HALTWHISTLE has been named one of the best places to live in the countryside by the Sunday Times.

The Tynedale town, described as “the place to be since AD122”, was hailed for its open-air swimming pool, £4.6m health centre and museums.

Its “buzzing” local community was also praised, with the prevalence of local businesses including the Northumberland Honey Co and Billy Bell deli.

Chairman of Haltwhistle Town Council, Alan Sharp, said: “I am delighted Haltwhistle has been named in the list. Its location close to Hadrian’s Wall makes it the ideal place to live and brings lots of tourists to the area.

“The houses are sensibly priced and we have a good range of shops and businesses.”

House prices in Haltwhistle are the cheapest on the list, advertised at an average of £137,250.

Other popular places listed by the Sunday Times include Settle in North Yorkshire and Nethy Bridge in the Scottish Highlands.