Walking Holidays in the Northumberland National Park around Bellingham (Image credit: http://www.iknow-northeast.co.uk/accommodation/67104-riverdale_hall_country_house_hotel_-_bellingham.htm)

Walking Holidays in the Northumberland National Park around Bellingham

The magnificent unspoilt landscapes of Northumberland, home to a Heritage Coast and National Park, draws huge numbers of visitors annually. The coast contains ruined coastal castles and abbeys, endless sandy beach bays and beautiful harbour villages. In the interior discover wild heather clad uplands and the best of North East farmers’ markets, local produce and market towns – come to the wild borderlands of Northumberland – one of Britain’s most spectacular outdoor playgrounds.

Housesteads Roman Fort - along Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland

Housesteads Roman Fort - along Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland

Walking Holidays

If you’re looking for the perfect walking holiday in the UK – Northumberland ranks amongst the best. The Pennine Way National Trail pushes through the heart of the Northumberland National Park and you can take in all the heritage coastline via the Northumberland Coast Path. Numerous themed walking trails following the path of the region’s famed ancient saints, from the St Oswald’s Trail to St Cuthbert’s Way, criss-cross the region. Stay in great walking centres in the National Park like Wooler for easy access into the glorious Cheviot Hills.

Stargazing in Kielder Forest Park - Dark Skies area above Kielder Observatory (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcw/14687941173/in/photolist-dByE8W-okXPZm-onVxc4-n1fju2-d2AcU-eeU2AF-47mgLd-64hq7d-MYhCB-dfwukE-dC1TAC-4nHgEB-4nMkCo-4nHi64-4nMjVA-4nMjFN-4nHg5k-4nMkb1-4nMj9A-4nMj5f-MY3y1-MY41b-MY4hQ-MYfev-MY6LW-MY3fY-n1fmEX-n1fpYZ-MY79S-MYcxt-ffiP3-MYhhH-MY8mL-MY5XY-4nMkqL-4nHgQg-4nHh6V-eeU16D-4nHfUD-4nMiT7-4nHhMc-4nHhRR-4nMiMN-4nHhji-4nMkXf-4nHhpH-4nMm8m-4nMjfh-4nMjAb-4nHgmr)

Stargazing in Kielder Forest Park - Dark Skies area above Kielder Observatory

Outdoor Activities

A fantastic choice of outdoor activities are available across Northumberland. Go diving and kite surfing in watersports top spot Beadnell on the coast, find family fun water skiing and woodland trails at Kielder Water & Forest Park in the National Park and go stargazing in the dark skies area above Kielder Observatory. Premier golf courses and exceptional fishing territory are particularly well represented from the magnificent coastal Dunstanburgh Gold Course to salmon and trout fishing on the River Tweed and its tributaries.

The Treehouse at The Alnwick Garden

The Treehouse at The Alnwick Garden

Heritage

Northumberland is home to famous iconic heritage sites including the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, accessible via a tidal causeway, with priory ruins and modern additions like the St Aidan’s Winery, producers of Lindisfarne Mead! Take a tour of the many mighty coast and country castles in Northumberland, from elevated coastal castles like Bamburgh and Lindisfarne to the spectacularly preserved Alnwick and Warkworth Castles, former strongholds of powerful Northumberland families the Percys and Nevills respectively.

Flodden Field Battlefield Site

Flodden Field Battlefield Site

Battles, Castles, Hadrian's Wall & Mining

Head off on the Elizabethan Walls walk around Berwick-upon-Tweed, take a tour of the Battle of Flodden battlefield site near Scotch/ English border village Branxton and explore the ruined castles, pretty villages and tearoom of the Ford Etal estate also close to the Scottish border. Much of World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall, the great Roman manmade border, runs along the southern belt of Northumberland.

Hexham and Corbridge both make great holiday bases for exploring the Wall. Don’t miss a visit to the family friendly Woodhorn Museum in Ashington offering a window into the region’s somewhat hidden history of mining. Come and discover the magic of England’s ancient borderlands for yourself. You’ll find everything from luxury country house hotels to Georgian B&Bs,

Accommodation in Northumberland

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