The people who make the pretty town of Warkworth tick
PUBLISHED: 10:26 28 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:08 20 February 2013
This charming Northumberland town is packed with treats
Nestling in a horseshoe bend of the River Coquet, the historic village of Warkworth has a lot to be proud about. Unspoiled by modern developments, the village is a regular winner in the Northumberland in Bloom competition - and has reached the finals again this year - and is the perfect place for a quiet weekend break.
The Coquet flows right through the village and other historic gems include the Norman bridge, the Hermitage and St Lawrences Church. Warkworth Castle, a 1000-year-old fort is another must.
Warkworth also has a nine hole golf course, created in part of the Coquets old river bed, was founded in 1981 by golfing legend Tom Morris, and an award winning beach is just 20 minutes from the village centre.
The villages main street, which lies in the shadow of the castle, is full of bustling shops, cafes and restaurants, providing good wholesome products and service with a very friendly smile.
The traditional craft and gift shops are definitely worth exploring, as are the galleries and a number of homely pubs and cafes which line the villages streets, offering a fine selection of traditional English food and desserts to die for.
Warkworth is a great place for a day trip and has a range of award-winning holiday cottages which make it perfect for longer breaks, too. Julie Ringland from Coquet Cottages, who have 14 holiday homes in the village, said: Warkworth is recognised as the prettiest village in Northumberland and the people who come and stay here make a significant contribution to businesses here.
Lisa Hamlin, a member of Warkworths Parish Council says the village is the perfect place for tourists: Warkworth is a pretty picture postcard village with a vibrant community and an excellent location for tourists to visit. The village caters for villagers and tourists needs and it is a most welcoming and friendly place with a real sense of village spirit and community.
The print version of this article appeared in the March 2012 issue of North East Life
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