Lake District or Northumberland?

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We will be looking to book this years holiday soon. It will probably be a caravan holiday which is what we usually do. We normally go to North Devon but have a few reasons for needing a change this year.

We got a puppy last september and want to take him with us. Ds is 7 so he does need to be considered though can be amused outdoors.

We have never been to the lakes and have only passed through Northumberland. We want to cut our usual journey time this year for the sake of the puppy(we live in yorkshire) We are happy to be countryside based as long as coast is possible as a day trip. Anyone with any experience to offer?

MrsHoarder Mon 07-Jan-13 20:26:35

The lake district is lovely, but I wouldn't rate it for beaches (on the sea). Lovely walls by the actual lakes though, chance to take a boat out etc.

bureni Mon 07-Jan-13 20:28:22

I would not rate the Lake district very highly, saturated with tourists too many rules plus the lakes are more like large puddles

MrsBungleBear Mon 07-Jan-13 20:29:53

I like both but would go for Northumberland every time. I prefer the scenery and it is quieter. The area around Holy Island is very nice. Bamburgh Beach is lovely.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 07-Jan-13 20:32:51

Northumberland for me. Fab beaches for dog walking, very friendly locals, loads of National Trust places and castles and the wonderful Alnwick Garden. And much less rainy than the Lakes too!

If we did the lakes we would probably consider a drive into Blackpool for the sake of ds one day. I know its a trek but we have done Southampton as a footballing day trip before now!

I know Blackpool is no beauty but I figure we would have other days for that. I think our little Border terrier would enjoy the walks in either place.

AliceWChild Mon 07-Jan-13 20:34:07

I like Northumberland

Mmm the ruggedness of Nothumberland does appeal for my little terriers sake. Both him and ds love mud and messing around on walks.

I worry slightly that lake district could be a little grown up for ds but can see pros and cons for both hence the request for help!

Roseformeplease England Mon 07-Jan-13 20:39:36

Northumberland is much, much drier so is likely to be better weather.

MirandaWest Mon 07-Jan-13 20:40:46

Northumberland is great smile

Is there anywhere in Northumberland where you can get that tacky coast experience for an afternoon? Fish chips and a little amusement arcade? I am thinking purely of ds here so in terms of 7 year old appeal and would only need to amuse for an hour or so. In Devon we spend most of time outdoors but like to give him his tacky seaside afternoon too!

Another one voting for Northumberland. I love the area around Kielder and our two DSs found Hadrian's Wall and also Alnwick Castle fascinating!

CluelessMama Mon 07-Jan-13 21:35:44

Another vote for Northumberland, amazing beaches especially near Bamburgh, or Cheviots and Kielder for countryside. Alnwick Castle and Gardens have a vg reputation. DS might find Holy Island a bit of an adventure, only accessible by car along a causeway that is impassable when the tide is in, that made it seem v exciting when I was wee. Maybe Berwick or Seahouses could provide the chippy and amusements experience?

Is Northumberland do-able without a car, does anybody know please?

Mutt Mon 07-Jan-13 21:39:01

Northumberland every time.

And Seahouses is tacky enough for an afternoon smile

DewDr0p Mon 07-Jan-13 21:44:02

Northumberland is great for a family holiday. Fabulous beaches and more castles than you can shake a stick at.

And I agree that Seahouses will amply provide the tack factor for an afternoon grin

Looks like Nothumberland is a winner!

To be honest is looks as though there is plenty to ds and my furry snouted one to do. Beamish allows dogs too so could be worth a trip.

We'd just found Seahouses too online and thought it looked like it would hit the spot. Thanks everyone. We now need to start trying to find some parks to investigate.

Please come visit further inland too! Some beautiful scenery & Hadrian's Wall is stunning. Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum are great for kids.

Mutt Mon 07-Jan-13 21:58:11

Your border terrier will love it - it's a very dog-friendly area smile

Don't miss the coastal walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle - you'll wear him and DS out. Holy Island is a fantastic place to visit (just be sure to check the tide times so you can get there and back again) and Bamburgh Castle is stunning and very child-friendly.

And when you've had your fill of arcades, fish and chips and crazy golf at Seahouses you can get take a boat trip to the Farne Islands to spot seals and puffins.

FrameyMcFrame Mon 07-Jan-13 21:59:39

Waren Park (hoseasons) was very nice. Lovely setting and a heated outdoor children's pool. About 5 mins drive to Bamburgh, 10 mins to Seahouses.

Remus, in answer to your question about travel, it would be quite tricky. There are buses but in some areas they only run on one day a week!
If you let me know where your interested in, I can have a look

Leafmould Mon 07-Jan-13 22:04:25

I think it would be difficult without a car, Remus, lupin.

Thanks both. I thought it might be difficult but I really fancy seeing Holy Island.

We will Northumberlandlass, we were looking for somewhere with a good mix of walks.

We will have a look FrameyMcFrame, thanks.

Thanks everyone for all the sights advice. I don't think we will have any problem filling a week!

Hanleyhigh Mon 07-Jan-13 22:08:18

I love Northumberland!

To me Seahouses is exactly the right amount of tacky; it has those lovely chippies, boats to the Farne Islands, a crappy crazy golf that's loads of fun, walks round the harbour, a couple of lovely beaches, local ice cream, lifeboat station, cashpoint, little co-op (not to be underestimated in this neck of the woods), views of Bamburgh Castle...

I second the idea of the walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh - we always go a bit further and have a butty at The Ship Inn, Low-Newton-by-Sea. You can buy kippers in Craster or at the smokehouse in Seahouses.

I have never seen as many Border Terriers as we have done when walking the Northumberland Coastal Path.

