Millions of years ago, lava cooled to form the distinctive rounded Cheviot Hills, which dominate the northern end of the National Park, and are full of hidden delights.
Check out the dramatic waterfall of Linhope Spout, which tumbles 18 metres down a rockface to the plunge pool below, or visit the tucked-away ponds of Wooler Common. Walk along the border of two countries as you take in the Border Ridge and Pennine Way. And which walker could resist the lure of The Cheviot, Northumberland’s highest point?
Prehistory is at hand at Yeavering Bell, on which you will find the remains of the largest Iron Age hillfort in the region. The routes of ancient cattle drovers are now bridleways for mountain bikers and horse riders in the College Valley; one of the gems of Northumberland National Park. Owned by the College Valley Estate, this peaceful, unspoilt place is free to roam on foot or by bicycle.
Or you can follow tradition and head for a picnic and a paddle in the Breamish Valley or romantically-named Harthope Valley. If you’re lucky, you’ll see otters in the shallow rivers while you tuck in to lunch on the riverbank.