Ancroft Parish is in a corner of Northumberland quite close to Holy Island (Lindisfarne),
the Cheviots and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and only a few miles from the border with Scotland.
It is a farming area and the population is quite sparse, especially in the winter.
In the summer numbers are boosted by holiday makers, especially at the Haggerston
Castle Holiday Complex. There is a championship class golf course at Goswick and
a smaller course at Haggerston. There are two public houses in the parish, the Cat
on the A1 and the Plough (the Folly) at West Allerdean, to cater for your thirst
and hunger. There is also a farm shop and cafe at Oxford. The village itself has
quite a history as the home of the cobblers for the British Army and Navy in the
early eighteenth century. The Devil’s Causeway, an old Roman road bisects the parish
(not open as a footpath to the public)