The fact that The Ancrum Cross Keys is a pub perched above the Ale Water seems to have gone unnoticed for far too long …

Now, thanks to the heroic efforts of pub regular Simon, who wanted to have his wedding to Linda on the water’s edge, the banks of the Ale are accessible from the pub garden via Simon’s Steps.

As you gradually descend through the canopy of trees, the beauty of the Ale slowly reveals itself. Sit and listen, with a drink in hand, to the gurgle of the water going by, and you will be transported to a langurous world where time stands still and troubles drift away.

Every garden should have a secret, and this is most definitely ours.