Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens is set in beautiful Northumberland – and you can get there with us thanks to our special summer X75 express service, running fast and direct from Newcastle and Ponteland.
The X75 service has also been extended to serve Bolam Lake and Wallington this year.
When the X75 runs in 2022
The X75 service will run every Saturday between 7 May and 3 September 2022
Timetable and map
- View the X75 timetable and map – simply change the calendar to your desired date of travel
X75 bus fares
- Day return from Newcastle – £6
- Day return from Newcastle for English Heritage or National Trust members – £4.80 (just show your membership card)
- Family Day Ticket – £12 (up to two adults and 3 children with minimum of one adult and one child)
- Day, weekly and monthly tickets are valid (all zones tickets)
- Concession pass holders travel free
Discounted entry when you travel with us
Save 20% on admission to Belsay or Wallington when you travel with us.
Simply show your bus ticket when you arrive at either location to receive the discount.
What to see and do at Belsay
Explore the medieval castle
Power up 56 spiral stairs to marvel at the view from the top of the 14th-century defensive ‘pele tower’ at the top of the ruined medieval castle, which was built as a refuge at a time of Anglo-Scottish warfare but it was also designed to impress.
Explore the maze of rooms and keep your eye out for rare traces of elaborate medieval wall paintings. In the manor house style wing you can still see the old cooking range and fireplaces. The whole ensemble here is the creation of the Middleton family over more than seven centuries.
The estate was owned almost continuously by the family from the 13th century, when Sir Richard de Middleton was Lord Chancellor to King Henry III.
Wander around enchanting gardens and Belsay Hall
Lose yourself in the vast 30 acre Grade I listed gardens. Follow through ravines cut out of rock to discover the jurassic-feeling Quarry Garden.
Inspired by Sir Charles Monck’s travels, the Quarry Garden has its own microclimate which means all sorts of exotic plants grow there.
Explore the stunning Greek Revival architecture of Grade I listed Belsay Hall. Enjoy year-round seasonal interest in the formal Yew Garden and Magnolia Terrace. And if you’re feeling energetic why not take the Crag Wood walk?
Once you’ve worked up a hunger from all of that exploring, make your way to the tearoom in the hall’s original kitchen. The team serve hot lunches and lighter bites like soups, sandwiches and sweet treats. There are hot and cold drinks to quench your thirst too. The stotties really are the star of the show, we recommend trying the bacon & blue cheese. Lots of the ingredients are locally sourced, including the scones which are made right here in the kitchen by the chef.
Wallington – House, Gardens and Woodland
Wallington was gifted to the National Trust in 1941 by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, a socialist MP and lover of the outdoors, who passionately believed in giving the estate for the pleasure of everyone.
Take your time to explore all that Wallington has to offer, from walking through landscaped woodlands, take in the beautiful walled garden or explore by bike on our family-friendly cycle trails. Embrace your sense of adventure in one of our four outdoor play areas.
Explore Wallington on foot
There are miles of footpaths and trails on the Wallington estate, and a good walk is the perfect way to enjoy the changing seasons in the Northumberland countryside. Put your walking boots on and explore parts of Wallington you may never have seen before.
The Wallington estate covers 20 square miles so if you love a good walk, you’re in the right place. The walks on offer are varied and depend on whether you are heading to the House and Grounds or looking for a trip out onto the wider estate.
Walks accessed from the House and Grounds are the River walk and the Farm walk. Take a stroll through the woods, past ponds and through the walled garden on the popular circular river walk. Look out for traces of Wallington’s industrial past along the Wansbeck river bank and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife - red squirrels, otters and white-clawed crayfish all call the Wansbeck valley home.
Head to Trout Bridge on the River walk to see the brand-new contemporary art installation – featuring 7 running wolves, each representing one of the Trevelyan children who once enjoyed the freedom of exploring the woods at Wallington. The installation was unveiled in March 2022 and designed by artist duo INSTAR. It’ll be in-situ on the River walk for two years.
Explore Bolam Lake
There are a variety of woodland and lakeside paths for visitors to make their way around. The path circumnavigating the lake is 1 mile long and is fully accessible for wheelchairs & buggies.
There is no play park but the woodland setting is fascinating for toddlers so it really isn’t needed. There are picnic benches/seating at various points around the walk and it’s a flat route.
There are information signs at various points around the walk pointing out walking routes, nature and wildlife you may spot. Maps and guidance notes are available from the visitor centre.
The lake is home to lots of birds including swans & geese, you’ll love walking along the jetty to say hello to them!
During your walk, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. If you are lucky you may spot roe deer, red squirrels, woodpeckers and nuthatches.
Bolam Lake is the perfect walk for families/friends looking for an easy short walk with plenty to see and lots of scenery to enjoy and admire. It is definitely one of our favourites.
Visitors can explore the wider countryside using the extensive public rights of way network that spans from the park.
The X75 service is supported with funding from National Trust and English Heritage.