A million miles from the city in reality about 35!
The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are a star gazers paradise. The Waiting Room is situated in the enviable elevated position, above Staward Gorge and Allen Banks, National Trust Park, to take full advantage of dark, night skies full of millions of stars! There are many reasons to visit The Waiting Room but if Dark Skies are your thing we are not a place to miss!
>We have some of England’s darkest skies
>Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s biggest area of protected night sky which means future generations will be able to cherish and enjoy the spectacular views
>Covering over 580 square miles of breathtaking scenery in Northumberland, including Keilder we are the darkest part of England
>We see thousand of stars overhead compared with a handful from towns and cities
>Northumberland is gold star quality. The International Dark Sky Association has given >Northumberland Dark Sky Park its highest possible rating for its “starry” Skies
>The North Pennines AONB is one of England’s darkest areas great by night and day
You can see the Milky Way in all its glory, along with distant galaxies and sparkling star clusters
>North Pennines AONB have more Dark Skies Discovery sites than anywhere else in the UK come over to the dark side and see our stunning skies
Autumn and winter are the best times to view our dark skies with Star inspired events running from mid September to mid April. Contact us to book your stay
Pony Trekking with Sinderhope
Enjoy beautiful scenery on horseback. Sinderhope is based on a traditional working hill farm in Northumberland. We are surrounded by miles of beautiful moorland; wildlife is plentiful with many examples of upland birds of Great Britain, such as the Black Grouse, Red Grouse, Snipe and Lapwing.
Pony Trekking: various length treks to suit all abilities, riding over moorland and through dales on our cobs and native type ponies
Private Trek: we can provide private trekking for individuals or groups if you would like to go out with one of our guides. These treks are subject to availability. All treks are escorted by experienced riders
Pony Days: A fun yet educational day involving pony care and riding, provided to children in school holidays - Parent free! Adult pony days, can be arranged in term time
Book-a-Lesson: Lessons last 30 mins or 50 minutes and they are take place in the indoor arena which provides a safe, enclosed and dry environment – ride in comfort whatever the weather!
Sinderhope ave carefully built up a team of horses and ponies to provide a range of sizes, types and temperaments to suit every rider from the complete beginner to the most competent rider. Canters are arranged for the more experienced rider, while basic instructions and support are offered to the nervous or novice rider. Riding hats and boots included.
Birds and Wildlife watching – in Northumberland and particularly in the North Pennines AONB as we have some of the rarest birds and wildlife in England we are confident to say often rare to most people is common place to us. Bird and wildlife watching is very accessible across all parts of our countryside, but what really brings everything to life is when you have an expert guide to explain exactly what you are seeing and why the particular bird or animal is doing what they do. Northern Experience Wildlife Tours led by the very experienced Martin Kitching offer a range of guided half and full day watching and photography experiences.
If Romans and our history are of interest Wilddog Outdoors are based in nearby Haydon Bridge and offer guided walks from Cawfields on Hadrian’s Wall, Survival days and Bushcraft experience days – all in traditional Roman Costume. All sessions are very interesting, fun and informative events for all the family.
Which ever direction you choose North, South, East or West The Waiting Room location is ideally placed.
to the North is Hadrian's Wall, the Scottish Borders, the beautiful Northumberland coastline castles and beaches, not forgetting the town of Alnwick , the home of the Duke of Northumberland and Harry Potter.
to the South is Durham City with the magnificent Cathedral and Castle and the Durham Dales
to the East is Newcastle City, the famous Quayside with the five bridges, galleries, nightlife, architecture, shops, restaurants and much much more.
to the West is the world famous Cumbria Lake District renowned for walking, climbing, and sailing. Its a bit of a secret but The Lakes are fast becoming a bit of a favorite for foodies.
Nearby is the market town of Hexham with the ancient Abbey, Old Goal, Cinema, Threatre, leisure centre, shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Three miles to the East is the Roman village of Corbridge full of independent shops, tea rooms, and other gorgeous places. Don't forget your wallet - you WILL need it!
On the door step are the villages of Whitfield, Allendale and Haydon Bridge each with shops, places to eat and drink and other independent shops. NO chain stores around here. Mary Porthouse paradise!!!
If all of that is not enough below are some useful website address showing lots more things to do and see....enjoy browsing
Allen Valleys www.allenvalleys.com
Events & Attractions www.visitnorthumberland.com
North Pennines www.northpennines.org.uk
Events along Hadrian’s Wall www.hadrians-wall.org
Hadrian’s Wall www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall
English Heritage www.english-heritage.org.uk
Allen Banks National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Vindolanda Archaeological Site www.vindolanda.com
National Park Events www.nnpa.org.uk
Any questions please - just ask!