Welcome to Northumberland National Park.
National Parks are Britain’s finest landscapes. Collectively, the 15 National Parks represent “Britain’s Breathing Spaces”. Located on the border of England and Scotland, Northumberland National Park has its own unique role within the family of National Parks.
The most difficult question I’m ever asked is: Just what is it that makes Northumberland National Park so special?
Do I point to our 425 scheduled monuments, to our world-class geological sites, or to the triumphant swoop of endangered Hen Harriers across a breathtaking landscape? Do I show our mysterious Neolithic rock carvings and ancient forts, or tell how our National Park is home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air and darkest skies? Or do I talk about farming, quarrying, artists, craftsmen or musicians?
The fact is that, in Northumberland National Park, our heritage is the landscape all around us: it is the rocks beneath our feet and the endless skies above. It is the earth from which our crops grow and the waters that nourish them. It is the shapes and scars of industry past and present. It is the microscopic organisms that creep and crawl and slither and climb. It is the tumultuous cacophony of languages, sounds, tastes, dialects, skills and traditions and cultures that add up to 6,000 years of human life here in Northumberland National Park. This is heritage shaped by the landscape and of the landscape, a unique demonstration of the complex interactions between a natural and human environment and all that lies within it – on a 400 square mile scale.
Our vision is that the National Park will be a truly welcoming and distinctive place, easily accessible to all. That its natural and cultural assets will be widely recognised and valued and its living, working landscape will contribute positively to the well-being of the thriving and vibrant communities in and around it.
Peace and tranquillity is a key quality of Northumberland National Park, and a feature valued by local communities and visitors alike. In 2014, the National Park became part of Europe’s largest Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park, for the quality of its night skies.
This year the UK’s first National Landscape Discovery Centre will open at The Sill on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park. This will open the National Park and the wider North East to a larger and more diverse audience and will transform how people of all ages understand and explore landscapes.
Northumberland National Park is an exceptional place, and we want everyone who visits the National Park to have a truly exceptional experience and to be inspired by what they see.
So, Get Stuck In!