Northumberland Wild Spirit

Northumberland’s turbulent history with stories of invasion and unrest from the Roman occupation, to Viking invasions, civil wars and Reiver raiding is evident in our stunning landscapes. Now, a different kind of ‘wild spirit’ can be found in Northumberland, home to rare wildlife and miles of coastline, rolling hills and beautiful countryside just waiting to be explored.

Castles, forts and pele towers dot our countryside and include Alnwick Castle - still home to the Duke of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle - Northumbria’s ancient seat, Chillingham Castle – reputed to be the most haunted in England, and the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh and Warkworth. Fortified bastle houses in which farmers lived above their livestock are remnants of Northumberland’s lawless Border Reivers years. Boasting the best preserved Elizabethan Town Walls in the UK, beautiful border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed now belies its wild past.  The town was captured or sacked 13 times before 1482.

Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, a far cry from when Viking Raids pillaged Northumberland’s coasts, massacring the monks on the island. Nowadays, you can enjoy spectacular, tranquil views from 16th Century Lindisfarne Castle.

Hadrian’s Wall, spanning 73 miles, leaves a lasting impression on anyone who visits. Along the wall are archaeological sites and museums telling the fascinating story of Rome’s rise and fall, and mysteries yet to be solved, like at Housesteads Roman Fort where you can speculate about the ‘Murder House’.

Our rugged landscapes, hay meadows, wild moors, and coastlines are home to an abundance of wildlife species that are often rare elsewhere. Two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and England’s most tranquil National Park mean Northumberland is packed with rare wildlife like Red Squirrels, Otters and Black Grouse. Tea rooms and cafes serving amazing home baking provide the perfect end to a wild day of exploring in the National Park; Guilt free cakes - the longer the walk...the bigger the slice!

The wildlife hide in the West Woods at Wallington offers a great opportunity to see red squirrels.  The ‘Beasts of Chillingham’ which have roamed through the 300 acres of Chillingham Park for over 700 years are a wild species of cattle believed to be rarer than the giant panda.  

Share your Northumberland Wild Spirit

Between May and July the Farne Islands & Coquet Island offer amazing views of 23 species of seabirds including approximately 37,000 pairs of Puffins and Roseate Terns, one of our rarest nesting seabirds. You will often see grey seals resting on the rocks watching boat trips sail by.

New for 2015, Amble Harbour Village will launch on the 28th March.  This fantastic new development will include 15 retail pods, a seafood centre and there will be activities and events throughout the year.

‘Northumberland, the land that’s just as good with the lights off’

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is a vast area spanning parts of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park and is the largest dark sky park in Europe, meaning it is one of the best places to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.  Between October and April, when the night skies are longest and clearest, are the best times to visit. Allen Banks, maintained by the National Trust, has recently been awarded the status of Dark Sky Discovery Site ensuring that this ancient semi-natural woodland remains a perfect place for a spot of stargazing.  

Holiday in comfort but close to the wild side in one of the traditional yurts, shepherds huts and tepees that you can find throughout Northumberland.

Northumberland's Wild Spirit

Northumberland’s turbulent history with stories of invasion and unrest from the Roman occupation, to Viking invasions, civil wars and Reiver raiding is evident in our stunning landscapes. Now, a different kind of ‘wild spirit’ can be found in Northumberland, home to rare wildlife and miles of coastline, rolling hills and beautiful countryside just waiting to be explored.

Castles, forts and pele towers dot our countryside and include Alnwick Castle - still home to the Duke of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle - Northumbria’s ancient seat, Chillingham Castle – reputed to be the most haunted in England, and the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh and Warkworth. Fortified bastle houses in which farmers lived above their livestock are remnants of Northumberland’s lawless Border Reivers years. Boasting the best preserved Elizabethan Town Walls in the UK, beautiful border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed now belies its wild past.  The town was captured or sacked 13 times before 1482.

Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, a far cry from when Viking Raids pillaged Northumberland’s coasts, massacring the monks on the island. Nowadays, you can enjoy spectacular, tranquil views from 16th Century Lindisfarne Castle.

Hadrian’s Wall, spanning 73 miles, leaves a lasting impression on anyone who visits. Along the wall are archaeological sites and museums telling the fascinating story of Rome’s rise and fall, and mysteries yet to be solved, like at Housesteads Roman Fort where you can speculate about the ‘Murder House’.

Our rugged landscapes, hay meadows, wild moors, and coastlines are home to an abundance of wildlife species that are often rare elsewhere. Two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and England’s most tranquil National Park mean Northumberland is packed with rare wildlife like Red Squirrels, Otters and Black Grouse. Tea rooms and cafes serving amazing home baking provide the perfect end to a wild day of exploring in the National Park; Guilt free cakes - the longer the walk...the bigger the slice!

The wildlife hide in the West Woods at Wallington offers a great opportunity to see red squirrels.  The ‘Beasts of Chillingham’ which have roamed through the 300 acres of Chillingham Park for over 700 years are a wild species of cattle believed to be rarer than the giant panda.  

Share your Northumberland Wild Spirit

Between May and July the Farne Islands & Coquet Island offer amazing views of 23 species of seabirds including approximately 37,000 pairs of Puffins and Roseate Terns, one of our rarest nesting seabirds. You will often see grey seals resting on the rocks watching boat trips sail by.

New for 2015, Amble Harbour Village will launch on the 28th March.  This fantastic new development will include 15 retail pods, a seafood centre and there will be activities and events throughout the year.

‘Northumberland, the land that’s just as good with the lights off’

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is a vast area spanning parts of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park and is the largest dark sky park in Europe, meaning it is one of the best places to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.  Between October and April, when the night skies are longest and clearest, are the best times to visit. Allen Banks, maintained by the National Trust, has recently been awarded the status of Dark Sky Discovery Site ensuring that this ancient semi-natural woodland remains a perfect place for a spot of stargazing.  

Holiday in comfort but close to the wild side in one of the traditional yurts, shepherds huts and tepees that you can find throughout Northumberland.

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