Northumberland; The most northerly county in England, with the Scottish border to the north. The county also has English borders to Cumbria on the west, Tyne and Wear and County Durham to the south. The North Sea coastline to the east is a real asset in recent times with walks and activities available along the rugged landscape areas. The county of Northumberland included Newcastle upon Tyne until 1400, when the city became a county in its own right.
History; Along the Scottish border, one of the most well-known historic locations, Hadrian’s wall, built in AD122 as the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire. The structure was built long before the countries of Scotland and England were born. It was simply as far as Roman Britannia went North 73 miles across Britain from coast to coast, Bowness-on-Solway near Carlisle to Newcastle. The section within Northumberland National Park, which has points of interest seemingly at every turn, and the iconic lonely tree at Sycamore Gap, also called Robin Hoods tree. Taking the walk beside Hadrian’s wall is a stunning and inspiring experience. Bamburgh is the historic capital of Northumberland, the royal castle from before the unification of the Kingdoms of England under the monarchs of the House of Wessex in the 10th century.
Landscape; Walking and hiking in this county is boundless when you take in the views, especially when hiking The Pennine Way. The views left and right do give rise to other wonderful areas of this land. South and West to Yorkshire Dales, the Northern Pennines and over to Cumbria. Northwards beyond the ridge is the expanse of Northumberland towards the Scottish Lowlands. The variety of landscape is vastly different throughout, from beautiful natural beach and cliff walks to rugged moorland and hills.
Wildlife and habitats; Northumberland boast a wide range of impressive habitats, heathland, moorland, and if you’re lucky enough to see them, fascinating species. From woodland and meadows to beautiful beaches, the Northumberland Wildlife Trust safeguard a variety of natural and beautiful wild places.
Leisure activities; The variety of activities available are impressive, throughout the county activities include cycling, swimming, wild swimming with a guide if it’s adventure, you’re seeking. Coasteering for the brave, and water sports such as paddle boarding too. There’s plenty of trails for cyclists and hikers. Basically make your own adventure, take it easy or go full on adventure.