Warkworth from the castle
A very attractive village in mid Northumberland, located on the River Coquet, one mile from the sea. On a high rise above the river stands the medieval stronghold of Warkworth Castle, a fine Norman fortress, home to the powerful Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland. The castle features prominently in Shakespeare's play 'Henry IV'. 
A lovely walk along the river from the castle brings you to the Hermitage, a stone chapel accessible only by boat. The story goes that the chapel was built by a knight named Sir Bertram, in memory of his lost love and his brother. Sir Bertram, the lived the remainder of his life in the Hermitage.

The name Warkworth probably derives from the Saxon for 'the enclosure of Werce'. There has been a settlement here since at least the 8th century, when King Ceowulf gave the church at Warkworth to the monks of Lindisfarne.

The current church of St Lawrence boasts one of the longest naves in the country. Nearby is an lovely medieval bridge, with a grand gatehouse tower still guarding one end.

The Coquet is a popular salmon fishing river, and by tradition the first salmon caught every year is presented to the Duke of Northumberland.