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Walking Holidays in the Northumberland National Park around Bellingham

Walking Holidays in the Northumberland National Park around Bellingham

A great base for a fishing and walking holiday, Bellingham nestles on the eastern edge of the Northumberland National Park, directly alongside the Pennine Way National Trail and the banks of the North Tyne. The town is a mere 9 miles from Kielder Water & Forest Park via the scenic C200 drive. Kielder is the National Park’s family friendly outdoor playground offering attractions including a Birds of Prey Centre and Observatory, plus a host of outdoor activities from mountain biking and walking trails to sailing and water skiing.

Discover Bellingham’s Border Reiver, farming and social, mining and iron industry history at The Bellingham Heritage Centre which features a fascinating collection of photographs of the area taken by local photographer Walter Percy Collier between 1912 and 1937. The river Tyne meets the river Rede here at Bellingham, making for excellent fishing territory and a great time to visit is during the annual August Bellingham Show, one of Northumberland’s best, featuring craft and local food stalls, vintage vehicle displays and various animal events.

Choose from a character collection of rural Bellingham cottages on working farms, family run B&Bs and country hall hotels with indoor swimming pools, saunas, award-winning restaurants and fishing. You’ll find a good selection of pet friendly cottages and even character apartments above walker friendly cafes here in this excellent National Park gateway, situated just a stone’s throw from Hadrian’s Wall.

Traditional Bellingham inns serving hearty home-cooked food and Northumberland ales offer welcome respite after days out walking either along the Pennine Way, in the Cheviots, along the Hadrian’s Wall Path or on one of a choice of local walks including the popular Hareshaw Linn Walk running for just over 2 miles, taking in old ironworks, old coal mines and a breathtaking 30 foot waterfall. Browse accommodation near the Pennine Way and Kielder Water online. Book places to stay in Bellingham with Iknow. 

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.