Wooler is a stone-built market in Glendale - the perfect gateway into the Cheviot Hills & Northumberland National Park (Image credit: http://www.iknow-northeast.co.uk/accommodation/624461-crab_apple_cottage_-_wooler.htm)

Wooler is a stone-built market in Glendale - the perfect gateway into the Cheviot Hills & Northumberland National Park

Wooler is a charming stone-built market town above Wooler Water, in the heart of the Glendale countryside in the Northumberland National Park. The Cheviots Hills are just to the west and the Northumberland Heritage Coast is within easy reach to the east (Alnwick is just over a 30 minute drive away). The town makes a great base for an outdoor activity holiday. Walking, cycling, rock climbing, fishing on the Tweed and Till, and horse riding are all popular in the area. The two long-distance paths - St Cuthbert's Way and the Pennine Cycleway cut through the area and many attractions feature in the nearby beautiful Ford and Etal Estates.

The Cheviot Centre near the High Street is housed within an old Victorian workhouse and stocks a wide range of guides, maps and leaflets on North Northumberland, The Cheviots and local attractions. The Centre also hosts regular live music and events. Wooler's High Street is a delight, lined with local food shops, independent stores, specialist outdoor clothing shops, historic country pubs and fine restaurants. The Fenton Centre offering a unique visitor experience on a real working farm is also close to Wooler.

North Northumberland landscape around nearby Ford village (Image credit: http://www.iknow-northeast.co.uk/accommodation/65929-the_estate_house_bed_and_breakfast_-_ford_village.htm)

North Northumberland landscape around nearby Ford village

Chillingham Castle

The Chillingham Estate near Wooler with a famously haunted 12th century castle is open to the public and available for weddings. Chillingham Castle was used as a base-camp for the attack against William Wallace in 1298. The Long Galleries date from the Elizabethan period. England's great landscaper Capability Brown, who was born not far from Wooler, designed the park at Chillingham in 1752. Find out more about Chillingham's ghosts on a castle ghost tour! You can walk direct from Wooler to the beautiful woodland of Chillingham Park for views of the castle. The Chillingham Wild Cattle Park is also in the area.

Stay in a welcoming farm B&B or cottage - Spylaw Farm at Chatton (Image credit: http://www.iknow-northeast.co.uk/accommodation/67579-spylaw_farm_b_and_b_-_alnwick.htm)

Stay in a welcoming farm B&B or cottage - Spylaw Farm at Chatton

Walking, Cycling & Hill Forts

Ancient Hill Forts and spectacular waterfalls such as Humbleton Hill Fort and Linhope Spout are popular walks around the market town. Other outdoor activities include local skiing when the snow falls on The Cheviots in winter and numerous cycling routes branch out into Glendale and The Cheviots from Wooler including the gentle family cycling route through the Milfield Plain. The long-distance St Cuthbert's Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne also runs through the town. The final stretch from Wooler to Lindisfarne is around 28 kilometres and takes in the famous St Cuthbert's Cave en-route near Greensheen Hill.

Festivals

Visit Wooler during the Glendale Festival at the end of July and the big agricultural Glendale Show at the end of August annually. Both are real showcases for local food and crafts. The Glendale Show is one of Northumberland’s flagship agricultural shows featuring craft and speciality food marquees, dog shows, sheep dog trials and livestock shows, family entertainment and children's activities.

Yeavering Bell Iron Age Hill Fort

Yeavering Bell Hill Fort west of Wooler is also known as Ad Gefrin, the palace of the ancient kings of Northumbria. The site represents the largest of Northumberland's Iron Age Hill Forts. In the Anglo-Saxon period it was one of the most important strongholds in England, site of a grand palace built by Anglo-Saxon kings. Evidence of earlier Neolithic presence has also been unearthed. A temple was once here and during the Bronze Age the dead were buried around Yeavering. English Heritage have been at work here and a heritage trail guides you around the site – pick up maps and guides at Wooler’s Cheviot Centre.

Flodden Field Battlefield Site

Flodden Field Battlefield Site

Battlefield Sites

Battlefield sites where the English and Scots fought surround Wooler including Flodden Field 1513 near Branxton. The lesser known site of the Battle of Homildon Hill in 1402 between Northumbria's army led by Henry Percy against the Scots Raiders led by the 4th Earl of Douglas is also nearby.

Accommodation in Wooler

  • Wooler   (0.2 miles from the centre of Wooler)
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    £205
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    Family friendly holiday park on the fringes of Northumberland National Park with great onsite leisure facilities & family friendly accommodation. Online booking
     
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  • Chatton   (4.3 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 6
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    £525
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 6+cot
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    Spacious three bedroom cottage on a North Northumberland farm near Chatton village, ideal for coast and country touring with a woodburner, free WiFi, patio and walled garden.
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  • Belford   (7.2 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 6
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    £363
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    This beautiful, detached cottage sits close to the market town of Belford, sleeping six people in three bedrooms.
     
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  • Alnwick   (11.2 miles from the centre of Wooler)
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    £69
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    Luxurious boutique B&B near Alnwick perfect for romantic breaks and for exploring the heritage coast. Two stunning rooms with luxury touches, one ensuite, one with private bathroom
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  • Wandylaw, Chathill   (9.9 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 2
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    £291
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    Peacefully located close to the magnificent Northumbrian Heritage Coast, these holiday homes (refs MTL, MTO and MUN) offer contemporary interiors in traditional buildings with s...
     
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  • Bellshill   (8.4 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 4
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    £324
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    This 19th Century, single storey cottage can sleep four people in two bedrooms and is loacted near to Belford in Northumberland.
     
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  • Chatton   (4.1 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 4
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    £295
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    This semi-detached cottage in Chatton sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
     
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  • Lowick   (6.9 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 7
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    £639
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 7
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    This detached cottage is set on an arable farm between the villages of Lowick and Ford in Northumberland and can sleep seven people in four bedrooms.
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  • Warenford   (9.1 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 8
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    £200
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    Choice of six delightful self catering holiday cottages just 4 miles from the beautiful Bamburgh coastline. Ideal for families. Pets welcome. Sleeps 5-8
     
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  • Wooler   (0.1 miles from the centre of Wooler)
    Sleeps 6
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    £305
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    Delightful stone built cottage in Wooler, just minutes from the town centre. Family friendly and perfect for walking and cycling with a woodburner and enclosed garden. Sleeps 6.
     
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