Longframlington is the gateway to Coquetdale - regarded by many as the finest part of Northumberland.

Coquetdale offers the visitor a wide range of contrasting landscapes to explore, from the "in-by" farms in the valleys with their neat hedges and ordered fields, to the "out-by" fells stretching up to the horizon where even stone walls are rare.

The capital of Coquetdale is Rothbury - our nearest market town, a busy attractive centre for local shopper and tourist alike. Nearby is Cragside, built by the Tyneside industrialist Sir William Armstrong. It was the very first house lit by hydro-electric power and Sir William brought the railway to Rothbury to allow him to get to work!

Power and transport come via different routes today, but the National Trust allows you to explore Cragside House and its history, established as the name suggests at the edge of a wilderness of moor, hill and heather.

Coquetdale leads into the Cheviot Hills that guard the marches with Scotland to the north.

These hills, at times brooding and lofty, at others, mellow and inviting, are truly a place for all seasons.

Walkers, naturalists, farmers and sportsmen all enjoy their unique solitude. And men of all ages have left their mark - from iron-age forts, through Roman camps, to the present day, where human settlement is rare.

Lying to the north east is the moody unspoilt coastline, with commanding castles like Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Warkworth, and mile upon mile of golden sandy beaches.

The holy island of Lindisfarne, birthplace of Christianity on these shores, nestles alongside the nature reserves of the Farne Islands.

To the south, Northumberland subdues itself into a more sedate landscape. Here you will find the county town of Morpeth, with its busy market and shops.

Visitors should take a note to visit the Bagpipe Museum, which features the counties very own instrument - The Northumbrian Small Pipes - A reminder that while winter nights may be long, they needn't be dull!

Further down the A1 are Newcastle, Tyneside and County Durham. English Christianity was cradled here, and the northern heart of the Industrial Revolution was built on coal and steam.

The pride of the North East, which flourishes in our great football teams, also flowers in the great celebrations of our past - at such sites as Beamish Museum - where the story of the region has been literally re-built.

For the committed shopper, there lie the many and varied delights of the Metro Centre - a shopping experience so good it still attracts the Norsemen across the wild North Sea- Although now they tend to arrive via scheduled flights rather than longboats!