The beautiful county of Northumberland offers so many things - outstanding walks, stunning beaches, cycling and so much history. All of this easily accessible from the Rose & Crown, Slaley.
Local walks include the very pretty Juliet's Wood, a nature reserve under the management of Northumberland Wildlife Trust and accessible from a public footpath close to the Rose & Crown. Ladycross Nature Reserve is just 3 miles away and guided tours are available. A further walk across the moors brings you into Blanchland village.
Blanchland village, 5 miles by road, has been used as a film set for several Catherine Cookson films. All the houses in the village still look much as they would have done in the 18th century and Blanchland Abbey, founded in 1165, is still used for worship today.
Slaley is close to a number of the National Cycling Routes and cycling through Slaley Forest is a popular activity. For golf enthusiasts, Slaley Hall, with its two golf courses, is just over a mile away.
The lovely market town of Hexham, lies 5 miles north, and has a very beautiful Abbey dating to 674AD. Hexham was known for its leather gloves industry in the 19th Century and you can still find features belonging to that time. The market place and the Moot Hall are in the centre of the town. Close by is the Old Gaol, now a museum, dating to the 14th century making it the oldest purpose-built prison in England. The Queens Hall on Beaumont Street, near to the Abbey, houses the Tourist Information Centre, Library & Arts Centre and a cafe.
The Rose & Crown is close to Hadrian's Wall country with its spectacular walks through varied terrain. The Roman museum of Vindolanda and the fort at Housesteads still have many features intact and show what life was like in Roman Britain at its most northerly point.
Further afield is Alnwick Castle with its famous gardens designed by the Duchess of Northumberland. The stunning north Northumberland coast is close by.
Cragside House at Rothbury, home of Lord Armstrong built towards end of 19th century was used to 'showcase' his inventions. Reputedly the first house to have electricity.
The Northumberland coast is lovely with plenty of ruined castles to walk to, some partially inhabited.