Northumberland

Park Explorer

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Overview

Depart the Cheviot Hills detouring to Alnwick en route to peaceful Rothbury. Explore Cragside before pausing in Harbottle and arriving in Otterburn. Take in Bellingham before arriving at Kielder to enjoy the trails and reservoir views.

Cheviot Hills

In the northern part of the national park, the Cheviot Hills are a great place to explore by foot, cycle or horse back. Visit the tumbling waterfall of Linhope Spout, explore College Valley or and may be head for The Cheviot – Northumberland’s highest point.

Wooler

The “Gateway to the Cheviots”, Wooler is an old market town and ideal base for those looking to explore the beauty of the surrounding area. Nearby you will find walking, biking, rock climbing, horse riding and fishing.

Cragside

The National Trust property of Cragside, home to the Victorian inventor and landscaper Lord Armstrong, is a great place to explore – take in the colourful gardens, lakes and walks. Enjoy the views and may be spot a red squirrel. Enjoy refreshments and then tour the formal gardens and gift shop.

Rothbury

Rothbury, the “capital of Coquetdale” is a peaceful market town haven set in the heart of spectacular countryside. Explore the Simonside Hills, Cheviot Hills and surrounding area and then return to enjoy the refreshments of the local tearooms and pubs.

Harbottle

One of Coquetdale’s most picturesque villages, Harbottle is overlooked by the ruins of a 12th century castle. Walk up to the magical, mythical Drake Stone and enjoy the spectacular views across the countryside.

Otterburn

Set in the Redesdale Valley, Otterburn is well worth exploring. Just outside the village you will find the site of the Battle of Otterburn. Explore Otterburn Mill with its museum outlining the history of weaving and wool milling in the area. Cross the road and take a walk through woodland across the hills.

Bellingham

The gateway to Kielder Water & Forest Park, Bellingham is home to Bellingham Heritage Centre. Take a 2 ½ mile woodland walk to Hareshaw Linn, through the old ironworks to the 30 feet waterfall. Slightly further afield you will be able to visit Hadrian’s Wall.

Kielder

Enjoy the stunning spectacle of Kielder. Take a reservoir cruise, bike the trail around the reservoir or relax with some refreshments and watch the ospreys across the water – time your visit to watch them nesting and rearing their young. Take a 12 mile drive through Kielder Forest – watch out for red kites, buzzards and deer.

Overview

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Cheviot Hills

2
12.7 miles

Wooler

3
20.3 miles

Cragside

4
0.8 miles

Rothbury

5
8.7 miles

Harbottle

6
14.0 miles

Otterburn

7
9.1 miles

Bellingham

8
21.2 miles

Kielder

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About the Park Explorer Trail

Distance: 87 miles
Cites / Towns: 8
Number Of Businesses: 0

Leave the towering might and open spaces of the Cheviot Hills behind and wind down towards Alnwick, with its impressive castle and visitor attractions. Head south to Rothbury before reaching the impressive Cragside to enjoy the gardens and inviting landscape. Head on through Harbottle to Otterburn before dropping down to Bellingham. Finish your journey at spectacular Kielder to enjoy the forest and attractions at the reservoir.

Walking Wonders

The hills of the national park are great places to explore. The old drovers’ trails provide a great network of paths to explore the countryside and take in some of the spectacular views. Don’t fancy walking – then bikes and horses are also a great way to explore.

Armstrong's Cragside

The magnificent Cragside provides an array of colourful gardens, lakes and walks for visitors to explore. Tour the house, the formal gardens and forest trails, the landscape provides a great treat for garden lovers and the casual visitor alike.

Outdoor Kielder

The reservoir and forest provide a playground for activity enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Explore the trails by foot, bike or car and enjoy the wildlife – red squirrels, deer and numerous birdlife.