Choose a cooler time of day to walk
The sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm during the summer months, and its intense heat continues past 4pm on extremely hot days, so we advise visitors to consider this and either choose the morning or late afternoon/evening to spend time outdoors. If there is shade, please seek this during the day’s peak temperature.
Select a walking route that includes shade
Many of our walking routes, particularly along Hadrian’s Wall and north of the Park in the Cheviots (and the more remote places), have limited shade. Please bear this in mind and choose walking routes and picnic spots that are more shaded and be prepared to also create your own shade. Please remember to wear a sun hat to protect your head, and regularly apply a high SPF sunscreen.
Ensure you have enough water
Dehydration and heat sickness can be dangerous, so we ask visitors to please drink enough water and bring plenty of fluids with them when they visit the National Park. Not all places have shops or facilities close by to buy refreshments, so make sure you bring a sufficient amount with you.
Ensure someone knows where you are going
It’s important, regardless of the weather, to ensure someone knows where you are going. Signal and Wi-Fi can be poor in some areas of the National Park, so to stay safe and to help emergency services reach you if you do find yourself in trouble, please let someone know where you are going and when.
Help keep the countryside safe
The heat can cause problems and sometimes have a devastating impact on the environment and wildlife. If you intend on taking a picnic with you to enjoy during your visit, please do not bring a barbecue. Barbecues, if placed directly onto grass, burn deeply and can reignite a long time after you’ve gone home. Broken glass, too, can cause a fire to start, so please take your litter home with you; the wildlife, local communities and emergency services will thank you for it.
Ensuring dogs are cared for
Be responsible, considerate and kind
To accommodate the anticipated increase in visitor numbers, the National Park has placed more Rangers and Volunteers in busier spots, including along Hadrian’s Wall, and the Ingram and Breamish Valleys.
We love welcoming people to the National Park to enjoy nature in such fine weather, and we encourage visitors to continue being responsible, considerate and kind.