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IN AND AROUND BAMBURGH

Bamburgh Hall Farm is a marvellous centre for exploring the delights of North Northumberland which has often been described as The Secret Kingdom. We are 500yds from the foot of Bamburgh Castle. This is a fascinating place and is possibly the largest inhabited castle in the UK. The views that you get both out to sea and up to the Cheviot Hills are well worth the entrance fee on their own. But its history and contents are also very well demonstrated and explained to visitors. We are strong in castles - Alnwick with its world famous Garden is half an hour by car to the south. You can easily spend a day in Alnwick Castle with its art treasures and its turbulent history. From Craster, a 30-minute drive away you can walk along the grassy cliff top to Dunstanburgh Castle, possibly the most romantic setting of all our castles. Warkworth Castle is 40 minutes away. It still bears the scars from the battering that it took from cannon during The Wars of the Roses when for some time an ancestor of Charles' was Constable. Chillingham Castle, Norham Castle, Holy Island Castle, the Elizabethan walls around Berwick upon Tweed - you can get to them all in less than 45 minutes. Bamburgh has a delightful church and the village has many good places to eat.

If you are all Castled-Out, we have a lot to show you in the natural world. The sea birds on the Farne Islands are world class. They come to breed in April, May and June and there are more than 100,000 pairs of Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Razorbills, Eider Duck, Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Puffins... the list goes on and on. The islands can be reached by a short boat trip from Seahouses. And in the autumn, when most of the birds have left, there is a colony of over 1,000 Atlantic Seals which start to pup at the end of October. The Seals can also be seen all through the summer. And in the autumn there is another treat when thousands of migrant wildfowl and waders (on their way south for warmer winters) call in at Lindisfarne mud flats and Budle Bay. They use them as two big filling stations and enjoy a spot of rest and recreation on their journey. Many species of geese (Pinkfoot, Greylag and Brent) come in their thousands, as do Wigeon, Teal, Curlews, Turnstones, Oystercatchers and so many more.

There are also 2 bird-watching hides on the farm. Rabbits, hares, foxes, roe deer and the occasional otter can be seen here.

In the nearby College Valley you can walk in the Cheviot Hills and if you are lucky you can see the Cheviot Wild Goats of which there are more than 200. And there are Black Game to be seen as well as Peregrines and Ravens, Red Grouse and the glimpse of a Red Squirrel in the Pine Trees.

There are also some fine and interesting gardens within easy reach, besides the Alnwick Castle Garden. Howick Hall Garden is beautiful and distinguished. It now has a restaurant which is open daily from April to October. There is another fine and very small garden on Lindisfarne beside the castle. This was designed by Gertrude Jekyll. And Paxton House with its walks besides the Tweed and its amazing Chippendale furniture is well worth a visit.

All these treats and many more are within 3/4 hour of Bamburgh Hall Farm.

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