Northumberland Highlights

Northumberland National Park is a beautiful destination with a diverse range of attractions and activities to explore. Here are some places to visit and things to do for your Easicampers motorhome adventure.

Hadrian’s Wall

Start your Northumberland adventure by visiting Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient Roman fortification stretches across the region, offering stunning landscapes and historical significance. You can hike along the wall, visit the museums, and explore the various forts and archaeological sites along the way.

  • Explore the Roman Army Museum near Greenhead, which provides an introduction to the history and construction of Hadrian’s Wall.
    • Visit House steads Roman Fort, one of the most complete Roman forts along the wall. Explore the well-preserved remains and enjoy panoramic views from this strategic location.
    • Walk a section of the wall from Steel Rigg to Sycamore Gap, famous for its solitary tree featured in the movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”
    • Discover Vindolanda, an active archaeological site where you can see ongoing excavations and view an incredible collection of Roman artifacts.

Kielder Water and Forest Park

Located in the western part of the national park, Kielder Water and Forest Park is a must-visit destination. It is home to the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe and boasts breathtaking views, walking trails, and cycling routes. You can also stargaze at the Kielder Observatory, renowned for its dark skies.

  • Enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, such as sailing, kayaking, and fishing on Kielder Water, a 27-mile-long lake surrounded by picturesque forest.
    • Hire bikes or bring your own to explore the network of cycling trails, including the Lakeside Way, a 26-mile path encircling the lake.
    • Take a stroll through Kielder Forest, which offers numerous walking trails of varying difficulty, including the Osprey Watch Trail.
    • Visit Kielder Observatory for an unforgettable stargazing experience. They offer public events, telescope viewings, and informative talks about astronomy.

The Cheviot Hills

For nature enthusiasts and hikers, the Cheviot Hills provide a fantastic opportunity to explore picturesque landscapes and enjoy outdoor activities. There are numerous walking trails, including the Pennine Way, which offers stunning views and wildlife sightings.

  • Start your hike at The Cheviot, the highest peak in Northumberland, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
    • Explore the College Valley, a peaceful and remote area with beautiful walks, wildlife, and the historic Hethpool House.
    • Discover the ancient hillfort of Yeavering Bell, an impressive site with remnants of Iron Age settlements and stunning views over the Glendale Valley.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens

Visit Alnwick Castle, a magnificent medieval fortress and the second-largest inhabited castle in England. Explore its grand halls and learn about its rich history. Adjacent to the castle, you’ll find Alnwick Gardens, featuring beautiful, landscaped gardens, a treehouse restaurant, and a unique Poison Garden.

  • Visit Alnwick Castle, often referred to as “The Windsor of the North.” Explore its magnificent state rooms, learn about its medieval history, and see film locations from the Harry Potter series.
    • Stroll through Alnwick Gardens, which features stunning formal gardens, a tranquil rose garden, a bamboo labyrinth, and the Poison Garden, where you can learn about toxic plants.

Lindisfarne Holy Island

Take a trip to the tidal island of Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island. It is an important historical and religious site with the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory and a picturesque village. Make sure to check the tide times to access the island safely.

  • Explore the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, an important center of early Christianity. Discover the rich history and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
    • Walk across the causeway to Holy Island (check tide times to avoid being stranded) and wander through the picturesque village. Visit St. Aidan’s Winery, browse local shops, and enjoy views of Lindisfarne Castle.

Bamburgh Castle

Situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Northumberland coast, Bamburgh Castle is an iconic landmark. Explore the castle’s impressive interior, learn about its history, and enjoy panoramic views of the coastline.

  • Take a guided tour of Bamburgh Castle, which boasts stunning views of the coastline and surrounding countryside. Explore the grand rooms, the Armstrong and Aviation Museum, and the beautiful grounds.

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