Out & About

The cottages at Turvelaws are situated near to our working farm a short distance from the bustling market town of Wooler with it's wide variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Turvelaws is located almost equally between the market towns of Alnwick and Berwick upon Tweed – both fantastic destinations for keen shoppers and history buffs alike.

For the sportsman (or woman) for the nature lover and those who enjoy the great outdoors, we have a great deal to offer:

Surrounding HillsWalkers
Turvelaws is located on the very edge of the Northumberland National Park with mile upon mile of we'll marked routes through some of the most unspoilt countryside in the country. A walk in the Cheviot Hills provides an opportunity of experiencing true wilderness where you are more likely to encounter a herd of wild goats than another person! Nearby walks to Linhope Spout and Routin Linn provide walks in beautiful scenery with fantastic waterfall side picnic spots at the end.

But don’t think it’s all for the expert hiker. The countryside around the cottages at Turvelaws provide some great gentle walks through some truly beautiful scenery with riverside strolls where you may even catch sight of a wild otter.

St Cuthbert's Way is a 62-mile walk from Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in Northumberland upto the Scottish Border town of Melrose, the walks passes through Wooler and close to the cottages, if you would like to challenge yourself to this adventure - we can arrange taxis to drop you off and pick you up!

For more information on Walking in the area, please visit Shepherds Walks where you can purchase maps for the local area.

HORSE RIDING
There is horse riding available locally at Belford, Shipley (Alnwick) and Kimmerston, if you would like any more information on these, please contact us.

Cycling in the AreaCyclists
The joys of Northumberland on a bicycle are becoming increasingly popular. Due to the size of the county coupled with the low population has meant our roads are less congested and safer than most.

The Pennine Cycleway (Route 68) passes just outside our door, making Turvelaws the ideal luxury stop-off to rest those tired legs before you carry on with your journey.

For the relentlessly energetic mountain biker seeking a challenge, Northumberland has some of the most spectacular and challenging routes in the country.

But again, you don't need to be an expert. There are plenty of routes and bridleways to be explored by a family right outside the cottage doors and there are plenty of places to hire bikes and equipment nearby. The Sustrans Cycle track is 1 mile away, there is also a mountain bike track 3 miles away.

Bike rental is available locally, we can help sort this out for you if you let us know your requirement when you make a booking.

Fishing on the region's riversAnglers
We have our own stretch of water on the River Till and Wooler Waters. The water gets good runs of salmon and sea trout throughout the season. There are also good numbers of brown trout and grayling to be caught. Guests can be bring their own tackle, but should they wish to try fly fishing then Bob Smith - a full time qualified instructor can give lessons or courses and provide all tackle required. Bob is a member of the famous Hardy Greys Game Fishing Academy and will take guests on our beat of the River Till or at the local Chatton Trout Fishery which is only a 10 minute drive away. The Till and Chatton fishery are classed as Scottish Water therefore there is no need for a Environment Agency Rod License.

Contact Bob Smith :
Mobile : 07984 810791 / Home : 01670 514086 / Email : info@bobsmithflyfishing.co.uk Website : www.bobsmithflyfishing.co.uk

Seafishing expeditions can be booked from Seahouses, Craster or Amble. There are a number of fishing shops within the area where bait and tackle can be bought.

Diving
Explore the fascinating world beneath our oceans. The Farne Islands off the coast of Seahouses are a haven for marine life and are a popular destination for divers of all abilities. Its just a 40 minute drive from Turvelaws to the harbour at Seahouses. Boats and equipment can be hired locally and tuition is available.

Pick from many surrounding coursesGolfers
Wooler has it's own 9 hole golf course with some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Other courses within easy traveling distance include Goswick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Belford (floodlit driving range) and Alnmouth to name but a few.

TENNIS
All the cottages have use of our private tennis court and tennis ball machine but please bring your own racquets. We have a LTA Licensed CCA Tennis Coach available.

Hot Air BallooningSomething a bit different?
Looking for a new experience or challenge? Why not try a glider session high above the Cheviot Hills with the Borders Gliding Club , or why not go up in a Hot Air Balloon and gently float your way over Northumberland - Surely a holiday experience not to be forgotten!

Wooler / Local Amenities
THE GOOD LIFE SHOP - our very own deli selling local, regional and international cheeses. Salami, hams and health foods. Here you will find the award winning Doddington Cheese and Ice Cream made at Doddington Dairy, the neighboring farm to Turvelaws.

BREEZE - Enjoy a great coffee and excellent light lunches at Breeze. Browse around this lovely shop and art gallery, why not pick up a gift to take home too.

TR JOHNSON and FARM TO FREEZE  -  Excellent butchers selling quality meat and locally sourced produce.

FLORIN - jam-packed with super gifts and things for the home.

ESSENCE OF BEAUTY - Beauty Therapist. Enjoy a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage. Stock up on Dermalogica products.

GEAR FOR GIRLS: Super outdoor/sports wear clothing for women.

HAUGH HEAD GARAGE - Cycle Hire. Call Michael Straneways on 01668 281316.

WOOLER RUNNING CLUB - a small, friendly and enthusiastic local running club.

ROTHBURY WINES - If you would like a case of wine delivered to your cottage prior to arrival then please contact them.

YEARLE TAMWORTHS - If you fancy something really different - Sarah Dodds at Yearle Farm, Wooler offers a farm walk on a Thursday between 3pm - 4pm during the summer months Mid July - end September. Sarah rears Tamworth pigs and the walk includes a tour of her piggery and feeding the pigs. You might even see some piglets which I'm sure children would enjoy! If you want to delve even deeper she also runs courses on the management of pigs.

CHEVIOT DOG WALKING - Cheviot Dog Walking provides a reliable and experienced dog walking and day care service throughout North Northumberland looking after every dog as if it were our own.