The Healing Power of Northumberland National Park

In today’s modern, fast-paced lives, it’s easy to become disconnected from the natural world. However, research consistently shows that spending time in nature has a profound impact on our mental health and overall wellbeing.

Time spent in nature has been linked to reduced stress levels, improved mood, increased creativity, and clearer thinking. Embracing physical activity, such as a walk in the countryside not only benefits our physical wellbeing but supports our mental health by releasing endorphins, the feel-good hormone which promotes a sense of wellbeing and supports a positive mindset.

Escape the Digital Overload

From screens to notifications, the pressure to stay connected online is ever-present and this can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress, as well as sensory overload. Northumberland National Park can provide a welcome respite from the digital world. From the Cheviots near the Scottish Borders to Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park offers a calm and tranquil space where you can immerse yourself in the sounds of nature.

Reconnect with Simplicity

Nature can keep us grounded and remind us of life’s simple pleasures. In Northumberland National Park, you can enjoy the sheer simplicity of life in its purest form. Whether it’s the sound of early morning birdsong in the spring, the scent of wildflowers in the summer or a pink coloured sky as the sun sets over the rolling hills, it is these little experiences which have a way of rejuvenating our spirits.

Inner peace and mindfulness

The serene landscapes in Northumberland National Park provide the perfect backdrop for practicing mindfulness. When we connect with nature, we engage our senses and become fully present in the moment. The sound of a waterfall as it hits the pool below or the awe-inspiring sight of a star-filled night sky can all serve as anchors for our attention, helping to let go of worries and find inner peace.

The Sill

If you haven’t visited Northumberland National Park before, The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre is a great place to start.

Located just a stone’s throw from Hadrians’ Wall, The Sill is free to enter, featuring exhibitions, a grassland rooftop walk, a café with views overlooking the rolling Northumberland hills, and a shop which celebrates the talent and creativity of local producers. Whatever your ability, The Sill is built with accessibility in mind and with a team of welcome staff on hand to help you discover the local landscape, it’s the perfect first step towards connecting with nature to improve your wellbeing.

A young women sat in the Northumberland National Park wearing leisure clothing

Walk to Wellbeing

During the Spring and Summer, Northumberland National Park and Active Northumberland are working with Health Walks leaders to design walks suitable for people wanting an easy introduction to the inspirational landscapes in Northumberland National Park. All Walks to Wellbeing are led by West Tynedale Health Walk trained volunteers.

You can find our Walk to Wellbeing walks listings by clicking here.


Walk to Wellbeing

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Guided Walks

If you are a regular walker and would like to explore Northumberland National Park but you’re not sure where to start, our guided walks programme, ran by volunteers, takes you to some of the most scenic locations in the National Park – volunteers are extremely knowledgeable, so you’ll leave feeling enriched by the culture, heritage, and landscape, and keen to explore more!

You can find our guided walks programme by clicking here.