The village of Ridsdale is situated on the A68 and is perfect for exploring surrounding areas, only 30 minutes from Newcastle but still in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside. Ridsdale has just a pub, The Gun, which serves food which is all you really need!
Local Amenities include a post office/newsagents and The Bay Horse Inn which serves food within the neighboring village of West Woodburn 2 miles away. The small town of Bellingham, approximately 6 miles from Ridsdale has quite a lot to offer. A very picturesque place which has banks, shops including a co op, butchers, chemist and bakers, chinese take away, cafes, pubs and hotels. The Cheviot Hotel in Bellingham does take away food also and is a very friendly place for a drink or a meal.
Fishing is available in several locations, the nearest being sweethope for fly fishing. Located just outside the village.
Walking around Hadrians Wall is the most popular of locations but there are many, including Kielder Forest. At Bellingham there is also Hareshaw Linn which is a lovely walk, appprox 2 miles with a magnificent Waterfall at the end, perfect for kids too.
Kielder Water and Forest is Europes largest man made lake which is a wonderful place for wakers, cyclists( bikes can be hired there), water sports and also lots for the kids at Leaplish there is a play area, mini golf, Bird of Prey Centre, pub and boat trips. Further up Kielder to the top there is Kielder Castle and a free maze which makes a fantastic day out.The cycle hire place is located here.
Golfing is very popular at the Bellingham Golf Course. Swimming is also available at the Riverdale Hall Hotel in Bellingham and has a sauna too