Our Great Outdoors

Our Great Outdoors

Overview


Often described as “the land of the far horizon”, there is a wild beauty in Northumberland National Park, you just have to experience it, to feel it. You’ll discover wonderful food, enjoy local festivals and be able to explore ancient sites of international significance. Picturesque towns and villages provide everything you need to make your stay special.

Cottages in Northumberland offer a range of country holiday cottages available to hire for a short break or weeks holiday. Imagine waking up to a stunning view over the Coquetdale Valley towards the Simonside Hills or in a 200-year-old stone cottage full of its original character but with all the modern comforts.

Northumberland National Park together with part of Kielder Water & Forest Park, is England’s only International Dark Sky Park (Gold Tier). On a clear night you can see the Milky Way, and even the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away) with the naked eye!

Kielder Water & Forest Park has it all. The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder and the smiles wider. Home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England, the award-winning Kielder Water & Forest Park is one of Northumberland’s best attractions. A haven for wildlife, visitors can expect to encounter otters, roe deer, badgers and bats.

Stay in luxury Scandinavian style lodges with panoramic views over the lake and forest.  Leaplish Waterside Park offers the best of both worlds – peace and tranquility combined with unrivalled opportunities to get active.

A trip to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hadrian’s Wall, where Roman’s remain a part of everyday life.  Stretching 73 miles from the Solway Coast in Cumbria to Wallsend in Newcastle upon Tyne, Hadrian’s Wall took three legions six years to build. Traversing rolling countryside, crossing rivers and hugging the formidable crags of the Whin Sill near Bardon Mill Hadrian’s offers something for everyone - world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, wonderful pubs and welcoming people.

Matfen Hall, perfectly located for exploring Hadrian’s Wall is a magnificent country house hotel set in the heart of beautiful Northumberland countryside. Dine in stately surroundings in the two AA rosette Library restaurant or enjoy a lighter meal in the Conservatory Bistro overlooking the golf course.

Places and distances


Great outdoors
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Northumberland National Park covers 405 areas of protected landscape with breathtaking views, crystal clear streams, dark skies for star gazing and rich wildlife havens.

Approx 34.42 mile(s) between Northumberland National Park and Cottages in Northumberland
Cottages in Northumberland
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Cottages in Northumberland has a wide selection of self catering holiday cottages in both coastal and country locations across the Northumberland area. We have something for everyone from romantic boltholes to family friendly cottages plus a great choice of dog friendly properties! 

Approx 39.13 mile(s) between Cottages in Northumberland and Kielder Water & Forest Park
Heather
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Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ultimate outdoor playground that everyone can enjoy.

Approx 0.09 mile(s) between Kielder Water & Forest Park and Leaplish Waterside Park
Mini golf
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With views of the reservoir Leaplish Waterside Park is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new locally sourced menus throughout the day.

Approx 0 mile(s) between Leaplish Waterside Park and Leaplish Waterside Park
Mini golf
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With views of the reservoir Leaplish Waterside Park is the ideal base to recharge and refresh or take part in an action packed day of activities. The Boat Inn Restaurant and bar serves fresh new locally sourced menus throughout the day.

Approx 25.1 mile(s) between Leaplish Waterside Park and Matfen Hall
Outside Matfen Hall
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Matfen Hall is a country house hotel set in Northumberland, adjacent to its own golf course.

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Itineraries

Our Great Outdoors
It's in our nature
Hadrian's Wall
Discover the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site
Welcome aboard
A view from a train
Our History & Heritage
Northumberland is famous for its castles and Hadrian's Wall
Rest, Refreshment & Retail
Refreshment stop options to consider
Have you heard the one
Myths and legends
Wheely Good Time
Off road skills
Camping in Kielder
Waterside views

Discover our skies at #NlandStars
Tourist Information Centres in Northumberland
Late availability noticeboard