Fall for Northumberland
When the longer nights make the dark skies more dazzling, the chilly days make log burners more satisfying and the frosty mornings make the landscape more staggering. Gold-tier dark skies, golden landscapes and cosy B&Bs are just some of Northumberland’s delights when autumn falls over the county. There are so many places to explore when you visit Northumberland in the autumn.
Step into your hiking boots and admire the reds and oranges that line the National Park trails, or pull your hat over your ears and enjoy a windswept beach walk along the Northumberland coast. Time your gentle stroll with the sunrise and admire the pink glow of the blazing horizon, or stroll after sunset and look out for the Northern Lights that have been known to swirl across Northumberland’s skies. Take a trip over the causeway to Holy Island, a tidal island that is cut off from the mainland twice a day - make sure to check safe crossing times. After your day exploring, escape the chill by nipping into a traditional pub where you can warm your toes by the open fire, slurp on a hot chocolate and fill your belly with some pub grub washed down with Northumberland brewed ale.
If the weather takes a turn for the worst and you’re looking to take shelter, discover more castles than any other county as well as many museums, castles, halls and houses that are sure to lure you in. Ancient Romans, Vikings, The Border Reivers and famous Victorian figures are just a few snapshots of history that are represented in Northumberland’s historical sites. On a rainy day after a morning of exploring treat yourself to a delicious Northumberland afternoon tea.
Thanks to the darkness setting in earlier and the nights becoming longer, the stars appear brighter, clearer and more spectacular in autumn. Get to know Northumberland’s galaxy at Kielder Observatory, graze while you gaze at award-winning Battlesteads’ shooting star supper, or pick a Dark Sky Friendly accommodation so you can stargaze until you fall asleep.