West Mickley is a short drive or train ride from nearby Stocksfield to the cosmopolitan cities of Newcastle and Gateshead, united by 7 bridges across a spectacular river scape. Must sees include a visit to the Quayside, Millennium Bridge, The Sage, The Baltic Centre and the Metro Centre in Gateshead, which is among one of the largest shopping centres in Europe.
Corbridge, known for its quaintness and specialist shops is only 8 miles west. A further 3 miles is the market town of Hexham, steeped in history and dominated by the majestic 13th Century Abbey, Hexham is well worth a visit and offers a plethora of amenities.
Ramblers and cyclists (secure storage available for cycles) will find plenty to explore in rural Northumberland, home to one of England’s inspiring national parks and Kielder water and forest park. Walk in the Cheviot or Simonside hills, or see first hand the splendour of Hadrian’s Wall country, which overlaps the southern tip of the Northumberland National Park. Explore the North Pennines with their rugged uplands including some wild and wonderful scenery. Enjoy lovely forest walks and High Force, England’s largest waterfall.
Beamish museum, Vindolanda and Housteads Roman Fort museum are well worth a visit.
Venture a little further to the Northumberland coast to walk, cycle, run or even horse ride on golden sandy beaches, in the shadows of dramatic castles and romantic ruins, with traditional seaside towns and sweet little villages to visit.
Golfing enthusiasts are spoiled by the choice of first class courses within easy reach, and the local pub the Bluebell is well worth a visit.
There’s so much to explore in the North East of England and to help you discover more, visit the North East official tourism site.