Northumberland National Park
The Northumberland National Park stretches for over 40 miles from Hadrian's Wall in the South to the Scottish border. Being more remote from centres of high population than the country's other National Parks, means that it attracts fewer visitors, and as a result, it is possible to walk all day within its confines without seeing another person.
Within its 385 square miles are the rounded Cheviot hills, some of the finest stretches of moorland in the country and delightful wooded valleys such as Coquetdale (above) which provides excellent walking countryside, particularly in its upper reaches where the valley enters the Cheviots.
From the peaceful hamlet of Ingram in the Breamish valley, there are many waymarked footpaths leading to interesting features such as the waterfall of Linhope Spout and numerous iron age forts in the surrounding hills, Near Wooler is the lovely Harthope valley which gives access to Cheviot, at 2,600 feet, the highest point in Northumberland.
On the western edge of the National Park is Kielder Water with its 27 miles of shoreline, it is the largest man-made lake in Europe and is surrounded by Kielder Forest. Both lake and forest offer numerous leisure pursuits such as sailing, windsurfing, fishing, or walking and mountain biking on the miles of forest trails. Read also about the College Valley.