Northumberland is the least populated English county, a tranquil haven of unspoilt vistas and landscapes rich in natural beauty and historic heritage.

Famous for its Roman archaeology, the World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall, salmon fishing and unspoilt wilderness, Northumberland is increasingly well known as a world-class destination for mountain biking (Kielder Forest) and golf (Matfen and Slaley Halls).

Plan a day out to the beautiful sandy beaches of the North Northumberland Heritage Coast, visit the celebrated Farne Islands or explore the world-famous Alnwick Castle and Gardens - they can be reached by car in just over an hour.

Kielder Water and Kielder Forest, with its incomparable walks, excellent mountain bike trails and watersports facilities are easily reached from The Goose Barn.



The Goose Barn is situated inside the Northumberland National Park, in an area historically known as 'Once Brewed'. On the horizon and less than a mile away, is the spectacular jagged outline of Hadrian's Wall. This is an ancient, unspoilt, historic landscape and traces of the Romans are everywhere. One of our fields, now the home of ground-nesting birds, was once the site of a Roman aquaduct. The most thrilling and important Roman sites along the Wall - Vindolanda, Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald - are in easy reach of our farm.
Immerse yourself in history at the Roman Army Museum at Walltown, explore the extraordinary riverside Roman baths at Chesters - they are both a five minute drive, or a morning's walk away. Or catch the award-winning Hadrian's Wall Bus from the Once Brewed Visitor's Centre and travel the entire length of the Wall.

There are two pubs, both serving excellent food, within two miles. Further afield, there are innumerable historic villages and towns to explore, either to the east along the beautiful protected Tyne Valley, or west towards the Lake District and the delights of Cumbria.

The nearest small town for provisions is Haltwhistle, designated 'The Centre of Britain'; just four miles away, it can be reached by road, or on foot from The Goose Barn, via the newly restored Burn Gorge walking trail. It boasts a modern open-air swimming pool, which children enjoy when the weather is kind!

The nearest large town is Hexham, with its famous Abbey: there you can find a small cinema, a golf course, a picturesque weekly market, and quality supermarkets, including Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

Horse riding can be arranged for guests at the local stables, two miles away in Bardon Mill. Shooting and fly fishing are available in season and coarse fishing is available locally.

Visit the Farmers' Market at Greenhead, three miles to the west; visit the enchanting Lanercost Priory with its Pre-Raphaelite stained glass a mile or so further on.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with its buzzy quayside, celebrated theatres, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, fine restaurants and Geordie hospitality is only 35 miles away and well worth a visit.

To the west lies Carlisle with its full range of shops, cinemas, museums and restaurants. Penrith, Keswick and the Northern Lake District are within a 1 hour drive from The Goose Barn.