Heart of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland

The heart of Hadrian's Wall
From castles to bastle houses, forts to farmers’ markets and archaeology to astronomy. The diverse Heart of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland holds thousands of years’ worth of history, quaint villages and spectacular stargazing opportunities.

It’s ancient history

The Heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country boasts a wealth of ancient history, holding Vindolanda, Chesters, Housesteads and Birdoswald Forts. Away from Hadrian’s Wall itself, you’ll find its military corridor of milecastles and stone turrets, as well as dramatic scenery, country cafes and stone villages.

Northumberland National Park is the least populated National Park in the UK. With its clear air, clean waters and dark skies, it is also one of England most tranquil locations.

Covering more than 400 square miles, Northumberland National Park lays claim to some impressive credentials. Running in the uppermost section of the park towards the Scottish Border are the lofty Cheviot Hills, whilst the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site dominates the south, with Kielder Water & Forest Park to the west.

Northumberland National Park, as seen on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland, is a huge adventure playground, with every activity imaginable, from rock climbing and mountain biking to saddling up on a horse.

Secluded, peaceful and unspoilt, College Valley is one of the most remote and dramatic valleys in the National Park. Why not stay in the College Valley and take advantage of its remoteness, tranquillity, night skies and wildlife by being there at dawn and dusk?

Strike out on a walk among the Cheviot or Simonside Hills, explore the valleys of clear rivers including the North Tyne, Rede, Coquet and Beamish and feel on top of the world at the Otterburn Ranges.

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre is located on Hadrian’s Wall and is an exciting new visitor attraction that will help you explore our wonderful landscapes and rich heritage. Open all year round, the Sill boasts a fully-accessible grass roof to a viewing platform overlooking Hadrian’s Wall, an 80-seat café with panoramic views, a free-to enter exhibition about our landscapes, a shop specialising in local gifts, food & drink; Changing Places toilets, a visitor information service, free Wi-Fi on-site and a youth hostel.
Take the Hadrian's Wall Path. Pick a part to explore of the 84-mile route or set out on a longer trail.

Explore lesser-known ancient spots like the remains of Bronze Age burial sites at Turf Knowe in the Breamish Valley.

Relax and enjoy the striking show of colour at the upland hay meadows of Falstone and Barrowburn and enjoy the heady scents of honey of the park’s heather moorland, ablaze with purple.

Northumberland National Park is also rich in wildlife. You can see red squirrels, a rare black grouse and the curlew - a moorland bird with an unforgettable cry that is the emblem of Northumberland National Park.

Nightfall brings the incredible experience of stargazing in the darkest skies in the country. There are many places in the national park where you can galaxy gaze into truly dark skies. Look out for solar and star gazing events throughout the year at locations like the Cawfields and Walltown Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

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