College Valley

Martin and Eildon have lived here for 29 years and they have considerable knowledge of the surrounding hills and the local area. Martin is a keen ornithologist and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. Eildon is a keen walker and amateur botanist. You can enjoy walking and gain some unique insights into the working landscape.

Their daughter Diana is a cranio sacral and massage therapist and has her own practise close by. She also looks after horses – her stables are available for visiting horses if required. She can also take guests on their own horses and show them the wonderful country.

Sporting opportunities include hunting with the College Valley North Northumberland and horses can be hired from Kimmerston Stables at nearby Milfield or stabling can be provided at Hethpool for people bringing their own horses. Riding out from Hethpool either accompanied on their own horses or horses provided by us. Other local activities include fishing on the Tweed and its tributaries, The Till, Glen and Bowmont. There is also lake fishing which can be arranged.

Footsteps Northumberland circular guided walks led by Patrick and Louise Norris visit Northumberland National Park, the Heritage Coast and the countryside between the two. The College Valley is a favourite walking destination, so please join a guided walk to enhance your appreciation of this beautiful and rugged valley and learn something of the farming, history, geography and wildlife of the place you are holidaying in. Please telephone Patrick on 07847 506399 to book a place on these popular walks.

Shepherds Walks also offer various levels of guided walks around the area. Visit their website or call 01669 621 044 for more information.

There are other self-catering cottages available in College Valley through Northumbria Byways.

For more in depth information about the valley, its historical sites and abundant wildlife, do visit the College Valley website.

SILENCE! You are entering the quietest place in Britain.

When you are lucky enough to come across a special place that remains little known, the duty to report on it and the desire to preserve its charm by keeping quiet can be hard to reconcile.

The Times February 2010

The Borders

St Cuthbert’s Way