I am getting very excited now!

I think Borders are popular in the North full stop. I think he is the best puppy ever obviously but I have had blokes doing Uturns in the road to come and ask about him and the rabbitting types in the woods always want to give him the once over grin

Avuncular Mon 07-Jan-13 22:22:23

Excellent camp/caravan site just SW of Bellingham (see Google Earth).

Downstream of Kielder Water so walks, cycling, nature reserves, watersports etc etc. It's also on the Penine Way.

Think its Camping and Caravanning Club.

Very nice hotel/restaurant in the town.

Make up your own minds about logistics of coast visit.

Used it last year for a short stopover en route Leeds/Edinburgh.

Unfortunately we need a static site Avuncular. I'd love a caravan but dh says there is now way he is prepared to tow so I can't argue the toss as I don't drive.

41notTrendy Mon 07-Jan-13 22:31:01

Oh that walk from Craster, wonderful. Beaches in Northumberland are great. And the light.
But I do want to say how much I love the Lakes too. In fact, we have just booked to go this year for the first time since ds. But we go for hill walking and we think ds is just about old to do some big hills without too much moaning grin.
Do the Lakes next year smile

DottyDot Tue 08-Jan-13 13:31:09

I'm thinking of booking here for a few days in the summer - me, dp and 2 ds's aged 11 and 8, but we don't know the area at all and I'm a bit worried it'll be too quiet for ds's - although seems to be just what I'm looking for, personally grin

any advice on Craster and how near other slightly larger places are would be good - I'm desperate for a bit of peace and quiet near the sea, so this seems to fit the bill perfectly, but don't want ds's to be moping around any more than they usually do saying there's nothing to do...

iseenodust Tue 08-Jan-13 16:17:22

Northumberland every time. We took DS 8 there last year. Dogs of the well behaved variety allowed on the beach all year round, even Bamburgh which is awesome beach. Beaches will seem half-empty compared with Devon. Dogs allowed on the boat trips to the Farne Islands (check if allowed off though). Plenty of decent pubs which allow dogs in pub garden. Alnwick Castle no dogs.

iseenodust Tue 08-Jan-13 16:19:49

Dotty stretch the budget to body boards and wetsuits (the Seahouses co-op was selling cheapo ones last summer) and you'll not get them out of the water. Craster doesn't really have a beach which is rare on that bit of coastline.

Dotty - there really isn't much to do in Craster itself, although it is stunning! But loads to do around about.

Do try and come inland a bit - lots of focus on Northumberland coastline and while absolutely glorious - Northumberland is such a vast county there is so much to do elsewhere! (can you tell I live in the heart of Northumberland?) grin

DottyDot Tue 08-Jan-13 16:21:50

no beach at all? Hmm... that might be a deal breaker then! I wanted somewhere we could wander along, beach-wise?

DottyDot Tue 08-Jan-13 16:22:49

But I really want to be by the sea <wail> grin But sea with beach fussy mare.

FreddieMercuryforQueen Tue 08-Jan-13 16:27:03

I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea but you could try Hagerston Castle, I think it might be a haven site and you are close enough for a day trip to Edinburgh as well. Plus driving distance of holy island, Alnwick, bamburgh, seahouses etc. plus in site entertainment if it is your thing.

DewDr0p Tue 08-Jan-13 16:28:51

DottyDot I don't think you'd be more than a short drive from some fab beaches - there just isn't one in Craster itself.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 08-Jan-13 16:34:29

We had a holiday in Northumberland when DD was a bit younger than that - fab. The Lakes have lots of lovely places too but given the serious hills, as someone said do that next year. Don't really know of good seaside places on the cumbrian coast tbh. I live relatively near Blackpool and rarely go there (apart from occasionally the zoo) - St Annes better for beach (one side of the pier dogs allowed). But Northumberland better.... c'mon, you've got a Border Terrier, that's close to home for him!

YY to wetsuits - we didn't have them at that point, DD and I braved the cold north sea but would have been better with! Holy Island is just wonderful to roam around - especially if you know you can't leave before the tide recedes, you just have to totally relax. smile

We stayed a couple of nights in a hotel in Alnwick, the panelled dining room of which came from the Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic. Can't remember anything else about it but a nice bit of trivia!

We are definitely going for Northumberland and are very excited! Thanks for all your brilliant advice.

We are looking at Sandy Bay and Creswell Towers caravan parks. We have used Parks resorts before so aware of how accomodation usually is but does anyone happen to know these parks or areas. We will only be using them as a base mainly.

DottyDot Thu 10-Jan-13 21:05:55

I've wussed out and decided on Robin Hood's Bay - slightly more going on for ds's and slightly less far to travel. Don't know if it's possible to do a day trip though - have no clue about distance etc. Will need to check!

FrameyMcFrame Thu 10-Jan-13 22:51:55

Sandy bay is not good, there is a view of a power station on one side of the beach. It is just outside one of the most deprived towns in the North East (Ashington) Please don't go there! It's not really Northumberland.

Look further North, towards Bamburgh and Seahouses. I grew up in Northumberland and live in Newcastle so I know these places quite well.
Cresswell is at the top of Druridge Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Northumberland. There's not much there apart from a massive beach though. Don't know if the Caravan Park is good or not though.

Thanks Framey, thats the kind of info I needed.

Cresswell Towers could suit us then as doesn't really matter what the imeadiate area is like for interest, I would just prefer it not to be horrible.

We have never on any of our holidays spent the day on the park, it is purely somewhere to sleep after exploring the region we are in. We are happy to drive around. It would just be nice if there is somewhere local to go for a walk of an evening once you have arrived back.

Thanks again.

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