Places to visit & things to do from Hexham Self Catering Holiday Cottages

Relaxing Retreat Where You Can Walk, Cycle and Explore History & Nature

This part of Northumberland has it all, with beautiful beaches beside Tynemouth Abbey, miles of beautiful countryside, the least populated National Park and two Areas of designated Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We have excellent opportunities for cycling in this area both for on road and quiet easy trail riding. Miles of undiscovered tracks and quiet roads await you and your bike. Our holiday cottages have bike storage by arrangement, so bring your own or hire them from one of the hire shops in Hexham.


Hexham Voted Happiest Place to Live in Britain

We aren’t at all surprised that Hexham has been voted, yet again, the ‘Happiest’ place to live in the UK! The town won first place in Rightmove’s ‘happy at home’ index, where 21,000 British people were asked their thoughts on the place they live. There is according to it’s residents, something for everyone, adults and children alike, in Hexham.

Survey participants were asked about friendliness, community spirit, individuality, nature, green spaces and skills development. They also rated Hexham when it came to amenities like schools, restaurants, shops and sports facilities. Residents love the choice of organised local sporting events, such as park runs, cricket, tennis, squash, golf and rowing. Free live music events are arranged by the council for everybody to enjoy. The spectacular open countryside is a big plus, and one that continually attracts visitors. Those lucky enough to live in the area have some of the most beautiful scenery around, right on their doorstep.

Hiking in Hexham

Hiking in HexhamHexham is a hiker’s dream, with so many public footpaths leading away from the farm. Whichever direction you choose there are great walks, many suitable for all abilities or the more challenging coast to coast path. Hexham cottages are an ideal opportunity to break up this challenging walk. The landscape in this part of the world is varied and dramatic catering to every kind of walker. There are gentle, circular walks for those who simply want to meander and appreciate the gorgeous surroundings such as :-

  • Tyne Green Trail (4.5 miles)
  • Hexham Abbey to Racecourse Road (3 miles)
  • Rowley Burn and Devil’s Water (4 miles)

Also for a more robust workout there are longer more challenging walks like :-

  • Hadrian’s Wall Path – 5 miles from Hexham
  • Isaac’s Tea Trail Heritage Walk – 10 miles from Hexham
  • Northumberland National Park

This is just a small selection of the numerous walks loved by visitors.

Cycling in Hexham

This area is literally strewn with cycling routes, whether it’s the length of Hadrian’s Wall, the Sandstone Way or the numerous country parks. This location is a magnet for those who enjoy both on and off-road cycling, there really is something for everyone.

Horse Riding

If horse riding is your thing you’re in luck with a good choice of places to ride in the area, whether it’s taking lessons or cantering across breathtaking moorlands. You will find it exhilarating to ride across the wide open spaces and hills of places like Northumberland National Park. You can ride for hours on heather and grass covered uplands without seeing anyone else, truly a unique experience.


If you fancy a spot of fishing, the River Tyne is not far away, and is hailed as England’s finest salmon river. There are also dace, roach, chubb, pike and sea and rainbow trout to be found. There are several places in the area to indulge in fishing fun.

Hexham Market Town

Hexham Market TownThe town of Hexham is described in one travel guide as an ‘adorable market town’, so a day taking in its unique atmosphere is often high on the list. This is a friendly and thriving artistic community with lots of free exhibitions. Hexham is only two miles away from our self catering cottages, and has a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and other entertainment venues. In the area you will find 2 golf courses, a Kayak and paddle board accessible river, farmer’s markets and a leisure complex with a gym, swimming pool and bowling alley.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's WallHexham is in close proximity to Roman monument Hadrian’s Wall, the northern most point of the ancient Roman empire. The colossal wall is believed to have been constructed around the second century, and is designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Impressive full size forts still stand every five miles, and there are also milecastles that were garrisoned and separated by manned turrets.

Hadrian’s Wall stretches for 73 miles from the North Sea to Solway Firth, surrounded by picturesque villages, and with walking and cycling routes aplenty. Within the vicinity are Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum, Corbridge Roman Town and The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre. You can also see the well known and much photographed Sycamore Gap tree. Hadrian’s wall is a short drive from our cottages.

Centuries Old Carvings & Paintings To Discover

Hexham AbbeyHexham Abbey
Hexham Abbey draws visitors from far and wide, and there is so much to see, you should allow at least two hours for your visit. You will find Roman carvings with pagan dedications and intricate vegetal patterns. A Gothic rood stands perpendicular, and there is a Frith stool believed to be from Saxon times. Painted panels from the 1400s adorn the chancel, which represent Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Twelve Apostles and the Dance of Death.

Oldest Prison in England

Hexham Old Gaol
If you fancy seeing the oldest prison in England, how about a trip to Hexham Old Gaol? Thought to have been constructed in 1333 it held prisoners from Middle March Borders and Hexhamshire, [which are also interesting places to see].

You will discover the history of the borders going back to medieval times in Hexham Old Gaol, which is now a museum. There is a wealth of fascinating poetry, literature and music among its collections, relating to the history and culture around the English-Scottish border.

Marvel at war relics from the 15th and 16th centuries such as armour, weapons and objects of local historical interest.

Manor House Transformed Into Castle

Aydon Castle
Built in the 13th-century, Aydon Castle was originally a manor house, until the relationship between the Scottish and the English deteriorated. It was then fortified, and has had a very colourful history. It has been burnt,, reclaimed by rebels and occupied by the Scots, yet still stands relatively undamaged! The building’s interior recreates the 13th century and is very well preserved, and the grounds contain a charming walled orchard.