Discover the magic of Northumberland National Park this half term

If you’re looking for a family adventure that combines the beauty of nature with a touch of history and a dash of mystery this half-term, we have the perfect outing for you! 

Northumberland National Park is home to a plethora of scenic walking trails, and one of the most enchanting options is the Drake Stone walk close to the charming village of Harbottle. With its rich history and stunning scenery, this walk promises an unforgettable day out for all ages. 

The Drake Stone Walk is a 4-mile circular trail nestled within the heart of Northumberland National Park. The Park itself boasts some of the most unspoiled and breathtaking landscapes in England, and this walk is no exception. It’s a good choice for families, combining the wonders of the natural landscape with a fascinating connection to local history. There’s also a fantastic pub called The Star Inn at the start and end of this walk, and we can recommend the pizzas from their outdoor wood oven. Just what you need after a healthy dose of fresh air! 

Getting started 

The adventure begins in the charming village of Harbottle, where you can park your car and prepare for the walk. Before leaving home, check the route through our walking guide 

The mystery of the drake stone 

One of the highlights of this walk is the Drake Stone, a massive sandstone boulder that has captured the imaginations of generations. The stone is said to be a place of magic and mystery, and it’s not hard to see why. Perched atop a hill, this enigmatic stone offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Legend has it that the stone was once the meeting place of witches, making it an exciting story to share with the kids as you explore. 

Historical connections 

As you enjoy your walk, you’ll also enjoy views of Harbottle Castle, a ruined medieval castle that adds an extra layer of historical intrigue to your adventure.  

Scenic beauty

Beyond its historical elements, the Drake Stone walk offers some of the most breath-taking views in Northumberland. The landscapes include rolling hills and ancient woodlands. The walk also runs alongside the River Coquet, which provides a calming backdrop to your walk. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture these iconic views!


The walk is relatively gentle, but hilly in places. Wear appropriate footwear as it can be muddy in places! It’s a good walk to enjoy as a family, but the route isn’t suitable for wheels. The path is easy to follow and the walk is circular, so you’ll finish back in the village of Harbottle, where you can enjoy some well-earned refreshments at The Star Inn.  

Useful tips 

Dress appropriately for the weather. Layering is a good idea.  

Keep an eye on time, as the walk takes a couple of hours, you’ll want to be back at the village before dark.  

Bring snacks and water with you.  

Please respect the environment around you. Northumberland National Park is a unique and special place, take your litter home with you and leave the area as beautiful as you found it.