December 31, 2018
We all know how difficult it is to avoid all the food and drink that the festive period brings in December. However, come January, many people find it hard to kick start their resolutions. In fact, the first week of January is known as the most depressing week of the year, as people head back to work following the fun of the Christmas season.
It can feel very blue, but this is an excellent time to plan a few holidays. That way, you have something to look forward to! Not only this, but some people find it an ideal time to actually head off on a break away somewhere in the UK.
A perfect location for this is Northumberland. A vast county, holidaying here allows you to do anything you want – whether you want to completely relax after the busy Christmas time, or do something new and exciting, like cycling, sailing or exploring. Also, you may think nothing really goes on in January, but Northumberland offers a lot to see and do.
Exploring Nature – January is a great time to see something new in nature. There are plenty of parks and areas you can go for walks, or take a bike. This includes Farne Islands, Seaton Sluice Beach or Bolam Lake Country Park, where one TripAdvisor reviewer said, “Created by John Dobson in 1816, with lakeside, woodland and open grass areas. There’s a wide variety of wildlife to watch, and it’s accessible to wheelchair users and pushchairs. A beautiful place for a day out.”
Visiting Museums – There are plenty of museums you can visit in the county which give you an educational day out. This includes Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Heatherslaw Corn Mill and Belford Museum. You can also find the Grace Darling Museum, which tells the story of Grace and her father's heroic rescue of nine survivors of the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in September 1838. The museum is a small site, with a stunning view from the first floor. This is what the Grace Darling holiday cottages were named after.
Seeing some amazing castles – The castles in Northumberland are fantastic places to visit at any time of year. You may find January is a quieter month to visit, which is great as you will have more time and space to explore and take photos. One of the most famous castles is Alnwick, but there is also Bamburgh Castle, Aydon Castle and and ancient ruins such as Chesters Roman Fort, Steel Rigg and Corbridge Roman town which are all worth a visit if you are into your history.
Blow away the cobwebs with a hike – There are some great hikes in this area which can be ideal for dog walkers, too. One of the best hikes is along Hadrian’s Wall, which is a famous trail, but there are other ones including the Cheviot Hills, The Lowry Trail and Hareshaw Linn. Harelshaw Linn is in Northumberland National Park in Bellingham and is perfect if you like the river view, as the path is well maintained and you can cross over several bridges along the way.