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.

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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.