Northumberland scooped the Gold at the 2018 British Travel Awards for “Best UK Holiday County/Destination”. We have come close before now, but have been pipped to the post by Cornwall for the past four years. It is fantastic that we have experienced record visitor numbers to the region, and that so many people have enjoyed the hugely different landscapes and experiences that Northumberland has to offer.

Northumberland Gold

We are proud to announce that Layside has won a Bronze Award for “Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2018”. This announcement was made on 21st November at the North East England Tourism Awards, and it is fantastic to see that Northumberland has scored so highly across a number of categories!

It has been a busy start to the season at Layside and we are finally enjoying some glorious Northumberland sunshine. Last week we were delighted to welcome Helen Pickles to Layside, writing for the Telegraph online “Travel Destinations”, and featuring some great places to stay. We are honoured to be included in this listing which features  “the best hotels in Northumberland”, chosen by the Telegraph travel expert, “including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels and Northumberland hotel deals”. Follow the link to read on:

Telegraph Travel Destinations Layside Review

Haltwhistle is a small town in Tynedale, Northumberland, approximately 10 minutes drive from Layside. Walking festivals are organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who wish to share their love of the local area with others. All walks are guided by trained leaders who aim to provide interesting routes and good information about the area in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. The Spring Walking Festival runs from April 28th to May 7th, and there will be 24 guided walks over the 10 day period as well as 2 evening events.

For a full list of events and for bookings, please visit:

Haltwhistle Walking Festival 2018

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed near Bardon Mill opened its doors in July last year following an extensive £14.8m construction project, and has now been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The area’s newest major visitor attraction is in the running for one of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) awards for planning excellence – an award which celebrates exceptional examples of planning.

Tony Gates, chief executive of the Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted among the outstanding projects in the heritage and culture category.”

Just a short distance from Layside, The Sill is a “must visit” attraction. Whether it be to view the permanent interactive exhibition which brings our landscape to life, or simply just to enjoy the spectacular views and wildflowers from the grassland roof, it is the perfect place to begin your Northumberland adventure!

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre on Hadrian’s Wall, at Once Brewed near Bardon Mill.

 

 

Northumberland has been voted the best UK destination to land a top travel award. The county beat the likes of Cornwall, the Scottish Highlands, Yorkshire and the Lake District to take the gong in the Reader Travel Awards 2018, organised by Wanderlust travel magazine.

The magazine says that its awards scheme is ‘always highly anticipated, as we have the best-travelled readers around and as the results are based on a satisfaction rating rather than on sheer numbers’.

In the top UK destination category, Northumberland won with a score of 95 per cent, followed by the Scottish Highlands (94.67%) and Dartmoor (94.4%). The rest of the top 10 was: Pembrokeshire 94.29%; Lake District 93.98%; Edinburgh 93.77%; Yorkshire 92.78%; Cornwall 91.02%; New Forest 90.32%; Peak District 90%.

The awards citation reads: ‘With one national park, two areas of outstanding national beauty and one triangular chunk of impressive landscapes, it’s hardly a surprise you think Northumberland is the best bit of Britain. ‘Combining dune-fringed beaches, high moorland, sweeping valleys and spectacular history, it’s no wonder this Scotland-nudging land is touted as one of the UK’s last great wildernesses – and your favourite.

‘It has everything – 2,000-year-old history along Hadrian’s Wall, walking routes webbing its rugged interior, and dark sky status – meaning you’ll enjoy looking at another otherworldly canvas after dark.’ The results of the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards are based on travel experiences between December 2016 and November 2017. For each main category, readers – more than 2,000 of them responded – were asked to list up to four entries and score each one based on their own merits, of which an average was calculated and converted into a percentage.

 

Hadrian’s Wall is set to receive a cash boost of £10,000 to reflect its economic, cultural and social importance. Northumberland County Council co-ordinates the management of the UNESCO World Heritage Site on behalf of six other local authorities along the length of the Wall, and is keen to increase its annual contribution to help maximise the potential of Hadrian’s Wall.

An online poll is now open to vote Northumberland National Park the UK’s “National Park of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. A winner back in 2016, Northumberland National Park has once again been nominated for the award by a panel of expert judges including TV presenter John Craven.

Voting runs until March 5th.

Visit the following link to have your say!

http://www.countryfile.com/bbc-countryfile-magazine-awards-2018

Our best loved walk from Steel Rigg (5 minutes from Layside) to Housesteads Roman Fort was voted in at no. 18 of “Britain’s Favourite Walks” by over 8000 enthusiasts. Facing some stiff competition from the Highlands of Scotland to the Lake District and Snowdonia National Park to name but a few, we are incredibly proud to have this gem on our doorstep. If you are thinking of walking just a part of the Roman Wall, this is the walk of choice, and one can enjoy one of the richest parts of the country for Roman archaeology whist appreciating the stunning surroundings and the impressive Whin Sill that the Wall was built on. It also takes the walker through Sycamore Gap, and past the tree made famous due to its appearance in “Robin hood Prince of Thieves”, and the 2016 winner of the Woodland Trust “Tree of the Year”. This walk is enjoyable in so many ways, but one of its greatest advantages is that despite the numbers of people visiting the area, there is always an opportunity to enjoy solitude and take in the incredible views whilst soaking up the history of rugged Northumberland.

We still believe this walk deserved the number one spot!

Building work at Layside is now complete with just a few finishing touches required before we welcome guests from January 2018.

We would like to thank the terrific team at KMC Joinery for transforming our dreams into reality and creating the  stunning accommodation at Layside. Each room enjoys fantastic views to the south over the Tyne Valley, and we can’t wait for our guests to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Layside has to offer.