48 hours at Wooler Youth Hostel

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If you’re looking for a destination that offers both natural beauty and fascinating history, Wooler Hostel in Northumberland, England is the perfect place to spend a memorable 48 hours. With its incredible landscapes, intriguing sites, and delicious local cuisine, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Day 1: Exploring Ancient Landscapes

Kick off your adventure by hiking up to Dod Law, the highest point on Doddington Moor. it is just an 8-minute drive away from Wooler Yout Hostel.  The stunning panoramic views across the Cheviots and Milfield Plain will take your breath away. This archaeologically rich moor is home to Iron Age enclosures, Bronze Age burial cairns, and several carved stones, making it a treasure trove for history buffs.

In the same area is Cuddys Cave, also known as St. Cuthbert’s Rock. This massive sandstone formation, resembling an elephant foot, is steeped in local folklore. According to legend, the devil once hanged his granny on this hillside!

After all that hiking, head to Doddington Dairy Milkbar for a delicious afternoon snack. This popular ice cream parlour was built by a local farmer in the 1930s and offers a wide selection of award-winning ice creams and shakes from Doddington Dairy. Treat yourself to a sweet treat before the 2-minute drive or 9-minute walk back to the hostel.

In the evening, unwind at The Bosk, only a 15-minute drive from Wooler Youth Hostel. It is a trendy coffee house and wine bar that offers a great selection of local Northumbrian gins, ales, and freshly roasted coffee from Coffee & Kin. The Bosk’s cool, airy interior and outdoor terrace provide the perfect setting to relax after a long day. Indulge in a hearty steak or Sunday roast and raise a toast to the wonders of Northumberland.

As the day comes to a close, settle in at Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Hut. This beautiful accommodation is set on spacious grounds on the edge of town and boasts en suite bedrooms, a huge dining and common room, drying facilities, and a large self-catering kitchen. The Shepherd’s Hut sleeping cabins make it ideal for groups and families, and the tranquil surroundings provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Day 2: Discovering Northumberland’s Hidden Gems

Begin your second day with a visit to Chillingham Wild Cattle. Only a 14-minute drive from Wooler Youth Hostel. This rare herd of wild cattle, rarer than the most endangered tiger, has a gene pool so isolated that every animal is a genetic clone. The cattle can be potentially dangerous, so a warden must accompany visitors.

Next, head to St. Peter’s Church, which is just around the corner. It is a charming country church that houses an extraordinarily ornate 15th-century tomb of Sir Ralph Grey and his wife Elizabeth Fizhugh. Admire the intricate details of the tomb before heading for a well-deserved dinner.

For dinner, head to The Percy Arms, a village pub serving homemade, meals with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced seasonal ingredients. It is just a 4-minute drive from St Peter’s Church. Enjoy a delicious meal and soak up the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this traditional pub.

As the day draws to a close, make your way back to Wooler Hostel – just a 10-minute drive away from the pub. With a choice of sleeping accommodations that can accommodate up to 51 people, this hostel has something for everyone. The en suite rooms sleeping 2, 4, and 6 people, as well as the shared bathroom rooms sleeping 4 and 8 people, provide comfortable and affordable options for groups of all sizes.

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