Northumberland is a big county with plenty of space and a wealth of outdoor activities on offer. It can be as easy or as challenging as you choose. There are many public footpaths to explore around Belford, or you may be planning on a longer walk such as St. Oswald's Way or St. Cuthbert's Way (see www.stoswaldsway.com and www.stcuthbertsway.fsnet.co.uk). Belford is convenient for the Coast and Castles cycle route (www.coast-and-castles.co.uk), and there is a good selection of golf courses within easy reach (www.goswicklinksgc.co.uk - Goswick - www.bamburghcastlegolfclub.co.uk - Bamburgh, to name but two). Canoeing, diving and swimming are all on offer - the most beautiful beaches are only five miles from Belford - and there are still many wild places if your interests lie in natural history. The Farne Islands, St. Abbs Head, the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve and Budle Bay are renowned for their bird life, and even from the footpaths around Belford you can see deer, red squirrel, buzzards and many other plants, flowers and animals of interest.
There is good climbing at Bowden Doors and in the Kyloe Hills (www.ukclimbing.com), and great diving at Seahouses and St. Abbs (www.farneislanddivers.co.uk and www.divestabbs.info). Horse riding is close at hand at Swinhoe Riding Centre, Kimmerston and Slate Hall (www.swinhoefarmridingcentre.co.uk, www.kimmerston.com, and www.slatehallridingcentre.com).
To find further details on activities such as sea kayaking, river kayaking, canoeing and rock climbing etc., you can visit www.active4seasons.co.uk where you will find information on courses, equipment etc.
Wind surfing and kite flying are also popular along the coastline, but if you would prefer something more sedate there are many historic places of interest to visit, where your imagination can wander through the past. If you already belong to the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org), the National Trust for Scotland (www.nts.org.uk), Historic Scotland (www.historic-scotland.gov.uk) or English Heritage, don't forget to bring your membership cards with you. And if you forget to bring a book it gives you an excellent excuse to visit one of the UK's largest second hand bookstores in Alnwick - Barter Books is located in the old station buildings at Alnwick and has a unique atmosphere all its own (www.barterbooks.co.uk). And if you feel like doing nothing at all, you can simply sit and drink in the wonderful scenery.
Full details of all Belford community events may be found on the Belford village website (www.belfordnorthumberland.co.uk). Click on the link for "Forthcoming Events".