The picturesque village of Warkworth is almost completely encircled by the River Coquet, and is dominated by the splendid mediaeval castle perched on a mound above. The castle is the most splendid ruin of its type in Northumberland. The first fortification on the site was probably in 1139, with a curtain wall being added in the early 13th century. The chief building period came in the late 14th and early 15th centuries and a good deal remains from this, including the highly impressive keep.

Warkworth, near the mouth of the river Coquet, has a sandy beach only 1 mile away and fishing and boating in the river. You can travel by boat from the castle (or follow a shady path) upstream to the Hermitage, an unusual refuge dug into the face of the bluff by some hermit in the 14th century. Not much is known about him, but he hollowed out a chapel and two living chambers on two floors connected by steps. Hermits lived here in the 16th century. Coquet Island offshore was also supposed to be a retreat for solitary monks.

St Laurence's Church is the only fairly complete Norman church in Northumberland. It has five Norman windows in the nave, a highly decorated chancel arch and vaulted chancel ceiling, and a rare 14th century stone spire.

The bustling town of Alnwick, with its famous Castle and Gardens is within easy reach, as is the rest of Northumberland’s stunning Heritage Coastline, ideal for walking. Amble, two miles south of Warkworth (approximately 4 miles from Eastfield Hall), has a marina and offers water sports, fishing trips and excursions to Coquet Island an offshore RSPB sanctuary. You can find more local attractions in and around Alnwick through the Visit Alnwick website.

Mahonia Lodge is a great place to relax after sampling the attractions of this fascinating area. Golf and horse riding are available nearby.

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