Things To See And Do In Northumberland National Park
Published: Thursday 28th Apr 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Northumberland National Park is the northernmost National Park in England and covers an area of more than 400 square miles. The Park lies entirely within Northumberland, covering about a quarter of the county.
Head to Northumberland and get away from it all in the least populated of the UK’s National Parks.
There are 700 miles of paths and trails to explore for those who want to get out and get active. Or you can simply enjoy the wildlife and landscape.
A warm welcome will greet you from the locals when you stop at a local pub for a hearty pint or when u take a moment to enjoy a slice of delicious homemade cake in a cosy café.
Eating out and shopping is a delight in this National Park enabling you to indulge in some retail therapy and taste some gastronomic delights.
There are museums, historic sites, houses and gardens located across the national Park that provides fun and exciting days out for all ages.
This National Park officially has the darkest skies in England. This is due to the lack of light pollution in the area. In this Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park, you will get the opportunity to stargaze at the Milky Way, just as Hadrian’s legionnaires did.
- Get Active
The landscape of Northumberland National Park is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. There are some full-on cycling routes that will create quite a sweat, walkers can choose from riverside ambles to breath-taking ridge walks, anglers will love the pristine rivers and climbers will enjoy taking on the challenging crags.
You can also paddle a canoe, go for a run through the magnificent scenery or maybe go for a quiet ride on horseback.
History fanatics will feel right at home in Northumberland National Park. You can delve into its Roman or Reiver past in Historic Sites and landmarks and visit places such as Housesteads Roman Fort, Lady’s Well and Walltown Peace Labyrinth.
Marvel at the Stately Houses and Gardens just outside the Park boundary, designed for a slower pace of life or take in some art galleries, or maybe a film or a show, at one of the gateway town just outside the Park.
There are some regular weekly markets that have taken place throughout the National Park for centuries, but there are now special farmers markets that have joined in to offer a great place for sampling and tasting local produce.
These farmers markets offer a great opportunity to hear the stories behind the food told by the grower or breeder themselves.
Look out for speciality cheeses, quirky handmade breads, organic meats and delicious homemade jams.
Wait to keep the children amused or take the dog on a day out somewhere?
Northumberland National Park offers a lot of inspiration to find something to do.
Dogs – There are dog friendly attractions located throughout the Park such as Belsay hall, Castle and Gardens and Hexham Old Gaol.
Families – there are lots of free and low-cost family days out that both children and adults will enjoy. These attractions include playgrounds, castles, museums and much more. Each attraction has different events on offer throughout the year that will keep everyone entertained.
- Where to Stay?
Grace Darling Holidays offer the finest selection of self-catering holiday cottages along the Northumberland Coast. Each accommodation is wonderfully individual and set in beautiful locations not to far from the Northumberland national Park attractions.