Although Sweethope Crofts provide a secluded retreat they are surprisingly accessible to explore this beautiful region. The A68 is just a few miles west and the A696 a similar distance east. The picture postcard village of Bellingham offers a good selection of facilities, including a tourist office and heritage centre and a highly regarded 18-hole, par 70 golf course is on its outskirts, only eight miles away. The Woollen Mill at Otterburn is popular with visitors a short drive north. Pony trekking, windsurfing, sailing and ferry trips are only a small sample of the many outdoor activities that can be arranged at Kielder Water – Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake – which is cradled by Kielder Forest Park, nearby. There are several prestigious golf courses close by too. The historic market town of Hexham, dominated by its majestic abbey is only 19 miles away. The World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall Country, England’s largest Heritage Site within this most northerly of National Parks is within easy driving distance and Vindolanda, Thirlwell Castle, a quarry wildlife park, The Roman Army Museum and Walltown Craggs – the highest remaining section of Hadrian’s Wall - are all interesting visitor attractions close by. Take time to visit the ancient town of Morpeth or the vibrant city of Newcastle and the Gateshead Metro Centre – all within an easy drive. Ramblers and cyclists will enjoy the miles of bridleways and footpaths whilst absorbing the panoramic vistas of the wild and un-spoilt countryside across the Northumberland National Park ensuring Sweethope Crofts provide an excellent base to explore the many delights across Northumberland giving easy access to the Scottish Borders too.