Walking in Northumberland, Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island
Walks in Northumberland
The Most Beautiful hikes in Northumberland
Get to know the Northumberland National Park
A fourth of Northumberland is part of the popular national park. Sparsely populated today, archaeologists found evidence of people living there over 10,000 years ago. Besides its great history, Northumberland National Park is especially popular among hikers and walkers because of its landscape. Plenty of hills and mountain ranges shape the regions nature.
One of its most popular elevations is the Cheviot Hills including the 815 m high Cheviot mountain. The routes here are more on the challenging side, so prepare to find some magnificent views on every mountain top.
The Pennine Way is one of the best ways to explore the national park. The path is Great Britain’s oldest long-distance walk, and you could even walk from Edale, Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm, which is about 435 km.
In the north of Northumberland National Park, the historic Hadrian’s Wall runs along the border of Scotland. To go on a sort of time travel, you can follow the official walkway between Carlisle and Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Simonside Hills are also a perfect place to hike and walk. There is a selection of well-maintained routes suitable for different types of abilities. Miles and miles of paths are free to access with a starting point close to you, so you don’t have to drive far but start your adventure right away.
What remains of Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Wall is one of ancient Britannia’s greatest monuments. Built to form a border from coast to coast, occupied by soldiers of the Roman Empire. Beginning in 122 AD, it took six years to complete the 73-mile barrier across the country from Solway Bay to Wallsend on the Tyne. More than 80 so-called milecastles, two observation towers and 17 larger forts were along its wall. After the Romans left Britain 300 years later, most of the wall fell into decay or was used to build local buildings and houses. The ancient monument legislation in 1913 included most areas of the Great Wall under national protection and became a world heritage site in 1987.
The remains of the wall make a great guideline for your walks. Its history makes it a unique destination especially for families to combine learning about the UK’s past and exploring the outdoors. Together with your loved ones, follow the footpaths of the Romans from Berwick-upon-Tweed as far as your feet will carry you.
Walking along the coast
The Northumberland coast is a flourishing and wild area – home to diverse wildlife and extraordinary views. Because of that, it has the status of an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Plenty of visitors, from near and far come to Northumberland’s coast to experience great adventures and a relaxing walk. The Northumberland Coast Path is one of the best ways to get around. Between Cresswell and Berwick-upon-Tweed, you can visit Holy Island with the famous Lindisfarne Castle, where St Cuthbert was Bishop, and the ruins of Dunstanburgh.
If you enjoy combining a leisurely walk with history, this AONB is a great place to find both. Even if the country’s story is not so much of an interest to you and you prefer a calm spot to relax and rest at the beach, there are also some parts of the route, where you can be all alone and just watching the tides come and go.