Our main asset is the proximity of the coast. There are several different pedestrian routes from the house, mostly off road. Once there, walking is unlimited, and there are no restrictions on dogs on our beaches. Sand, shells, rock pools and fascinating geology should entertain everyone. The Farne Islands are a must for nature lovers, and you can take your dogs on the boat with you!
Alnwick, with its famous castle and gardens, is four miles away. The castle provides lots of fun entertainment for kids, as well as amazing decor, furniture and art works to interest the adults. Outside, the gardens are beautiful, and the tree house and restaurant are definitely worth a look. Among Alnwick's many shops is Barter Books, probably the finest second hand bookshop in the land! The local Playhouse may surprise you with its range of entertainment (currently undergoing improvements, re-opening Spring 2020). There are more castles at Warkworth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne. Be sure to pop into the Grace Darling museum, when in Bamburgh. Small, fascinating and free!
Cragside House, near Rothbury, was built by Lord Armstrong (of Vickers-Armstrong), and was the first house to be lit by hydroelectricity. Now owned by the National Trust, it is well worth a visit. Also worth a look is the eccentric Chillingham Castle, where you may glimpse the rare wild white cattle in the grounds.
Further afield are the wide open spaces of the Simonside and Cheviot hills with stunning views over an empty landscape. The Border Country has its own character and history and is an easy drive away.
Walking and playing on the beach are the top activities recommended for holidays at Thornrigg. However, there are other activities available!
There are two golf courses in Alnmouth. Horse riding and kayaking are available nearby. The Aln and the Coquet are notable fishing rivers. Alnwick Leisure Centre has a swimming pool and climbing wall, for the rare rainy day!
Cyclists are increasingly being catered for and there are some tracks and many quiet back roads.
An ideal place to enjoy the outdoors, or just chill in the chair and watch the birds through the picture window!