Rothbury, a Peaceful Haven
An excellent location to call home base for visiting Northumberland National Park, Rothbury is centrally located just outside the mid-eastern section of the park. This peaceful village of approximately 1800 people offers all of the amenities for tourists wishing to visit the park as well as other historic areas nearby such as the Northumberland Heritage Coast, Hadrain’s Wall, and Kieder Water. Conveniently located on highway B6341 (High Street) that runs directly through the center of Northumberland National Park, Rothbury offers a variety of hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, pubs, and specialized small town retail outlets for performing a little retail therapy while on holiday.
To prepare oneself for hiking or cycling in Northumberland National Park one can warm up by taking a pleasant stroll along Rothbury’s Riverside Walk on the River Coquet into Rothbury village, a route suitable for a variety of users (though portions of the route are not suitable for wheelchairs). With a visitor center for the park located in the center of this attractive market town, one can obtain all the information needed to plan a number of unique trips to the various areas offered inside the park. Inside the Tourist Information Centre, accommodation can be booked and new interpretive displays of the National Park will offer inspiration for your excursions and many informative leaflets are available for your review of local attractions as well.
Area 2 of the Northumberland National Park, lying just to the south of Rothbury within the parish of Rothbury Forest, reaches a maximum altitude of 400m just to the south of the summit at Simonside at Croppy’s Hole. Characterised by sandstone hills forming a large arc of high ground this exceptionally scenic and beautiful area is a major attraction for many hikers and cyclist.
A traditional market town supporting a thriving rural community, the architecture in Rothbury is constructed primarily from the mellow sandstones from the surrounding area. Nestled in on the banks of the River Coquet, at one of the country’s best rivers for fishing, one can find relaxation and solitude while having access to all of the amenities nearby. Perhaps a round of golf is in your travel plans, as this is also possible at the Rothbury Golf Club lying next to the banks of the River Coquet.
If looking to take in a little history, visits to see World War I practice trenches for the troops or viewing the Cup & Ring carvings at Lordenshaws may make it on to your to-do list. Remnants of a Roman Fort, only 16 miles away from Rothbury can be seen in the Coquet Valley at Chew Green. In general, the beautiful open countryside of the area around Rothbury is unsurpassed.
Nearby to Rothbury is Cragside House, Gardens, and Estate, a Victorian mansion and one of the unique visitor attractions in the area. Setting on magnificent grounds, this splendid family home of Lord Armstrong was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Complete with a breathtaking garden, 5 lakes, one of Europe’s largest rock gardens, a labyrinth, and over 7 million planted trees and shrubs, this area is nothing short of spectacular.