We are fortunate enough to have numerous walker-friendly watering holes which provide the perfect place to quench your thirst with a refreshing pint.
Here, we look at 10 of the best options close to popular walking routes around the county.
1. The Red Lion, Milfield
A few miles north of Wooler on the A697, The Red Lion dates back to the mid 1700s. Originally frequented by the Sheep Drovers of the northern counties, it became a major resting point for the Mail Stage Coach carrying passengers and mail between Edinburgh and London.
Nowadays, all visitors to the Red Lion can enjoy a wholesome meal, good well-kept beer and warm relaxing friendly surrounding in which to unwind.
To work up an appetite, try a five mile walk along the farm lanes to Crookhouse where the steady climb is rewarded with lovely views over the surrounding countryside. Continuing on walk along quiet country lanes passing through Lanton before returning to Milfield and well earned refreshments.
Photo: Jane Coltman
2. The Black Bull, Lowick
The Black Bull Inn is situated in the rural village of Lowick and is located close to St Cuthbert's Way. The property was first licensed as a public house in 1817. It is believed that the building, in parts, dates back to the mid 1600s.
The pub closed in 2014 after several years of brewery ownership and was declared an asset of community value in 2015 after much campaigning by the local people. In the same year LEKT Property, a family business which was created to support rural and community development in Northumberland acquired the freehold. Through the efforts of family, friends, volunteers and local contractors the pub was totally refurbished and re-opened as a contemporary country inn during early 2017.
3. The Barn at Beal, near Holy Island
The view from the terrace at the Barn at Beal towards Holy Island. A footpath runs from Beal Farm along to the tidal causeway which links the mainland with Holy Island. *Make sure to check the tide times before crossing.
The Barn at Beal, formerly a cart shed/barn, was converted into a coffee shop & restaurant in 2008. The adjoining Bothy Bar also welcome families, cyclists, dog walkers and their well-behaved dogs! The Barn at Beal stands in a National Nature Reserve and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Photo: Helen Millichamp
4. The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses
The three mile walk along the golden sands between Seahouses and Bamburgh is a must for any walking enthusiast. There are numerous bars and restaurants to choose from in both villages at the end of your journey. Set off from Seahouses and the striking Bamburgh Castle makes a wonderful backdrop for the duration of the walk. There are also attractive sand dunes, pretty wildflowers and great views over to the nearby Farne Islands.
Starting from Bamburgh, the bustling harbour at Seahouses is the target. Overlooking it is the Bamburgh Castle Inn (don't be confused by its name, it is in Seahouses!) complete with beer garden looking out towards the Farnes.