Belford, Northumberland

Belford, Northumberland
Belford, Northumberland

As is now traditional on the May Day weekend, we met our friends Valerie and Kenn somewhere between their home in West Yorkshire and ours in Glasgow. This time, the choice was Northumberland, specifically Belford, a coaching stop on the main A1 road from London to Edinburgh until it was bypassed in 1983.

It was quite sleepy-looking when we were there, although it livened up with the Saturday morning market. Its coaching past was also evident with the historic Blue Bell Hotel.

Our own accommodation, a former farmhouse, was called Bluebell (all one word) Lodge so it covered all bases by having a blue bell and bluebells (just visible on the middle window upstairs). It was very comfortable and so spacious that we could all have sat in separate rooms if we’d fallen out – which we didn’t, of course.

We were also provided with plenty of reading material – the landlord seemed to know several authors who had left collections of their books. If the weather had been really bad, we would have had plenty to choose from. It wasn’t – mainly bright, but too cold to sit out in the garden or on the tiny little deck over the stream which ran down the side of the house.

So what did we do? Castles galore! More to come…


44 thoughts on “Belford, Northumberland

  1. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor May 26, 2016 / 12:50

    I love when places have books for you to borrow and read. Pretty neat tradition to meet up with your friends every year 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh May 26, 2016 / 12:56

      Thanks, Ellen. We have known each other a long time and visited each other’s homes so many times that we had run out of new places to go. It seemed a good idea to start meeting up somewhere else, and it works well.


  2. nomad, interrupted May 26, 2016 / 13:53

    It looks like the perfect place to meet up with old friends. I love quaint little towns like this. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh May 26, 2016 / 14:47

      Thank you, it was very quaint, including our cottage – though it had been upgraded inside to very modern standards thankfully!

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  3. Liesbet May 26, 2016 / 14:36

    I love the idea of meeting up in different places, combining the social aspect with the exploring aspect. So many towns and areas to discover, together! So much to see and do, so much to catch up on with long term friends. I’m glad you enjoyed it and curious about the castles!


    • Anabel Marsh May 26, 2016 / 14:51

      Yes, it’s always worked out for us and it means we explore parts of the country we aren’t so familiar with. Glad you are curious! Hope to have a castle ready for next week.

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  4. May 27, 2016 / 00:50

    What a lovely tradition! We are sadly lacking castles (Hearst Castle up the coast is the closest) in our area so I am looking forward to your pictures!


    • Anabel Marsh May 27, 2016 / 07:32

      We visited three in a very small area – all quite stunning.


  5. Heyjude May 27, 2016 / 01:06

    Loved Northumberland when I visited several years ago; fell in love with the landscape and the beaches, the castles and the people. We must have driven past Belford on the A1 as we went to Lindisfarne and then Bamburgh Castle. That’s the trouble with by-passes, you miss these pretty little towns.


    • Anabel Marsh May 27, 2016 / 07:34

      The turn off to Belford is almost immediately opposite the one for Bamburgh. Both it and Lindisfarne coming up soon!

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  6. Beth Walsh's Photoblog May 27, 2016 / 05:00

    What a lovely little town with some nice old architecture, especially if there are castles too. Looking forward to more pictures from your weekend.


  7. jazzfeathers May 27, 2016 / 06:56

    Looks like a beautiful place, if sleepy.
    Castles???? I’m waiting 🙂


  8. Becky B May 28, 2016 / 15:19

    Love the blue bell . . . and reading your lovely post and seeing the wonderful photos makes me want to return north soon 🙂


  9. inesephoto May 29, 2016 / 00:10

    What a cute place with indigo door and the blue bell 🙂 I wonder if there is a bluebell wood nearby.


  10. rosemaylily2014 May 29, 2016 / 05:29

    Looks a lovely spot to meet up Anabel – what a nice tradition! Love the name – Bluebell Lodge! Am looking forward to reading about all the castles too 🙂


  11. Birgit May 29, 2016 / 05:35

    This looks like a beautiful place to visit especially since it is not crazy busy. I love some of these pictures…just so nice looking.


    • Anabel Marsh May 29, 2016 / 09:29

      Thanks Birgit, it was a nice little village to stay in.


  12. Marcia Strykowski May 29, 2016 / 14:00

    Beautiful–I love all the timeless stonework and the idea of meeting up with friends at new locations.


  13. Alex Hurst May 29, 2016 / 22:25

    I love all the old buildings with stone. And that sun-washed, peeling paint. True rustic, and just gorgeous. I hope the event went well! Kind of cool that the owner just left the books for others to pick up. ^-^


  14. lisadorenfest May 30, 2016 / 22:58

    Belford looks delightful and the Bluebell Hotel very inviting.


    • Anabel Marsh May 30, 2016 / 23:14

      Nice inside too (though we had dinner there one evening and the food was a little disappointing)

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  15. iamwebecca March 27, 2017 / 21:17

    Great blog post! definitely something that interests me. Im new to blogging, would you mind following me and checking out my own too? Great Read! x Bex ps. im local and its lovely to see people enjoying northumberland as much as i do x


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