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Golf travel journalist Matthew Moore shares his love of Northumberland

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Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore is a PR Consultant and golf travel journalist whose family hail from Felton, a small Northumbrian village on the banks of the River Coquet.

As a young boy Matthew’s dream was to be a professional golfer but he never did manage to lift the Claret Jug or slip on the famous Green Jacket, and so makes a living writing about rather than playing golf.

A 1-handicap golfer, Matthew is the publisher of Global Golfer Magazine, www.globalgolfermag.com,  an online magazine covering the world’s best golf resorts and golf holiday destinations. He also runs Honeypot Media Ltd, a creative PR consultancy providing media relations and copywriting services to hotels, charities and golf resorts.

Matthew has played many golf courses in Northumberland, The Scottish Borders and around NewcastleGateshead. He will be writing a golf column for www.thisisnorthumberland.com and sharing his insider’s view on the best places to play and stay in the region. The column is set to launch later this week.

How long have you lived/worked/visited in Northumberland or The Scottish Borders?: I’ve been visiting Northumberland for over 30-years, first to visit my grandparents in Felton, and then for family holidays, golf trips and days out. I have lived in North East England for more than 25-years.

What is it about the county that appeals to you?: Its seclusion, wide open space and big broad horizons; and the sense of peace being there can bring. I also love the coast, especially the village of Craster.

Craster

The village of Craster, near Dunstanburgh Castle

What’s your favourite Northumberland/Borders beauty spot?: I adore Low Newton. Looking out to sea with a pint in my hand outside The Ship Inn is one of my favourite things to do.

Tell us about your favourite view/walk/cycle route/town/nightspot?: I love the 10-mile circular walk around Milecastle and past the “Robin Hood” tree at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall. It’s a short, easy way to walk on the wall but gives you a sense of the power and majesty of the Romans.

Sycamore Gap, Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

Sycamore Gap, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland © Graeme Campbell

The list of places to visit is endless. But some are more special than others.  A trip to Northumberland/the Borders wouldn’t be complete without….: A visit to Barter’s Books in Alnwick, a treasure trove of a place where a book-lover can simply lose themselves.

Is locally produced Northumbrian/Borders food the best?: Hard to say if it’s the best, but it’s very good, especially places like the Blagdon Farm Shop, Doddington Dairy and the food served at The Feathers at Hedley-on-the-Hill.

Do you have a preferred place to eat out in the county and why?: I am a big fan of the Blagdon Farm Shop, but my guilty pleasure is the Fish and Chips at The Black Bull in Corbridge.

Northumbrians and people from The Scottish Borders are renowned for the warm welcome they offer holidaymakers and day trippers alike. What do you think is the secret ingredient for this friendliness?: Honesty, integrity and being down to earth. Northumberland has strong connections to the Christian faith and a lot of families pride themselves on Christian values. They are a hardy but helpful folk.

Coast or country?: Both.

Your favourite historical site?
Hadrian’s Wall – 2,000 years and still standing, proud and resolute, a symbol of Empire but also of law and order, and the vision of Ancient Rome.

Sewingshields Crags, Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland © Neil Theasby

Sewingshields Crags, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland © Neil Theasby

And the best road to take a leisurely and scenic drive along?: The border between England and Scotland and the view over the tops on the A68. It’s simply breathtaking.

What would be your perfect day out in Northumberland and The Scottish Borders?: Golf on the 9-hole village links at Alnmouth, a pub lunch at Low Newton with a pint or two of real at The Ship Inn, and a walk back along Embleton Bay to Craster, past Dunstanburgh Castle.

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