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Northumberland National Park

Follow in the footsteps of Roman settlers, hike amid breathtaking landscapes and gaze at a starlit sky in England’s least populated national park.

Northumberland National Park is an area of magnificent rolling green pastures, deep valleys, dense forests and clean rivers. It covers some 405 square miles (1,049 square kilometers) between the North Pennines and the Scottish border. The stunning countryside of Northumberland National Park invites you to explore at your own pace by bike, foot and horseback. Visit ancient ruins, discover pretty market towns and enjoy superb stargazing. 

Endless miles of marked and unmarked trails meander throughout the park. Put on a pair of walking boots and hike across the park’s tallest hills, The Cheviots. Cross rivers via old bridges and stroll through a mystical forest to a waterfall at Hareshaw Linn. The moorland, outcrops and rivers of Coquetdale are a photographer’s dream while Breamish Valley is a favorite among horse riders.  

A section of Hadrian’s Wall, the one-time defensive wall of the Roman region of Britannia, runs along the southern border of the park. Walk the 8-mile (13-kilometer) stretch between Housesteads Roman Fort and Walltown Crags. Snap a photo of the Sycamore Gap, a tree that stands in a dip in the wall. Exhibitions at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre educate about the cultural history and geography of Northumberland. 

Fishermen will enjoy casting a line into the River Tyne in search of salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout. There are also opportunities to spot wildlife such as the curlew bird, black grouse and red squirrels. 

With some of the darkest skies in the U.K., the park is a stargazers paradise. Cawfields, Harbottle and Stonehaugh are all excellent locations for spotting constellations and the Milky Way. 

The park is in the northernmost region of England. It’s about an hour’s drive from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a 2-hour drive from Edinburgh. Local bus services travel between the park’s towns.

Entry to Northumberland National Park is free and it remains open year round. Visit the park’s official website to find out about guided walks, which have a fee, and to download a trail map.

Popular Activities at Northumberland National Park

Make the most of your visit to Northumberland National Park. Below is a list of some of the most popular things to do:

Want to know what else there is to do at this fascinating attraction? We suggest purchasing a Small-Group Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & Borders Full-Day Tour.

If you're looking for more activities, check out our Newcastle-upon-Tyne things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Northumberland National Park


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Otterburn Castle Country House Hotel $141
Otterburn Castle Country House Hotel

Otterburn Castle Country House Hotel

Otterburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Northumberland National Park and within 16 mi (25 km) of Kielder Water and Wallington Hall. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Bolam Lake Country Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

    Boutique Style Retreat in the Heart of Northumberland National Park
    Boutique Style Retreat in the Heart of Northumberland National Park

    Boutique Style Retreat in the Heart of Northumberland National Park

    Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Newcastle-upon-Tyne cottage is located in a rural location, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Northumberland National Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Kielder Water and Chipchase Castle. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Falconry Days are also within 25 mi (40 km).

      Birdhopecraig Church
      Birdhopecraig Church

      Birdhopecraig Church

      Birdhopecraig Church Rochester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Northumberland National Park and 12 mi (19.3 km) from Bellingham Heritage Centre. Kielder Water and Chipchase Castle are also within 20 mi (32 km).

        Drovers Rest $380
        Drovers Rest

        Drovers Rest

        Birkhill Otterburn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Northumberland National Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Kielder Water and Chipchase Castle. Wallington Hall and Cragside are also within 20 mi (32 km).

          A Stunning, Grade II Listed Church Conversion at the Heart of Norhumberland
          A Stunning, Grade II Listed Church Conversion at the Heart of Norhumberland

          A Stunning, Grade II Listed Church Conversion at the Heart of Norhumberland

          Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this historic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Northumberland National Park and 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from Bellingham Heritage Centre. Kielder Water and Kielder Castle are also within 20 mi (32 km).

            The Coach House $116
            The Coach House

            The Coach House

            Otterburn Hall Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Northumberland National Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Kielder Water. Wallington Hall and Bolam Lake Country Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

              Boutique, 3 Bedroom Lodge in the Heart of Northumberland With Private hot tub
              Boutique, 3 Bedroom Lodge in the Heart of Northumberland With Private hot tub

              Boutique, 3 Bedroom Lodge in the Heart of Northumberland With Private hot tub

              Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on a river, this romantic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Northumberland National Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Kielder Water. Wallington Hall and Bolam Lake Country Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).

                Family & Pet Friendly Lodge Cabin in Northumberland With Private Hot Tub & Wifi
                Family & Pet Friendly Lodge Cabin in Northumberland With Private Hot Tub & Wifi

                Family & Pet Friendly Lodge Cabin in Northumberland With Private Hot Tub & Wifi

                Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a rural location, this historic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Northumberland National Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Kielder Water. Wallington Hall and Cragside are also within 20 mi (32 km).