Amwood Art Due to the copious amount of fantastic scenery in and around the farm, we have formed close links with Anthea who runs various print making workshops throughout the year, allowing customers to take what they see and turn it in to lasting keepsakes. A linoprint Christmas Card workshop is running currently from Anthea's studio 5 miles away. Please see 'Amwood Art' on Facebook or www.amwoodart.co.uk/workshops for further information. Biteabout Arts Anna runs basketry, willow sculpture and feltmaking workshops from her studio approximately 13 miles away. Please see www.biteabout.co.uk for further information.
The whole Northumberland Coast is stunning and nearly all sandy. The best places to visit are (from north to south): Cocklawburn Holy Island Ross Sands Budle Bay Bamburgh Seahouses Beadnell Low Newton Dunstanburgh Sugar Sands (Longhoughton) Boulmer Alnmouth Warkworth Druridge Bay There is a tourist route that takes you by road through many of these places.
Cycling – A section of the Sandstone Way (off road trail) runs past the door of The Barns and National Cycle Network route 68 passes the road end. Pam can provide more information on routes if required. Walking / running – The Pennine Way is within 2 miles and there are multiple footpaths and bridleways crossing the farm. Each property has maps for suggested circular routes. Astronomy – There is no light pollution as we are within Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, you may even see the Northern Lights. A Sky Quality Meter reading was taken at the farm on 6th December 2018 measuring 21.024, which makes it one of the darkest locations in Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. We have provided a set of binoculars for you to look at the stars, plus a torch and flask. All lights can be switched off. Archaeology – The Threestoneburn Standing Stones are within 2 miles of the accommodation. There are at least six ancient monuments on the farm – Roman camps, cup and ring marks and so on. Wildlife – Birdlife is everywhere – see earlier. Horse riding – If you have brought your own horse, there are several bridleways through the farm or close by – Pam can provide maps. For pony trekking (including on Holy Island) we recommend Kimmerston Riding Centre north of Wooler (01668 216283). www.facebook.com/kimmerstonridingcentre123/ Trail hunting – Newcastle and District Beagles, The West Percy Hunt and the College Valley Hunt sometimes come onto the farm and can be interesting to watch.
Please see Northumberland National Park website for more details regarding Dark Skies, wildlife, archaeology etc.