My last foray before the latest COVID19 sanctions was to Walwick Hall. I was dubious about staying in the UK rather than going abroad, but the coastline of the North East of England was rugged and charming. Walwick Hall was the perfect spot to stay while exploring Northumberland's vast landscapes and history, as well as strolling around the estate. Our first day took us to Alnmouth Bay with its sandy coastline and lush fields, the contrast of which I found inspiring for colour palettes and texture. We stumbled across Scott's of Alnmouth while walking through this picturesque coastal village, and bought some homemade deli essentials. I had read about Bamburgh Castle nestled in sand dunes considered the most scenic beach in the country. It didn't disappoint. It was stunning and we felt envious of the local people walking their dogs and having this stunning backdrop as a daily escape.
Due to our location it only felt right to spend a day immersed in local history. We ventured up a steep hill with a toddler on my husband's shoulders (always under prepared parents), through the stunning local landscape to a section of Hadrian's Wall. 84 miles long, nearly 2000 years old, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and right on our doorstep. It really was an inspiring sight to behold.
We closed our days with a late afternoon drink in Walwick Hall's garden followed by an evening swim at their spa. The glass-walled pavilion gave panoramic views of the surrounding Tyne Valley and each evening the sky and tones varied. I always felt energised and refreshed. The week off allowed me to enjoy a digital detox, as well as spending quality time with family.