A Touring Route Through The Cultural & Historic Heart Of England
One destination, two idyllic villages, 20 attractions - at Ford & Etal you can create your own perfect day out. Tucked between the Cheviots and the Scottish Border, our agricultural estate offers a bit of everything - from walking trails to cosy tearooms, historic battlefields to the most northerly steam railway in England.
Our 5,500 hectares of unspoiled countryside are open for exploration all year. Cycle or stroll our paths and bridleways, and paddle a canoe along the burbling River Till. Visit the Duddo standing stones (Northumberland's Stonehenge) and march in the footsteps of 16th-century soldiers at Flodden Field - today's tranquil landscape belies its turbulent past.
Don't miss Lady Waterford Hall, a building commissioned by the Marchioness, and once the village school. An associate of John Ruskin and the pre-Raphaelite movement, she spent 21 years decorating the interior with Biblical murals. You can also learn to grind your own flour at our Heatherslaw Mill, meet the largest herd of rare-breed Clydesdales at our Heavy Horse Centre, delve deeper into borderlands history at Etal Castle, and take a ride on our narrow-gauge steam train.
A warm Northumbrian welcome awaits wherever you go, especially in our villages. Browse rare books and paper craft in our quirky shops, pop into one of our pubs for a real ale, or visit a cafe for slice of traditional Border Tart.
As well as the many things to see and do at Ford & Etal a number of events are held throughout the year. These include children’s baking at Heatherslaw Cornmill, markets and traditional village shows at Etal, horse-drawn carriage rides and brewery tours at Hay Farm and Cheviot Brewery, and a traditional Christmas Market in Ford. If you’re in the area be sure to call at the Visitor Centre for up-to-date information about what’s on where, or visit the events page on our website. You may even find that there is so much to see that you want to stay a while, booking into one of our quality guesthouses or self-catering cottages.