A short distance from the Shortflatt Tower estate is Bolam Lake country park. The park has lakeside walks, woodland tracks and open grassed areas for all to enjoy. Coarse fishing permits can be obtained for a day’s fishing on the lake or trout fishing at Higham lakes fishery, which has a choice of 3 lakes and is only 5 miles away.
Footpaths & Bridleways
There are several footpaths and bridleways from Shortflatt tower which will take you through Harnham and the Buddhist monastery. Continue to Shaftoe Crags for sweeping panoramic views across one of England’s best preserved rural landscapes. On a good clear day, you can see the Northumbrian coast and silhouettes of the Simonside hills. In the distance you will see the Estate of Wallington hall, the popular National trust property which was home to the Treveyan family in the 1800s. The hall is set in 100 acres of rolling parkland, woodland walks, ornamental lakes, lawns and walled garden.
Capability Brown was described as the Shakespeare of gardening and was born at Kirkharle which is 8 miles away. Enjoy the coffee house and courtyard shops. This was his first workplace and the lake has been restored to his original design.
Belsay Hall, Castle and gardens are only 3 miles away and the castle can be seen from the top of Shortflatt tower. The hall is inspired by Grecian architecture, ramble around the ruined medieval castle and 30 acres of gardens including the quarry garden with its own microclimate and unusual plants.
Alnwick & Cragside
Further afield, Alnwick castle used in filming of Harry Potter and the new Alnwick Garden boasts the finest contemporary garden in the uk. Cragside house in Rothbury was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Both the house and gardens are a popular national trust attraction.
There are many places nearby to visit the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall, the Roman’s biggest British building project that still dominates the county’s landscape almost 2,000 years after it was built. Head to the coast with more than 30 miles of beaches, Bamburgh castle, Druridge Bay, Holy Island, Farne islands are all places to explore.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
We are within short driving distance of Newcastle upon Tyne city centre’s excellent shopping. Newcastle’s Quayside is a vibrant area to visit, with world famous bridges, The Sage live music venue and Baltic centre for contemporary art. Newcastle is also renowned for its amazing nightlife, regularly voted one of the best nights out in Britain. Newcastle is only 25 minutes’ drive away and the airport is only 9 miles away making Shortflatt tower Estate very accessible to everyone.