Where you can go in the Park
Since May 2005, large areas of Northumberland National Park are accessible to the public as a result of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW). This means that you can now walk feely on designated ‘Access Land’ without having to stay on rights of way.
Up to date information about access land, where you can go and what you can do is available on the Countryside Access website.
Waymarking symbols for access land
Where to find up to date information
The highway authority is responsible for the Definitive Map, which provides a legal record of public rights of way and public rights known to exist at any point in time.
Within the National Park, there are 707 kilometres of public footpath, 422 kilometres of public bridleway, 38 kilometres of byway open to all traffic and 50 kilometres of restricted byway.
Up to date information on all rights of way in the County can be found on the mapping pages of the county council’s website.
Northumberland National Park Authority has delegated responsibility from the highway authority in terms of the physical maintenance and improvement of the public rights of way network.
The majority of this work is carried out by our Rangers, who are responsible for surveying paths, signing routes, helping landowners to keep gates and stiles in good condition, and help to resolve conflicts between path users and those who live and work in the National Park.
More information about access in the Park
On the Natural England website you can also find details and maps for more than 1800 walks, rides and areas of open access provided under the Countryside Stewardship, Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Environmental Stewardship Schemes.
All these differing forms of access are individually identified on the Ordnance Survey Explorer Series maps. There are three maps that cover the area of the National Park:
- Explorer OL 16 – The Cheviot Hills
- Explorer OL 42 – Kielder Water and Forest
- Explorer OL 43 – Hadrian’s Wall