Where we are
Pantile Lodge is located in the village of Milfield, near Wooler in Northumberland. It is attached to Cafe Maelmin. The local postcode is NE71 6JD.
Milfield is a small working village with easy access to the coast and the hills. It has a cafe which offers breakfast, lunches, and goodies for picnics and there is a pub that serves food and a small village shop that supplies daily newspapers. A short drive of 5 minutes or so will get you to Wooler. The small town has local butchers, bakers and some other artisan shops. There are various pubs and restaurants. The larger towns in the area are Berwick upon Tweed and Alnwick and are both a nice place to visit. Edinburgh, is only about an hour by car or 45 minutes on the train from nearby Berwick-upon-Tweed.
There are walks from the village, along quiet country lanes with views of the agricultural landscape and Till Valley. Official walking routes nearby include portions of The St Cuthbert's Way and the Pennine Way. Cycling is equally enjoyable in the area with a combination of flat routes and more challenging countryside on offer.
Try horse riding at Kimmerston just down the road who offer riding in the Cheviot Hills as well as rides on the spectacular sandy beaches on nearby Holy Island. For fishing, the cottages are only a ten minute walk from the River Till and other stretches are available.
Other sports include golfing - with dunes courses at Bamburgh and Goswick and there others at Wooler and Belford. It may be possible to arrange a trial flight in a glider at the Borders Gliding Club at Milfield - and it's fun to watch the gliders circling above.
At some point you are sure to want to board a boat at Seahouses and travel to the Farne Islands to see the colonies of Grey Seals and an impressive array of birdlife including Puffins (seasonal). Don't miss going to Lindisfarne - The Holy Island - with its castle and priory. Reached only at low tide by crossing a lengthy causeway Lindisfsfarne is a great day out but watch for those tides as several cars get stranded each year.
Northumberland boasts some of the best and often most deserted beaches in the country. Our favourite is Cocklawburn beach at Scremerston which is a natural dune beach with secluded headlands. There are plenty of dunes and sights to see - not forgetting, of course, Bambugh Castle which is spectacularly positioned on a craggy outcrop and dominates the skyline for miles around.