Inland from the Northumberland Coast
With glorious views across unspoilt countryside to the coast, there are two places inland from the Nothumberland Coast that the National Trust looks after, brimful of history, beauty and legend.
Near Chillingham is the misleadingly-named Ros Castle. Not an actual castle, but a moorland hill with traces of an Iron Age settlement, Ros Castle offers walks crowned with views right across Northumberland and out to the coast.
Deep in the Kyloe Hills hides St Cuthbert’s Cave - it's nearest hamlet is Holburn, between Belford and Wooler. It is believed the monks of Lindisfarne brought the saint’s body here as a safe resting place. Above the cave, which is nestled in woodland, you can climb up to a rocky crest to enjoy views right up and down the coast.
Both of these special places are beautifully off the beaten track.
For St Cuthberts Cave use sat nav for Holburn Grange - TD15 2UL. Look for the National Trust signpost, there is a small NT carpark ( please note this is a small field that can get very muddy in wet weather) at the end of the lane, after the cottages.
For Ros castle access from the A1, signposted for Chillingham, or via Chillingham / Hepburn - folow signs for Hepburn woods, drive past the car park and the base of Ros casle is approx 500m furthur on. Look for the National Trust omega sign.