Just got home from a week in Northumberland. If it is somewhere you've never tried I commend it to you. The countryside is lovely and filled with small villages and towns offering all sorts of things to do. We always seem to end up pretty much along the East Coast which is really lovely and unspoiled. That said this is the first time we have visited in high summer and a couple of the popular beach towns were pretty crowded.
One of our outings was to Wallington Hall in Cambo near Morpeth. Really do try to get there if you are a garden fan. The walled garden is worth the trip on its own. It is huge and rocky and many layered and utterly lovely. There is a ton more stuff to go at - the house itself is interesting and has some lovely architectural features including a spectacular painted hall. There is a dolls house collection of 18 houses which is a rare find for anyone interested.
Back to the garden - here are some pictures of the walled garden to whet your appetite: