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Northumberland Rock Art
Rock art on Weetwood Moor

Not far from High Humbleton is one of the best sites in the UK for seeing Neolithic or early Bronze Age rock art. On Weetwood Moor you can find some of the most recognisable ancient cup and ring marked stones in the UK. At least 26 sandstone...

Fish leaping in Hethpool Linn
Salmon and sea trout leap at Hethpool Linn

Take a walk up the College Valley for a chance to see the fantastic efforts of salmon and sea trout leaping up the Hethpool Linn falls. You can either start your walk from Kirknewton or take a longer loop through the National Park from Homildon...

Watching the birds

Research earlier this year showed that watching garden birds is good for your mental health. We certainly find it a relaxing break from the hurly-burly of modern life, whether it's while sipping a coffee in the conservatory or out on the hills. [caption id="attachment_16495" align="aligncenter" width="684"]...

Dispatches from the Cheviot hills

Below we republish extracts from a blog by a recent guest at Homildon Cottage inspired by the Cheviots and North Northumberland in Spring. “ Low, red-roofed Homildon Cottage forms the gatepost to Northumberland National Park and St Cuthbert’s Way all the way to Lindisfarne. It nestles below...

College Valley view from Red Cribs
College Valley

The peaceful College Valley is an unspoilt place, less frequented by visitors than some further south. They are missing out as it is truly one of the gems of Northumberland National Park. The valley is one of the five main valleys that intrude into the northern...

Auchope mountain refuge hut
Auchope refuge hut, Border Ridge, Pennine Way

Many a life has been saved by the mountain refuge huts of the Cheviots, from hillwalkers caught out by wintry conditions to a group of endurance runners completing The Spine race along the Pennine Way. The insulated mountain refuge huts are a lifeline in the wild...

Bamburgh castle from the beach
Bamburgh Castle: Landmark of the Year

It will be no surprise to those who love Northumberland that Bamburgh Castle has been voted Landmark of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/2016. The castle stands majestically on an outcrop, overlooking the coastline famous for its windswept beauty. There has been a fort standing in this...

Borders Railway opens with steam specials

As if the opening of the Borders Railway wasn't exciting enough, plans have been announced for a celebratory steam service pulled by a veteran locomotive.   The Borders railway is the longest new domestic railway in Britain for over 100 years, running from Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverley....