Explore Vindolanda and other
Spectacular Roman Sites
on Hadrian's Wall National Trail
Many Acitivities Around the Village
Enjoy Wonderful Countryside & Northumberland's Historic Sites
Ideal for Day Trips to Kielder Water,
Durham, Newcastle and Carlisle
Housesteads, thought by many to be the most spectacular Roman site on Hadrian's Wall (on Hadrian's Wall National Trail), is 3 miles and a pleasant walk from Strand Cottage, whilst Roman Vindolanda (2 miles) and its sister site, the Roman Army Museum, are also close by. Also, within 10 miles are the roman forts at Chesters and Corbridge. See Hadrian's Wall bus timetable.
If walking the length of Hadrian's Wall, we would suggest west to east as the wind is generally on your back. If you stay here close to the centre of the walk you can visit Vindolanda and Housteads whilst taking a day break in the middle of your experience. We would suggest that you drive to where you want to end your day's walk and then catch the Hadrian’s Wall bus to the start. That way you can take as much time as you wish on each day's walk without worrying about getting anywhere on time. No unpacking or repacking each day or paying for transporting your luggage. You can unpack on day one and unwind each evening with no hassles. (See also our Walking Hadrian's Wall page)
We can on request and for a nominal fee to cover costs, fetch a takeaway meal for walkers and cyclists to enjoy here.
Errington Reay Pottery, established in 1878, is situated in the village of Bardon Mill and has a factory outlet. Also in Bardon mill is Unique In Glass, makers of hand crafted designs in mosaic and stained glass.
Alston, the highest market town in England and where Oliver Twist was filmed, is 10 miles away and can be reached by an acclaimed scenic route, the A686, which runs from Alston to Penrith and was voted amongst the world's 10 best drives.
The South Tynedale Railway (steam) runs from Alston, and close by are the Nenthead Lead Mines, which are open to the public.
One mile from Strand cottage is the National Trust property of Allen Banks which has extensive walking tracks, several picnic areas and affords some of the most beautiful vistas in the Northumberland area.
We are in peaceful, unspoilt Northumberland - a county of spectacular castles and coastline, and ideal for walking.
Kielder Forest Park and Lake, Europe's largest man made waterway is a pleasant 40 minutes drive away. If you want some closer walking amongst attractive fells and woodlands the Northumberland National Park which is the largest in England starts two miles from the cottage.
Within an hour's drive south is County Durham where the whole family can enjoy Beamish Open-air Museum and visit the magnificent Durham Cathedral.
Newcastle, with its many museums, shopping centres and new Gateshead Millennium Bridge, is 30 miles to the east, whilst two miles further on along the A1 is the Gateshead Metro Centre, the largest shopping centre in Britain.
In North Shields all the family can enjoy a fun-packed day's entertainment at Wet and Wild, a large swimming pool with a great many slides of all shapes and sizes.
Carlisle, with it's many historical sites, including Carlise Castle, Carlisle Cathedral & Tullie House Museum, is 22 miles to the west of Bardon Mill.