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Haltwhistle: the heart of Britain

The small town of Haltwhistle in Northumberland is known as the centre of Britain thanks to its location just south of the Scottish border. Newcastle and Carlisle are within easy reach, too, making it the ideal base for exploring the north of England, while the town is also just three miles from Hadrian's Wall, the historic construction built by the Romans in 122 AD.

Admire Haltwhistle's moorland surroundings

There's 22 walks to do around Haltwhistle, known locally as the Haltwhistle Rings. While many of them take in the historic attractions of the town, including the 13th-century Holy Cross Church and the 19th-century industrial buildings, you can follow one of the paths out of the town onto the surrounding moorland.

Try the walk to Hadrian's Wall or, if you'd like to take in the town's history, download the Burn Project's leaflet 'A Walk Through Time' for a great historical guide to the area.

Explore Haltwhistle's quirky high street

Mosey down Haltwhistle's high street and you'll be treated to a plethora of charming boutiques and quirky cafes. From second-hand fashion and traditional sweet shops to a watch museum and a novelty gift shop, there's something for everyone here.

Be sure to sample some of the delicacies on sale in the cafes, too, from breakfast at Jethro's to pub grub at the Black Bull.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Haltwhistle? Travelodge Carlisle Central Hotel places you in the heart of this exciting city, while to the west, Travelodge Gateshead Hotel is just off the A69 and gives you great access to Newcastle.