Guide encourages visitors to county

Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Ashington.
Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Ashington.

A new guide to Northumberland has been released, that looks at taking in the county at a slow place.

Slow Travel: Northumberland, is an insider’s guide to the county, that encourages visitors and residents alike to slow down and explore the green lanes, footpaths, rivers and cycle trails that link Northumberland’s ‘Castle Coast’ with the heather-topped hills, Roman fortresses and villages of the interior.

The guide covers the whole of the county, as well as Newcastle and the North Tyneside Coast.

Seaton Delaval Hall, an historic bath house in Blyth, Newbiggin’s RNLI station, which is the oldest working station in the UK, and Woodhorn Museum all get a look-in, as well as the more obvious attractions such as Alnwick Castle and Gardens, and Hadrian’s Wall.

Local knowledge of historic towns, heritage sites, wildlife-watching spots and countryside walks, and words and tips from local heritage experts make this an authoritative guide that is as entertaining as it is informative.

As well as offering a guide to the popular and well known castles, beaches, and historical buildings, it also recommends the road less travelled, to some of Northumberland’s less well-known villages.

n To celebrate the launch of Slow Travel: Northumberland, Bradt Travel Guides is running a competition to find the most perfect day in the county.

To enter, simply write a description of your perfect day in no more than 500 words. First prize will win a two-night break for two including B&B and a meal at Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, and two runners-up will receive annual family passes to Alnwick Castle.

The deadline for entries is June 30. Email your entries to with the subject line Northumberland Competition. For full terms and conditions, see