Northumberland National ParkOne of our favourite parts of Northumberland is the National Park. The coast is fantastic, of course, but one of the joys of staying at the Beach holiday Cottage is that you are never far from the hills and valleys of The Cheviots.
Northumberland National Park is the most northern national park in England. Itīs large too: thereīs more than 400 square miles of it stretching from the Border with Scotland in the north to Hadrian's Wall.
And it is the least populated and least visited of all of Englandīs parks. Why? No idea, but thatīs great news for the rest of us. The National Park lies entirely within the county, covering about 25% of Northumberland.
To the North is our favourite bit: the Cheviots, that form a natural boundary between England and Scotland. And to the south, the hills become rolling moorland, some of which have been forested (such as Kielder Forest). Then of course you have all the history of Hadrianīs Wall in the south of the park, which marks the northern point of the Roman Empire in Brittanica.
Whether itīs exploring the history of the Romans through to the Border Reivers, walking, exploring the pubs or just taking in the views, a day away from the coast is always a good change of scene.
If youīve got dogs to walk (or even if you havenīt), take them up to the The Simonside Hills near Rothbury, which has great views of the Coquet Valley and further out to the hills of the Northumberland National Park.
This is an excellent site - photographic walks in Northumberland, to give you some ideas