This year we are celebrating 1900 years since the building of Hadrian’s Wall, and we are lucky at Layside that we can look out upon this National treasure every day. The weather has been fair over the past few days, and we have enjoyed walking our Labrador Bart along the Wall, and meeting people from all over the world who are once again returning to Northumberland to enjoy this magnificent landscape along with it’s Roman history.

Find out more about the year long celebrations of Hadrian’s Wall at 


With clear dark skies and frosty mornings, winter is a lovely time to visit Northumberland and to enjoy the stark beauty of the National park and rugged landscapes. Why not put your feet up after a days exploring and enjoy one of Kevin’s home cooked meals delivered to your door? We still have availability throughout the winter, and if you are looking for that special Christmas Gift idea, we can tailor make a package for you and provide you with a gift voucher – just let us know your requirements!

Our resident Brown Hare can now be seen most days at Layside – the young leveret enjoying garden shrubs and spinach from the vegetable garden. It is believed that the hare was introduced to Britain by the Romans around 2000 years ago and it is good to see that recorded numbers of these beautiful animals are steadily increasing. It is certainly a pleasure to watch, best seen early in the morning or at dusk – or under the car where it has made a comfortable “form”.


Northumberland National Park has won the prestigious accolade of National Park of The Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018.

This is the second time the National Park has won the respected nationwide competition through an online public vote, making the least populated National Park in the country the undisputed people’s champion once again.

Almost 180,000 votes were cast by nearly 30,000 people, representing the biggest response in the award’s history and Northumberland National Park winning the strongest and most debated category.

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