The North Pennines is a stunning place to visit with friendly communities, spectacular countryside and plenty to see and do. Hexham is one of the prettiest market towns in the area, just a short drive from Hadrian’s Wall, Durham City and the Northumberland National Park.
Active outdoors pursuits in the North Pennines range from walking and hiking to fishing, kayaking, cycling and golf to suit visitors of all ages. Those who appreciate architecture, history and wildlife will find plenty of opportunities to indulge in their pastime. Hexham also has one of the most popular racecourses in the North East. Eating out in the country pubs and historic inns is another pleasurable way to spend the evening, within easy reach from your Hexham holiday rental.
This interesting self-guided walk guides visitors around the numerous medieval, Elizabethan and Georgian buildings including the 14th century prison and the spectacular Moot Hall gateway in this historic town.Shopping
The small shops which line Hexham’s narrow cobbled streets are the perfect place to pass some time. Local food shops, bookshops, art and gift shops offer a high standard of goods and the Farmer’s Market was named the best in the UK by the National Farmers Union.
The Allendale Microbrewery is located just southwest of Hexham and brews fine ales such as Allendale Best Bitter and Tar Barrel Stout. They can all be sampled in the local pubs and inns in the area.
The lovely Benedictine Abbey Church has an old Anglo-Saxon chalice and an equally historic crypt. The church is the focal point of the village and parts of it date back to 675AD when it was founded on the orders of St Wilfred.
Hadrian’s Wall is one of England’s most well known attractions. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers who once patrolled this border area. The wall stretches for 73 miles, although many places are just ruins. However from Cawfields to Walltown Quarry is the most dramatic section which still remains largely intact.
This Holy Island can be reached at low tide across the causeway. See plenty of wildlife, visit Lindisfarne Castle and see a copy of the priceless Lindisfarne Gospels.
Hexham has cold winters with highs reaching just 42°F and some frost and snow. Summers are warm but cloudy with temperatures averaging 66°F in August. Spring through autumn is a great time to enjoy a vacation home in Hexham when the weather is ideal for walking and outdoor activities.
The nearest major airport to the North Pennines is NewcastleAirport, which has daily services from many UK and European airports.
Northumberland has easy access from Scotland and the south via the A1 London to Edinburgh route which runs the length of the country. The A69 and A66 connect to the M6 and the A19 provides an alternative route from the south. The area is also easily reached by train as it is just 3 hours from London King’s Cross on the East Coast line.