Part of the beauty of Northumberland National Park is its isolated, rural nature: this is a place where you can really escape to windswept hill and dark skies. The corresponding lack of population centres does, however, mean that much of the National Park remains beyond the reach of regular bus services. There are still some useful services for visitors; however most of these are concentrated in and around the more populated Tyne Valley to the south.
Hadrian’s Wall Bus AD122
The flagship bus service for Northumberland National Park is the AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus (commemorating the year in which construction of the Wall commenced). Running from Friday 14th April until Sunday 1st October 2017, the bus operates a hop-on, hop-off system of ‘rover’ tickets with a one-, three-, and seven-day pricing structure.
Tickets are also valid on some other local routes run by Go North East. The AD122 runs an hourly service between Hexham and Haltwhistle, visiting the main Roman attractions in the central section of the World Heritage Site.
Click to download AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus timetable 2017: HWC_AD122_2017 Timetable
Other bus services
Northumberland and North Tyneside has an extensive network of local bus routes and the county benefits from great coverage for residents and visitors.
There are a number of connecting services available from the main bus stations in Newcastle and Hexham that can help you explore Hadrian’s Wall Country with ease.
Click to download 2017 connection timetable: HWC_AD122_X85_10_2017
Mile after mile of wonderful country lanes offering spectacular views, with barely a vehicle in sight: this is what awaits cyclists in Northumberland. Combined with extensive off-road trails, cycle hubs, and well-marked routes, Northumberland is a cyclist’s dream – from families looking for quiet, flat roads to mountain bikers seeking a challenge and a thrill. For all things cycling in Northumberland go to: www.cyclepad.org.uk
If you want to bring your two-wheeled friend along, all mainline train services (and many local ones) have spaces for bikes, but to avoid problems or disappointment, it is always best to reserve your spot in advance. To do this, you can either call the train operator, or head to your local railway station’s ticket office.
Three major long-distance road routes for cycling pass through the National Park, namely the Pennine Cycleway, Hadrian’s Cycleway and the Reivers Cycle Route. The Sandstone Way is England’s first long distance (120 miles) MTB route running between Berwick-Upon-Tweed and the medieval town of Hexham, passing through the National Park and Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.
Sustrans offers great information and route ideas for cyclists and sustainable travellers in Northumberland and beyond, and for a wealth of information and links to cycle resources.
Walking gives you a wonderful perspective of this amazing area. Cars and buses are limited to the roads which usually run along the valleys. Following a footpath gives you views unseen from the tarmac. For inspiration, take a look at our Walking section.
The best way to enjoy Northumberland National Park is to leave the car behind, where possible, and explore by bus, bike or boot. It means you can enjoy the views without worrying about parking. You will also help the environment. However, if you do choose to drive, we have an extensive list of car parks.
The National Park also has a network of electric vehicle charging posts, from Hadrian’s Wall to the Cheviots and the Scottish border. Why not recharge your batteries with a lovely walk in the hills, whilst your car does the same!
The principal line of use for visitors to Northumberland National Park is the Tyne Valley Line, which links Newcastle and Carlisle with destinations along the Tyne Valley through Hadrian’s Wall country, a full list of useful stations can be found above. Though this line doesn’t cover the whole of the National Park, there are many inspiring walks to be made from the stations along the line, the national trail offers a selection of walks in the East Tyne Valley and walks in the West Tyne Valley, accessible by railway.