Boundary of the Roman Empire
Sandwiched between the Scottish border and Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park is England’s most northerly National Park. With a population of less than 2,000 people, it’s officially the country’s most tranquil location, and the ideal place to get away from it all.
The park is home to 405 square miles of unspoilt landscapes, from rolling hills and wild forests to crystal-clear waters. Don’t miss the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall, which lies at the south of the park. It took Roman soldiers six years to build the 73 mile-long wall in AD122, and today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dotted with the remains of Roman forts and temples.
At the other end of Northumberland National Park you’ll find the awe-inspiring Cheviot Hills. Formed millions of years ago by volcanic lava flows, they make for a dramatic landscape perfect for activity seekers.
There’s a network of walking trails and cycling routes, plus opportunities for horse riding, bird watching, canoeing, fishing and rock climbing. If you fancy a real challenge, try climbing the Cheviot – it was once a towering volcano and is now the highest point in Northumberland at 2,674 feet.
1. Walk the 84-mile Hadrian's Wall Path and discover England’s Roman past
2. Visit Kielder Water and Forest Park, home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England
3. Explore Walltown, a former 19th-century quarry which has been transformed into a family-friendly recreation site
4. Keep your eyes peeled for Red Squirrels – rare in much of England and Wales, they can still be seen in Northumberland National Park
5. Explore Alnwick Castle, the medieval fortress used as a location in the Harry Potter films
Find out more: www.visitnorthumberland.com/northumberland-national-park