In this area there are many public footpaths & cycle ways. The famous C2C cycle route is only one field away.
There is cricket at Chester-le Street, golf at Slaley Hall, bowls at Stanley, racing at Hexham, horse riding, bird watching, and fishing on the many rivers and reservoirs.
The unusually clear light in the North East is particularly favoured by landscape artists and photographers.
Within a 20 mile radius of Bee Cottage you can visit
Newcastle with its bridges, shops, restaurants and entertainment
Gateshead Metro Centre caters for shopaholics!
Durham City with its Cathedral, Castle, gardens, theatre, riverside paths and museums
Beamish Open Air Museum
Hadrian’s Wall, museums and forts
Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum
Hexham town with its Abbey and Gaol
Corbridge village with its arts and crafts shops
Picturesque Blanchland medieval village
Locomotion Railway Museum, Tanfield Railway
High Force, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, is England’s highest waterfall
Beautiful Weardale with delightful villages such as Stanhope, Wolsingham and Alston. There are also two lead mining museums.
A little further afield takes you to Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Cragside House, Wallington House, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Holy Island, and the beautiful Northumberland Coast.
There is so much more not included here—2 days will not be enough!