There are many facilities available within walking distance of Ranters Chapel including shops, pubs, a cinema/theatre and a leisure centre with indoor swimming is close by too. Hexham is dominated by its majestic abbey, only 100m away, and is often recognised as the jewel in Northumberland’s crown. Golfers will delight in the several prestigious courses close by including Matfen Hall and Slaley Hall. Ramblers and cyclists will enjoy discovering the miles of wild and beautiful vistas of the open countryside this area is renowned for. Allendale, renowned for its unique Pagan ceremony, celebrated at New Year, is known as the Tar Barrel Festival and well worth a visit. Perched at the head of the Allen Valley is Allenheads, which has its own Heritage centre. Further up the Pennines is the remote market town of Alston; it sits 1300 feet above sea level and claims to be the highest settlement in England and is the starting point for the South Tyne Railway.
This is the very heart of ‘Hadrian’s Wall Country’, set within England’s largest Heritage site - the most northerly of National Parks. Vindolanda is close by and 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 within easy reach of Ranters Chapel. Take the train to visit the vibrant city of Newcastle around 20 miles east or Carlisle is an easy journey west making Ranters Chapel an excellent base for those seeking to explore the historic charms of Hadrian’s Wall Country coupled with easy access to visit the global city of Newcastle and the Eden Valley and the Lake District National Park too.