A region of unspoilt beauty, Northumberland combines wild heathlands and rugged coastlines with historical monuments and bustling markets. Vast golden beaches span its seascapes, speckled with lively promenades and penny arcades, blending the breathtaking shoreline with traditional British, seaside charm. A haven for stargazers, the open meadows and rolling hills of Northumbria are Europe’s largest protected night sky, with awe-inspiring sights of galaxies light years away. Gentle waters in indigo bays have made the county an idyllic destination for water sports enthusiasts, while the craggy landscapes and of its three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty make it a hikers delight. Take a gentle stroll across one of its wildlife wonders, a collection of islands that peacefully sit off the county’s coast. Or, head into the depths of the Northumberland National Park, where you’ll discover a mosaic of heathland, ancient meadows and deep-running valleys brimming with secrets.
In the south, spend days relaxing in the rural community of Alston, perched high in the North Pennines at nearly one thousand feet above sea level, and indulge in their locally made mustard and fresh cheese. Walk beside the infamous Hadrian’s Wall. Spanning over 80 miles, this expansive Roman construct of fortified stone has inspired writers and artists for centuries. Or cruise to the coast and discover the colourful fishing village of Seahouses, with independent boutiques and horses galloping along sunrise shores.