Outdoor Lifestyle

Hadrian’s Wall

Once patrolled by soldiers from all corners of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall is one of Britain’s greatest monuments. Built in 122AD, Hadrian’s Wall still holds its head high as the largest free-standing structure in Britain.

Originally 80 Roman miles (about 73 modern miles) long and up to 20 feet high, it has weathered almost 2000 years of Border battles and awestruck visitors to become a truly breathtaking World Heritage Site.

You can walk or cycle along its route, from Segedunum on North Tyneside to Bowness on the Solway Firth. You can admire the sweeping views of moorland and pasture that the garrisons sought to keep peaceful and learn about Roman life in forts and museums along its length. USA Today described Hadrian’s Wall as “better than Stonehenge” for its sheer scale and visual impact.

Northumberland Coastline

Mile upon mile of long, sandy beaches crowned by dramatic castles makes the Northumberland coastline one of the most beautiful in England.

All along the coastline lie delightful villages, each one filled with individuality and history. One of England’s most imposing fortresses, Bamburgh Castle towers high above its long white stretch of sandy beach, looking out to the North Sea. In contrast, a little further north is the dramatic and romantic ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle. Both are wonderful settings for coastal walks and picnics.

Northumbria National Park

Covering more than 1030 square kilometres of breathtaking views, crystal clear streams, dark skies for stargazing and rich wildlife havens, Northumberland National Park is probably the most tranquil escape in England.

Free for everyone to enjoy, it stretches north from Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site through the picturesque valleys of the North Tyne, Rede, Coquet and Breamish rivers to the awe-inspiring Cheviot Hills, a dramatic landscape rolling out under wide, open skies. The stunning scenery and open spaces form the backdrop to a thrilling range of activities. You can walk the Cheviots or Simonside Hills, Follow a mountain bike trail, try rock climbing or go horse-riding in the hills.

Farne Islands

A truly amazing wildlife experience, the Farne Islands, lying off the coast of North Northumberland, can be enjoyed on one of the excellent boat tours available.

In summer the Farne Islands are home to over 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds, including 55,000+ pairs of puffins. Some 21-23 species nest here and are, almost without fail, incredibly tolerant of human visitors.

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

The magical island of Lindisfarne has earned its place in world history as the cradle of English Christianity – hence the local name of Holy Island.

Reached by a causeway, the island is cut off twice daily by the tide. English Christians established their community here, led by St. Aidan who became the first Bishop of Lindisfarne. They introduced the arts of reading and writing and the island became known as an historic centre for learning.

Today Lindisfarne remains a place of pilgrimage with visitors coming to explore the beautiful village and to tour the priory and 14th-century castle with its fantastic walled garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll. The island is also home to a national nature reserve, with numerous rare birds adding to its appeal.

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