Farming in the National Park
Today, more than three-quarters of the Park is farmed. It is characterised by farmsteads surrounded by enclosed, fertile fields, giving way to open rough grazing or moorland. Farming is mainly sheep and cattle production.
There are 256 farms within, or partly within, the Park boundary. These farms tend to be larger than the national average for hill farms, but the size does vary considerably with the terrain. In the Cheviots, the average farm size is 1,205 hectares, while the average size of the Hadrian’s Wall farms is 293.