Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness in Heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness  in Heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country


Catherine Jarvis

Come and experience warm, , roaring log fires amongst stone-walled pubs and take a closer look at the clear skies with its bird-filled treasures. Enjoy misty, atmospheric in the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country. Look up at the dark skies, in the evenings, to see the starry delights displayed across the heavens.

See the ‘Eagle Eye’ film at the complete with Roman warfare artefacts and exhibits. Local landscape winds its way across hills and fields in autumnal glory. Interesting circular walks abound throughout the beautiful countryside covered with historical sites.

The red-hued leaves of trees are truly spellbinding during this season. They imbue ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ with a bewitching romance. Come and spot wild fungi, spiders’ cobwebs glinting in the sunlight which become unearthly white in the frosty mornings. Families and couples; indeed everyone, are very welcome in this region and find that there is plenty to do here. The cross-country cycle route 72 is perfect for cyclists to come and explore the region further.

Haltwhistle, ‘the Centre of Britain’, has many shops, restaurants and tea shops to sample as has illustrious Hexham, with its very old and attractive Abbey. Historic Corbridge, with its array of independent retailers, inns, restaurants, cafés can be located nearby. Near to Brampton, take a stroll round Lanercost Priory (English Heritage), the church, the cemetery and find that the splendid tea room/gift shop – is a stone’s throw away.

Fascinating walks meander around the old towns and villages. Look at the ‘Tyne’ to take in autumnal foliage, birds, insects which float on the river through Hexham and Corbridge. At Chollerford from the ‘new’ bridge the intriguing English Heritage Roman Chesters’ fort and bridge abutment can be espied. They are well worth paying a visit.

Behold Hadrian’s Wall from the magnificent barbarian vantage point of Steel Rigg on the north side. Just further down the hill is the well-stocked Twice Brewed Inn, Northumberland National Park’s ‘The Sill’ with its abundant café and landscape exhibition. Slightly further down that same road is a short walk to ’s Roman fort site and museum.