Founded in 1965, The Pennine Way was the first National Trail in the UK and set the trend for the walking culture we have today. The 268 mile route spans from Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, crossing some of the most spectacular upland landscapes in England, National Parks and Nature Reserves.
The Northumberland stretch takes you from the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, alongside Hadrian's Wall, where for 8 miles you'll walk in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers that once built the wall. Walking up through Northumberland National Park you'll pass through heathery moor with dramatic views, especially in September when the purple heather is in bloom. The quaint village of Bellingham is perfect for treating yourself to a cake and a cuppa and there are several walker-friendly B&Bs for you to choose from.
It can be quite hilly and remote in places, particularly in the Cheviots, but you reap the rewards in the breathtaking panoramic views of Northumberland you discover along the way. At times the route can be quite remote and isolated so make sure you pack your provisions and are suitably prepared - the Pennine Way is a route for experienced walkers.