There is just SO much to do in and around Northumberland National Park. Make sure you give their Facebook page a like to keep up to date with new events and lots more days out ideas. To give you a starting point though, here are 25 ideas for days out in/around Northumberland National Park:-
25 Days Out in Northumberland National Park
1 - Take a family guided walk
2 - Visit Thirlwall Castle
3 - Geocaching
4 - Walk from Steel Rigg to Sycamore Gap
It's on my bucket list this year to walk to Sycamore Gap and I still haven't done it! I'd better get a move on. According to Honestly Helen it's around a 30 minute walk from Steel Rigg to Sycamore Gap. There's no better place to inspire kids to act like Robin Hood.
5 - Roman Army Museum
The Roman Army museum in Walltown is the perfect place to begin your Northumberland Park adventure. Take a Roman lesson, marvel at the life size replicas of soldiers and don't forget to catch the fabulous 3D movie which will whisk you back in time and bring life on the wall during Hadrian's rule to life.
6 - Hunt for wildlife
You will find a wonderful array of rare wildlife in Northumberland National Park. Did you know, two of England's cleanest rivers are sourced in Northumberland's Cheviot Hills? You can spot red squirrels, leaping salmon, otters and more in the park.
7 - Wooler Cycle Hub
If cycling's your thing, you won't want to miss a trip Wooler. There are 7 different routes to choose from in/around the town with maps and more information available here.
8 - Roman tea room tour
Have you heard about The Mansio? It's a contemporary structure touring Hadrian's Wall this summer and celebrates new work from writers and poets. Pop in for a cuppa and the chance to listen to some stories. Find out when it will be visiting Northumberland National Park here.
9 - Hareshaw Linn Waterfall
The Hareshaw Linn waterfall walk is 3 miles in length so perfect for children. The waterfall is spectacular with over 300 species of moss. Start in Bellingham car park.
10 - Redesdale Equestrian Centre
Situated in the Redesdale Valley, this equestrian centre provides riding for all ages and abilities. Don't miss their popular Saturday pony mornings.
11 - Paddle in Breamish Valley
Park up in Bulbys Wood Car Park (NE66 4LT) and paddle in the crystal clear waters of Ingram Valley whilst taking in the beautiful countryside surroundings.
12 -Walltown Quarry Country Park
Walltown Country Park is located just next to the Roman Army Museum so it's easy to combine the two. It is such a beautiful spot for a picnic and a wildlife haven. If you're feeling energetic you can even climb Walltown Crags.
13 - Kirknewton Sheepdog Trials (21st Aug)
The Kirknewton Sheepdog trials take place in a field near Kirknewton village hall (refreshments available from the hall all day). You'll be amazed at the dogs herding sheep and navigating around fences and gates as the best handlers in the UK come together and compete for the title.
14 - Star gazing at Battlesteads
Battlestead hotel near Hexham has it's very own observatory with a series of special events including aurora hunting and astronomy for absolute beginners.
15 - Experience the Northern lights
Speaking of astronomy, the Northumberland International Dark Sky park is actually the best place in England to spot the aurora. Keep an eye on this Facebook page for updates of when best to head out.
16 - Hadrian's Cycle Way
Hadrian's Wall is a fantastic route to cycle along and perfect for older teens. You could cycle the whole C2C route or just enjoy a short part. This dedicated website tells you more but the route from Corbridge to Haltwhistle is a popular choice.
17 - Hadrian's Wall Farmers Market at Greenhead
Looking for somewhere to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning? How about visiting the Farmer's Market at Greenhead. This market takes place from 10am-2pm on the second Sunday of every month. Expect great local food at affordable prices. Follow the market's Facebook page here for updates.
18 - Vindolanda
Vindolanda is a 'must visit' site in the heart of Northumberland National Park. You can explore Roman ruins, watch an archaeological dig in action, watch Roman buildings come to life by the stream, marvel at the many artefacts in the site's museum and enjoy lunch in the beautiful gardens.
19 - Temple of Mithras
The Temple of Mithras is a FREE English Heritage site to visit along the wall. The temple was probably built by soldiers in AD 200 and you will still find three alters here.
20 - Outdoor swimming pool at Haltwhistle
Haltwhistle leisure centre is home to 3 outdoor pools which are open mid-April to early September. The pools are heated and there's a giant flume making this a super fun day out for the whole family.
21 - Heatherslaw Light Railway
The Heatherslaw Light Railway runs from Heatherslaw to Etal. Take 50 minutes to enjoy the views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. You'll find a timetable and prices here.
22 - Elsdon Fete (29th August)
The Elsdon Village Fete takes place on August Bank Holiday Monday from 12 noon - 4pm. Expect lots of traditional fun including live music, dog shows, market stalls, a beer tent, coconut shy, ferret bingo & more.
23 - Bird Hide at Greenlee Lough Nature Reserve
Greenlee Lough Nature Reserve is jointly managed by Northumberland National Park and the Northumberland Wildlife Trust. It's one of the best spots in Northumberland to spot wildfowl and waders.
24 - The Mythical Drake Stone walk at Harbottle
This circular 2.5 mile walk will take you around the Drake stone and provide you with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.
25 - Play board games & enjoy lunch at Twice Brewed Inn
The Twice Brewed Inn is a family & dog friendly pub that feels as if it's in the middle of nowhere, You'll find a selection of board games in the corner where children can help themselves entertained whilst you enjoy a pint of local ale at the bar.
Phew! I hope you can see there is a lot to see and do in Northumberland National Park. This is just a tiny selection of everything that's going on. You can subscribe to Northumberland National Park events here.
Let me know which activity, event or place in Northumberland National Park you'd like to visit first.
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Disclosure: We attended Walltown Quarry as guests of Northumberland National Park and our expenses were reimbursed.