For lovers of the great outdoors, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained during a visit to our Estate.
However you wish to spend your days, there’s plenty of ways you can make the most of your time with us. If the weather’s kind, head out for a spot of fishing or a round or two of golf. Or pull on your walking boots and explore Northumberland’s vast landscapes and breathtaking scenery with a relaxing stroll through our Estate.
Hexham Golf Club is set within acres of fabulous countryside overlooking the River Tyne in the market town of Hexham. The golf club offers golfers a stunning and memorable 18 hole parkland golf course and invites both members and visitors to sample the warm and friendly welcome.
Distance from Walwick Hall Country Estate: approx 5 miles
Or head over to Close House Golf Club, the home of the world’s only 2 Lee Westwood golf courses and the North East’s only PGA Golf Academy. The courses are open to golfers of all ages and abilities, from grass roots beginners to seasoned professionals.
Distance from Chesters Stables: approx 16 miles
JAMES STOKOE TYNE RIVER FISHING
James Stokoe – winner of BBC’s fishing programme Earth’s Wildest Waters – has fished on the Tyne River since the age of 13. In the last 20 years, he’s watched it grow from strength to strength. We’re pleased to be able to offer our guests guided days fishing on the phenomenal warden stretches of this River.
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Explore the beautiful scenery of Northumberland on horseback. There’s a number of riding schools near Chesters Stables for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
The Sinderhope Pony Trekking Centre is based on a traditional working hill farm in Northumberland and is surrounded by miles of beautiful moorland and wildlife. There are various treks available to suit all abilities, riding over moorland and through dales on their cobs and native type ponies.
Just 4 miles away, Park End Equestrian has a superb top quality indoor riding arena with a wonderful range of show jumps and fillers. The arena itself is 58 metres by 22 metres, with a viewing gallery to seat approximately 185 people.
Alternatively, situated in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country is the family run Cragside riding school, offering riders of all ages and abilities the chance to enjoy the pleasures of horse riding in their 40 by 25 metre outdoor school.
We have a luxurious indoor swimming pool in our hotel Spa for all our guests to enjoy, including children (at certain times). We are also within easy reach of Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham where you can enjoy swimming lessons, pool fitness classes and fun sessions for families.
Take the opportunity to get up close to a range of owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures with an experience day at the Falconry Days activity centre, where you can take part in flying a variety of different birds yourself. A great hands-on experience that all the family can enjoy.
HUNTING & SHOOTING
For guests looking to stay active during their countryside break, we have a range of pursuits on offer, including hunting and shooting. Our trips can accommodate all skill levels, from beginner to experienced, and can be tailored to each individual’s taste.
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At an impressive 572 square miles, Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest area of protected night sky and officially England’s best spot to enjoy star gazing, having been awarded Gold Tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association. Located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Kielder Observatory, where you can explore the night sky using their incredible telescope. With an exciting programme of astronomical events throughout the year, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.
Northumberland offers some of the best bird-watching spots in the country. Northumberland National Park and the North Pennines are a great place to see black grouse, golden plover and other moorland specialities, like the curlew with its evocative haunting call, and you’ll find crossbills and secretive goshawks in woodlands like Kielder Water & Forest Park. A pair of ospreys has also hatched chicks in the Park for the last two years running – a record first time this has even been recorded in Northumberland. The county’s rivers are home to dipper, goosander, common sandpiper and grey wagtail.
Further afield, the Farne Islands are home to terns, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, shags and guillemots and from close-by Coquet Island you can catch a glimpse of Britain’s rarest breeding seabird, the Roseate Tern. Spring and autumn denote the migration periods and throughout winter, Holy Island and Lindisfarne NNR host the Svalbard-breeding population of Pale-bellied Brent Geese.
The wondrous nature, quiet roads and dramatic scenery of Northumberland makes it perfect for both road cycling and family day rides. Mountain bikers can also enjoy the Park’s purpose-built trails or bridleways. Or why not explore Hadrian’s Wall on two wheels? With its dramatic scenery, quiet trails and unique historic sites, there’s no better route