The award-winning Landal Kielder Waterside Park may offer access to the largest man-made lake in Britain and the biggest man-made woodland in Europe, but the joy of visiting and exploring its amazing surrounds is entirely natural.
There’s plenty for everyone to enjoy in the surrounding area, with history, activities, scenic beauty, some much needed refreshment and more. Half the joy is in discovering them for yourselves, but we’re going to get you started with 5 fantastic hidden holiday gems.
Borders Distillery, Hawick
The first distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837 opened in spring 2018. That has to be something to raise a glass to. But you can go one better by booking a tour and seeing how they use the scenic setting to make wonderful single malt whisky and gin.
The tours end in a tasting, and it would be rude not to buy a bottle as a gift or to toast a brilliant break away when you return to your lodge.
Chesters Roman Fort, Hexham
Landal Kielder Waterside is no stranger to visitors, but few of them are as famous as the Romans, and few of their abodes are as well known as Chesters Roman Fort. Located on Hadrian’s Wall, this, one of the Roman Empire’s most northern outposts, tells an incredible story.
Wander around the fort’s ruins and you get a great picture of how the Romans lived in the area. You can even see their creature comforts like baths and a steam room.Return to Landal Kielder Waterside and enjoy your own perfect pampering treatments.After all, when in Rome…
Falstone Village Tearooms
Landal Kielder Waterside offers plenty of places to get outdoors and explore the surrounding beauty, but make sure you make time for refreshments too! Falstone Village Tearooms is a perfect pit stop. In this former village school you will find home-made lunches, cakes,crafts and more.
As well as finding fantastic food in a delightful setting, you will also find a guilt free indulgence. Cells on the roof convert sunlight to energy, heating is provided by a biomass boiler and even rainwater is collected and harnessed. If you travel in an electric car you can also charge it on site. There’s no better way to ensure a completely green break!
Located just on the edge of the Northumberland National Park in a lovely village setting,Otterburn Mill combines over 250 years of heritage with a modern retail experience. This is the place to go if you’re seeking outdoor wear for your active exploration of Northumberland.
Hulne Park, Alnwick
The former hunting grounds of the Percy family, Hulne Park is a wonderful meeting of scenic beauty and heritage. There are some brilliant walking routes that wind through the park, alongside the River Aln, the old railway line or bordering the beautiful town.
Much of the parkland was devised by the legendary Capability Brown, so it really is a stunning treat for all seasons. Make sure you pay a visit to Alnwick Castle and Gardens too. As featured in the Harry Potter films, it’s a truly enchanting location.