The Cheviot Hills from Lordenshaws Hillfort in Northumberland

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Countryside and valleys
Expansive forests, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stargazing sites and a famous, ancient wall are all waiting for you in Northumberland’s countryside. Discover shrouded beauty spots, astounding historical sites and an array of wildlife.

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The Northumberland countryside is a mosaic of heather land, of ancient meadows and rolling hills with secret valleys and so many hidden gem destinations to explore.

There are mysterious stone formations and ancient settlements, castles and fortified buildings, lasting reminders of Northumberland’s tempestuous and rich history. There is unspoilt wilderness. You can walk for miles here without seeing a soul. And there is tranquillity. Pack a picnic and head for a plethora of scenic beauty spots around the Northumberland countryside.

Rare wildlife, flora and fauna have made Northumberland their haven. From elusive red squirrels to ospreys and wild cattle, from rare heathers and orchids to butterflies, the countryside teems with life here.

During daytime explore villages and towns tucked into Northumberland’s beguiling countryside, from hidden gem destinations including the Ingram and Breamish Valley, Blanchland and Rothbury. Linked by quiet roads crossing spellbinding countryside there are outstanding views to take in along the way.

At nighttime, gaze up into the darkest skies in England.

With not one but two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along with the vast beauty of the Northumberland National Park, the countryside in Northumberland offers peace and tranquillity without having to hike for miles. Unless of course, you want to do so. In which case there is plenty of space to enjoy.

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