Exploring Northumberland

The vast and beautiful county of Northumberland is often overlooked when people are planning their holidays when in reality it is one of most interesting and diverse of all the counties in England. Stretching from Durham in the south to Scotland in North and to Cumbria in the west, it is a larger county than many realise with a dramatic and fascinating history, and has something for everyone from Hadrian’s Wall to Hogwarts.

If rural countryside peppered sleepy villages and a wild and dramatic coastline are what you look for in a break then Northumberland will be everything you are looking for, and more. Throw into the mix unique fauna and flora and castles that have been the backdrop for many famous films and you have the perfect ingredients for a real holiday to remember, and one that will suit all ages.

The Northumberland National Park is home to outstanding landscapes and you can discover the gems hidden in the moors and dales either by foot or on two or four wheels. For those who love to cycle, the paths that lead towards the east and Kielder Water are both adrenalin pumping and awe inspiring. Taking a trip back in time along Hadrian’s Wall, one of the most fascinating of the UK’s World Heritage Sites is also well worth a visit.

Bamburgh and Alnwick castles are both worth a visit, and youngsters in particular will enjoy the latter which provided the exterior shots for Hogwarts in the hugely popular Harry Potter film series. Also at Alnwick, a picturesque market town, you can spend some time strolling around the splendour that is the Alnwick Garden, a pet project of the Duchess of Northumberland who has transformed it into one of the biggest tourist attractions in the north of England.