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Drake Stone by David Taylor.

The Drake Stone & Harbottle Walk

Enjoy a circular walk with some short steep inclines and stiles. This lovely walk take you up to the ancient Drake Stone, a mythical place from where there are stunning views over the surrounding countryside and over to the ruins of Harbottle Castle. Download the Drake Stone & Harbottle Walk

Elsdon in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

Elsdon & The Todholes Walk

Enjoy a circular walk suitable for most abilities, with fantastic views over Elsdon on the return leg. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst and seeing the sights of this scenic Northumberland village. For the adventurous amongst you, why not pair this walk with our Elsdon Burn Walk. Explore the walk…

Tea Room and Picnic Walks

There are some wonderful tea rooms in Northumberland National Park serving luscious home-made cakes and sandwiches, and they are conveniently situated next to walks in our finest landscapes. Help yourself to a stimulating walk with a reward at the end. Hadrian’s Wall Area Greenhead Tea Room and Thirlwall Castle Walk Once Brewed Visitor Centre and…

Art Galleries

Artful – Art for Everyone Hexham. Free. Visit for: The quirky artwork of Kelly Morgan. Both originals and prints are for sale. For more, click here. The Art Tour Free. Visit for: Every year, usually in June, artists open their studios to the public in this event by Network Artists Northumberland. For more, click here.…

Katherine Tickell performing by Derek Maxwell.

Theatre & Live Music

The Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Hexham. Visit for: A whole host of artistic offerings in this magnificent Victorian building. There are two art galleries with exhibitions including modern painting and photography. It shows films and hosts theatre and dance productions. For more, click here. Accordion and Fiddle Clubs Being so close to Scotland means that…

Cinema & TV

Locations TV series Vera, about Northumberland detective Vera Stanhope, has filmed here. Locations include Linhope Spout waterfall, Walltown, Steel Rigg above Once Brewed, and Sycamore Gap. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, was filmed here. Sycamore Gap is home to The Robin Hood Tree. The Catherine Cookson TV mini-series used local locations such…

Elsdon in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.

Elsdon Burn Walk

Explore the rich history of Elsdon on a gentle walk from the village to the burn and back again. Enjoy a cuppa or a pint after building up a thirst and seeing the sights of this pretty little place. Download the Elsdon Burn Walk

Alwinton & The River Alwin Walk

A favourite route with walkers, starting in Alwinton, that used to be one of many trackways in the border hills frequented in times past by cattle drovers, shepherds, pedlars and whiskey smugglers. Download the Alwinton & The River Alwin Walk

Barrowburn in Northumberland National Park.

Barrowburn Easy Walk

An easy circular walk suitable for most abilities, taking in the flower rich haymeadows and passing the Barrrowburn farm tea room on the way. Download the Barrowburn Easy Walk

The Shepherds Cairn Walk

The Shepherds Cairn is a memorial to two shepherds who lost their lives in the winter of 1962. They were found just half a mile from their remote home at Ewartly Shank. Download The Shepherds Cairn Walk

Simonburn in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.


This timeless village of sash-windowed stone cottages is halfway between Hexham and Bellingham. The picturesque village green and the surrounding houses were used as location for TV mini-series of the Catherine Cookson novels. What’s on offer Tea room, gift shop, car parking, accommodation, public transport to Nunwick, a five-minute walk from Simonburn. Simonburn Tea Room…

Hexham Abbey.


This charming town lies just to the south east of Northumberland National Park, on the banks of the River South Tyne. Wander around its streets, packed with history that radiates out from Hexham Abbey. It’s a paradise for shoppers looking for originality, with market stalls every day in the Shambles, farmers’ markets and a mixture…

Greenhead Church in Northumberland by Roger Clegg.


This small village lies just outside the Northumberland National Park, down the road from Walltown. It’s a great place to stop on the Pennine Way. What’s on offer Tearooms, accommodation, pub, farmers market on second Sunday of each month, easy walks by the river at Thirlwall, public transport Walk: Thirlwall Castle from Greenhead. Download the…

Alwinton in Northumberland National Park by Simon Fraser.


Alwinton, the last village in Upper Coquetdale, is surrounded by rolling hills. It is a great starting point for walks on the Border Ridge. There are also some fantastic horse riding routes in the Coquet Valley around Alwinton, which are perfect for mountain bikers too. What’s on offer The Rose and Thistle pub, which serves…

Elsdon in Northumberland National Park by David Taylor.


Elsdon, the historic capital of Redesdale, is the perfect Northumbrian village. It has an ancient parish church, a tower house and even the remains of a castle. The houses which gather round the teardrop-shaped village green make it the largest settlement within the boundaries of the National Park. It’s a great starting point for many…

Wooler and Humbleton Hill by David Taylor.


The town of Wooler is a natural gateway to the Cheviot Hills and Northumberland National Park. As the leading shopping centre in the area, it has a reputation for friendly, helpful service. Just 15 miles from the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, you can also discover Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands from here. Wooler is an…

Wooler Common Star Trail by Laurie Campbell.

Wooler Common

Just a five-minute drive west of Wooler, this wild area, owned by the Forestry Commission, allows you to get into the heart of the countryside. It is a mixture of woodland and open ‘common’, knitted together by intriguing footpaths. Two ponds lie at Wooler Common’s centre, reached by an easy access trail. Click here for…

More Cheviot Wild Goats

Hethpool Wild Goat Walk

A lovely family walk to Hethpool Linn, a dramatic waterfall on the College Burn, returning along St Cuthbert’s Way – we can’t guarantee it, but a good vantage point to see the wild Cheviot goats. Download the Hethpool Wild Goat Walk

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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.