The Most Scenic Drive In Northumberland
Published: Tuesday 16th Jul 2019
Written by: The Original Cottages Team
Time and time again, Northumberland comes up in guides to the best drives and road trips. One particular route is perfect for those that want a scenic drive with a lot of variety, and the possibility of stops on the way.
This Northumberland route is about 90 miles in total, taking about an hour and 15 minutes each way if you decide note to stop. So, it’s not too much commitment, either.
It goes something like this…
You can start off this route from Bondgate, and in central Alnwick, you should aim uphill, south west on the B6341 heading for Rothbury. What’s great about this route is that it is well sign posted so you don’t need to stress too much!
On leaving Alnwick you will feel you are climbing uphill for about three miles, and at the top there is a lay-by with an amazing view of the Northumberland coastline. Only a little way in, and already you have a view! From here you can see south to Blyth and Tyneside and north east you will see the Farne Islands (another great place to visit if you are in the area.) The Cheviot Hills can also be seen from here – truly breathtaking!
After you have enjoyed this view, you can continue your drive until the road bears left and on the right there will be a very clear view of the Cheviot hills. Many people have said that this view is one of the best in the entire country – why don’t you see for yourself. Be careful of the edge!
Next, you can enjoy the Victorian railway viaduct at Edlingham. You can also see the Medieval Castle of Edlingham. There is a place to park here so you can get out again and enjoy the views. You will find a small stream and waterfall which is pretty for taking pictures.
So after this, carry on your drive towards Rothbury. After three miles or so, on your left is the National Trust’s Cragside Estate. At the bottom of the hill you will see Tumbleton Lake and a visitor centre, which is also worth a look around. If you don’t want to stop here, carry on to Rothbury. There are some nice shops here to enjoy if you want an hour away from the car.
When you are ready to carry on, follow the signs for Otterburn. The river on you left is the Coquet and then you will drive through Thropton. Billsmoorfoot is the next stop where you can catch a glimpse of the deer. You will also pass through Elsdon, Kielder Water and Bellingham, a small town with a small range of shops and pubs, and then Stannersburn. Continue along the Forest Drive until you exit onto the A68 Road. Follow the signs for Newcastle heading to Otterburn, and look for the B6341 Road for Rothbury on you left. You can then retrace your steps to Rothbury, and then Alnwick.
If you want to stay in Northumberland, then Original Cottages has a range of holiday cottages to choose from where you can base yourself.