Hadrian’s Wall: The wall looking east from Housesteads. Photo credit: Bryn Pinzgauer.
Lauren Witts wrote this guest post about the best green activities in Northumberland. She is from Late Lettings which provides last minute holiday cottages in the UK and beyond.
Northumberland has been growing in popularity as a holiday destination over the last few years due to its scenic beauty and rich historical significance. It’s home to many impressive castles, dating back to its time as a battleground for the conflict between England and Scotland. The county also played a key role in important historical periods such as the Industrial Revolution, with many rich coal mines being sited there.
These days though, the times of battles and mining are long gone and there are many other great activities to be enjoyed in the county instead. Here are 3 Green Activities in Northumberland that are kind to the environment and great fun too:
Hadrian’s Wall. Video courtesy of Visit Northumberland.
Walking is the ultimate ‘green’ activity. It gives time for exploration and relaxation and poses minimal impact to the environment. The great news is that Northumberland has no shortage of great spots for a stroll. One of our favorites is detailed on the Visit Northumberland website and takes you on a circular walk along and around Hadrian’s Wall – Park at Steel Rig and turn right out of the car park, following signs towards Hotbank. When you reach a second footbridge, continue along the path to the right towards Hotbank Farm. This will take you onto the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. Follow this until you reach the Farm and then turn right and follow National Trail acorn signs all the way back to Steel Rig. This is a fantastic walk, which offers beautiful panoramic views and a wonderful encounter with the ancient Hadrian’s Wall. Plus during the summer months, if you want to make your visit even greener, you can access the walk by public transport on the Hadrian’s Wall Bus.
Wooler, Northumberland. Video courtesy of Visit Northumberland.
Northumberland has endless opportunities for cycling, with off-road routes to suit keen mountain bikers and on road options for those who prefer a smoother ride. Our favorite cycle is about 22 miles long and takes you into the heart of the Cheviot Hills. You can do this route in one or split it in two and enjoy the long freewheel home the following day. Turn left out of Padgepool Place Car Park, Wooler and continue along the road until you get to Kirknewton. Cross over the Bridge, turn left when you arrive at Westnewton and enter into the National Park. From here, take a left behind the farm buildings and follow signs to the Mounthooly YHA. The views on this route are out of this world, with plenty of great vantage points along the way. Once you reach the top, turn around and enjoy the long easy ride home!
Seahouses, Northumberland. Video courtesy of Visit Northumberland.
With all the stunning natural landscape in Northumberland, it comes as no surprise that there’s also some fantastic nature to be found there. We think that nothing beats taking a boat trip to the Farne Islands to see the breeding seabirds and the hundreds of grey seals that make their home there. The islands are home to some 23 species of seabirds and make a very unique experience for a visit. Boat trips leave for the Islands daily from the pretty coastal town of Seahouse and must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.
There are heaps more activities to get up to in Northumberland and this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you fancy a break in Northumberland this winter it’s not too late – take a look at last minute cottages in Northumberland online. Late deals in Northumberland often offer you an even better rate for visiting this beautiful part of the UK, so what are you waiting for! – get out there and see what wonderful green delights await!