Saturday, 20 February 2016

Ford and Etal, Northumberland, UK

The Ford and Etal Estates are one of Northumberland's hidden gems, home to two picturesque villages that support a vibrant tourist economy. An amateur video is at the foot of this page

Ford and Etal is perfect for outdoor types who love horse-riding, canoeing, fishing, walking and cycling.

The estates, centred around the villages of Ford and Etal, boast a number of attractions including a castle, a world famous battlefield and even a steam light railway. You can also spend an hour or two admiring the stunning murals at Lady Waterford Hall or visit the restored 19th century Heatherslaw Cornmill to buy mouth-watering cakes. Stay close to the action in a Ford and Etal bed and breakfast.

For walkers there are many footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes criss-crossing the estate. Natural history enthusiasts will find nearby Ford Moss Nature Reserve a fascinating visit. Why not stay for a week and make the most of your stay in a Ford and Etal Self Catering property?

The estate, 12 miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed, also has magnificent views across North Northumberland.

Ford and Etal is in the heart of border country and nearby lies Flodden Battlefield, site of a particularly bloody conflict between the English and Scottish armies in 1513.

There is also Etal Castle, built in the mid-14th century by Robert Manners as a defence against Scottish raiders.

For a different way of getting around, try the Heatherslaw Steam Railway, a 15 inch gauge steam railway running from Heatherslaw to Etal Village - a return journey of 50 minutes.

Ford and Etal is a great place for a romantic rural weekend or fun day out with your family. There is a full range of bed and breakfasts and guest houses as well as self-catering cottages. There is also the Black Bull - Northumberland's only thatched pub - tearooms and shops.