Northumberland has earnt a reputation as a land of rugged beauty, impressive fortifications, vast sandy beaches and rich wildlife.
The largest county in England, bordering Scotland, Northumberland stretches out mainly to the North of Hadrian’s wall, a feat of historical engineering and a must-visit attraction on any trip to the county.
Northumberland’s coastline boasts an abundance of seaside resorts and beautiful natural landscapes. At Bamburgh, sandcastle builders and swimmers are watched over by the austere castle which nestles at the edge of the dunes, while Seahouses and Craster are charming fishing villages, the former offering pubs, a beautiful beach and bustling harbour, the latter the home of the kipper, with a nearby nature reserve, castle and awe-inspiring rock formations.
From either of these towns you can take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, where thousands of sea birds and Atlantic seals can be seen depending on the season. In the summertime, puffins, razorbills, guillemots and eider ducks can be admired here.
Right on the northernmost coastal tip of Northumberland is Berwick-Upon-Tweed, mere miles from the Scottish Border. It, too, boasts wonderful sandy beaches and prime walking territory alongside the beautiful river, not to mention a plethora of family-friendly activities and numerous galleries.
Further south along the coast are Alnmouth, Warkworth, Amble, Ashington and Blyth, all offering something a little different to the next, and all worth a visit.
Inland, the Cheviot hills are ripe for exploration, be that climbing, historic sight-seeing, picnicking or hiking.
The peaceful moorland, fairy tale waterfalls and quaint villages of the North Pennines, too, invite walkers to discover the peace and tranquillity of this natural landscape which is a haven for wildlife.
Kielder Water and Forest Park is a recognised Dark Sky Reserve, so is the place to head when night falls. Observe the twinkling stars with no light pollution and during the day, enjoy all manner of activities at Leaplish Waterside Park.
The towns and villages of Wooler, Rothbury, Bellingham, Hexham, Haltwhistle and Corbridge are gateways to the glorious countryside, and are delightful places for a stroll in their own right.
One thing’s for certain; a holiday in Northumberland will be far from dull!