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Tranquil beauty spots in the Park

Nature Reserves

Northumberland National Park teems with plants and animals, birds and insects. The best places to see them are in the many nature reserves.

Barrow Burn Wood

Near Alwinton, Upper Coquetdale. Visit for: A mixed woodland of alder, willow, hazel coppice, oak, rowan and birch on the north-facing banks of the Barrow Burn. See the carpet of bluebells in springtime. For more, click here.

Falstone Moss

Near Kielder. Visit for: The most accessible of the Border Mires. There is an interpretation board on site and a self-guide leaflet available from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust office. You should be able to see species such as meadow pipit, red grouse, roe deer, dragonflies and damselflies. For more, click here.

Greenlee Lough boardwalk path by David Taylor.

Greenlee Lough boardwalk path. Photo by David Taylor.

Greenlee Lough

Near Once Brewed. Visit for: It contains a mix of habitats beyond the open water of the lough (small lake), including carr woodland, bog and grassland. One of the Roman Wall loughs, this reserve is managed jointly by Northumberland Wildlife Trust, ourselves and English Nature. For more, click here.

Grindon Lough

Just north of the Stanegate. Visit for: The smallest and shallowest of the four natural loughs (small lakes) located in the Hadrian’s Wall area. It can be seen from the road and is a brilliant spot for birdwatching in the winter. For more, click here.

The Drake Stone in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

Windblown heather on the slopes of Harbottle Moor. Photo by David Taylor.

Harbottle Crags

Near Harbottle. Visit for: Beautiful open moorland with sandstone outcrops and crags. The outcrops include the Drake Stone, where nearby rocks have been scratched and polished by the ice sheet of the last glaciation. For more, click here.

Holystone Burn

Near Holystone, Upper Coquetdale. Visit for: The sessile oak woodland of Yardhope Oaks as well as juniper scrub, reedbed and flushes containing bog myrtle. The reserve is managed in partnership with the Forestry Commission. For more, click here.

Holystone North Wood

Near Holystone, Upper Coquetdale. Visit for: A semi-natural, acid sessile oakwood. This upland habitat is more typical of the Lake District. Many of the trees are multi-stemmed, indicating former coppicing, although records show that the wood was last worked in this manner more than 60 years ago. For more, click here.

Whitelee Moor

Redesdale Head, off the A68 near Carter Bar. Wheelchair access. Visit for: A site of European conservation importance because of its active blanket bog and heather heaths. It also contains other habitats and species of national and international importance. For more, click here.

Who are Northumberland Wildlife Trust?

This leading charity is dedicated to wildlife conservation and environmental education in the North East. Many hundreds of volunteers get involved in all aspects of their work.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.