(17 miles by car) is an historic market town in the heart of the Tyne Valley.
The town has many shops restaurants and cafes, a leisure and arts centre and the racecourse is close by.
Attractions include the magnificent Abbey built around AD 675 and the 'Old Gaol', the oldest purpose built gaol in England.
(10 miles by car but closer on foot) is on the banks of the North Tyne. There are shops,a cafe, three pubs and the Bellingham Heritage centre