles (100km) running from Cresswell to Berwick- upon-Tweed.
Howick Hall Gardens

Howick Hall Gardens

Howick Hall Grdens and Arboretum has been the family home to the Grey family from 1319. Charles 2nd Earl Grey was Prime Minister from 1830 -1834 as the great Reform Bill was established in 1832.  The gardens are open to the public, they are extensive with the aboretum covering 65 acres.  It is a Schoolhouse favourite due to their accessible woodland walks, clear route map and the stunning  Sensory Garden  designed by the North Northumberland branch of the National Autistic Society.
Puffin on the Farne Islands

Boat trips, seals and puffins

The Farne Islands Farne Islands are home to thousands of grey seals, breeding ground for puffins from April to late July and over 100,000 seabirds. Boat trips are available from Seahouses harbour. Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours offers accessible trips for wheelchair users – tide times dependent. North Berwick offers tours to Bass Rock or the Isle of May Nature Reserve Isle of May nature reserve and the Scottish Seabird Centre. Shorter are available from Berwick Boat Trips including a coastal trip to St Abbs and a sunset trip. If you are interested in getting on the water try kayaking with Active 4 Seasons coasteering with Adventure Northumberland and accessible sailing with the Coquet Shorebase Trust
Edinburgh Fringe

Fringes and Festivals

Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Rothbury, Wooler and Alnwick are all day trips away. The Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival is in March, Borders Book Festival,  Melrose in June, the Edinburgh Fringe in August and the Berwick Literary Festival  in October.  Floor Castle Kelso is a stunning 40 minutes drive – summertime they offer outdoor theatre and the legendary Roxburghe RocksPaxton House is a 20 minutes drive, beautiful location with a variety of events being offered.  Alnwick is worth visiting throughout the year. Alnwick Gardens, an absolute delight, with the Grande Cascade, Serpent Gardens and Cherry Blossom Orchard very highly recommended. The food in the Pavilion is easily accessible – the accessible route to the Treehouse is a great fun but it is small and often busy inside. Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter!) is next door and when you are in Alnwick we always recommend Barter Books but watch out, parking spaces are tight for larger WAV’s.
pilgrims way


Slow down, rest, pray and reflect. We have found the Schoohouse to be a great place to take a retreat, walk from the house, enjoy local woods and footpaths with their red squirrels and deer. The open plan ground floor and living room offer a spacious natural light environment. If you are interested in taking the Pilgrim’s Way walk across the Causeway to Holy Island we do recommend taking a guide. Try Patrick Norris Footsteps Pilgrims Way or Dave from Laverock Law Cottages wild walks We have also enjoyed reflecting on St Aidans timeless prayer and accessing Holy Island north shore at the beginning or end of a day, tides permitting!
arts and crafts

Try something new

Why not?  Berwick and the surrounding areas are full of creative people and activities.  Our current favourites are the Good Ship Illustration, three professional illustrators based in Berwick and offering a Friday night online art club and courses.  Previous guests have enjoyed the Needle Works Wool shop and Sky Blue Pink Designs in Berwick.  Closer by is Whistlebare with Angora goats mohair and refreshments. If you are interested in trying something new but not sure what wander into the Dockside Gallery in Berwick and chat away – the owner is very knowledgable and supportive of the local creative community. If you are visiting to celebrate a special event why not check out Soul2Sand for the incredible sand art creations.
Kyloe Woods

On the doorstep

Once you have arrived try leaving the car and taking an ‘On the doorstep’ staycation! Walking from the house takes you to St Cuthberts Cave or Holy Island Causeway. The best kept secret is Kyloe Woods which has a underused public footpath red squirrels and deer. The south facing view from the Schoolhouse living room looks onto open fields which mask the rock faces behind. Northumberland National Park is the least populated National Park in the UK and the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park has been recognised as the best in England. Travelling into the National Park will give you a clearer sky view but there is lot to see on a cloudless evening in Fenwick too! Northumberland Dark Skies
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