The small hamlet of Wingates nestles in the north Northumberland countryside in picturesque surroundings. Although small, the village is steeped in history and evidence of early occupation in the area as early as 1242 has been recently discovered.
The original settlement which was brought together as a township community with a single landlord is now surrounded by farms. By the mid 18th century, the Wingates Estate achieved national fame for it's mineral waters of the Chirm, where a spa was built to make use of the healing waters.
Records also show Wingates to have had a prosperous timber and coal mining industry in the 19th century but the estate was broken up in the 1950's with individual farms and cottages being sold to tenants.
Wingates sits close to the Northumberland National Park; the park covers 400 square miles (103,600 hectares) of wild Northumbrian countryside, the perfect place for walking, bird watching, cycling, or simply sitting in the car and enjoying the panoramic views.
The Northumberland National Park is the least populated of all the National Parks in England and Wales, so you'll be lucky if you bump into anyone else while you're there. It truly is one of the best places in the country to get away from it all, in peaceful and tranquil surroundings.