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National Trust Break inc Cherryburn, Seaton Delaval, Souter Lighthouse & Rievaulx Terrace 2 Days 21 – 22 June 2020

Historical sites to take you back through time, vast landscapes to explore, and wildlife That’s Northumberland. Countless castles jostle for attention – ‘proper’ castles with battlements and portcullises, ghostly ruins guarding endless sandy beaches, and ones that echo with ancient footsteps. At night, turn your gaze upwards to see millions of stars pinpricking Northumberland’s famed dark skies.

YOUR HOTEL Copthorne Hotel Located in Newcastle Quayside, right in the heart of this vibrant city. As the only hotel in Newcastle city with all of its rooms overlooking the River Tyne, all are en suite and have satellite television and all the modern day facilities you would expect from a hotel of this standard. The hotel has a lift.

SUNDAY Depart Kettlewell’s yard early morning for our journey north and our first visit of the day Cherryburn this unassuming Northumbrian farmstead is the birthplace of famous artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick. Bewick is perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist: a wood engraver and naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England. Set in a tranquil garden with views across the Tyne Valley, Cherryburn is surrounded by the natural world that inspired his work. We depart here mid afternoon for Seaton Delaval which may have been one of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh’s smallest country houses; but it was home to the larger than life Delaval family. The house and surrounding landscape were in keeping with the style expected in Georgian society, yet behind the formality lies a story of theatrical mischief. Depart late afternoon for Newcastle and our hotel in time for dinner.

MONDAY Our first visit of the day is Souter Lighthouse and the Leas opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter is a special place all year round and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity. To the north The Leas is a two and a half mile stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland. The cliffs and rock stacks of Marsden Bay are home to nesting Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Cormorants, Shags and Guillemots. We depart for home mid afternoon calling at Rievaulx Terrace discover one of Ryedale’s true gems – the 18th-century landscape of Rievaulx Terrace. Stroll through woods, then out on to the terrace, with its stunning views down over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey.

PRICE INCLUDES: Depart from Kettlewell’s Yard coach parking available. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation.

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