Northumberland National Park - the place
Spread over the hills and valleys at the very top of England, but right in
the centre of Britain, Northumberland National Park has unspoilt treasures
awaiting your discovery. Ancient pre-history and the rare red squirrel exist
alongside traditional lifestyles with a thriving culture.
There are distinct characteristics within the landscape of the National Park.
In Northumberland National Park you will find solitude unparalleled in
England. The Cheviot Hills stretch along the border with Scotland, and
here you can explore for hours with only nature for company.
People have left their mark on this land over thousands of years. In the Cheviots
you can shelter in prehistoric hillforts unsurpassed anywhere in England, follow
drove roads people have walked for centuries, and still see their evidence
left laid before you on the hillside.
Once these hills were volcanoes, but now they are domes burnished
by wind and rain, ice and snow. Don't
under-estimate them , they can provide a testing day's
hill walking or for the cyclists, a stiff mountain
Cheviots may be remote, but they are home to a privileged few. Farmers
earn their livelihoods from sheep, which they now often combine with looking
after this very special environment. Working in partnership with the National
Park Authority, these custodians help improve the heather moorland and
its special wildlife.
In the Cheviots the world within the far horizon can be yours for the
day. Sitting in the purple heather enjoying the sunshine, listening to
the song of the curlew, is an experience that you will never forget. Among
these ancient hills you can recover and then return refreshed to your
This is the England you always wanted to find: A stunning region of country
walks and strolls along a picturesque coast. An historic area of castles
and magnificent gardens with heritage around every corner. A friendly
county of family hotels, country pubs and charming cottages. A relaxing
England where you can take the time to savour every day