Many local facilities within the National Park are still closed, including pubs, cafés, restaurants and many local shops. If you’re coming to the National Park, you’ll need to pack a bag and bring everything you need with you – remembering to take it all away with you again.
Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park, England
The weather too is very changeable, so be prepared if it suddenly gets colder or wetter whilst you are out and about.
Northumberland National Park’s public toilets are currently open.
If you find that a car park is full, please do not park in village centres or on grass verges on the side of the road. If you arrive and a place looks busy, it is too busy; be responsible, considerate and kind when you visit and be prepared to change your plans so as not to overwhelm locations within the National Park.
There are some wonderful places to picnic in Northumberland National Park, but you’ll need to bring everything with you and take everything away with you again, and that includes litter.
When litter is left behind, this puts a strain on the Northumberland National Park Ranger team and poses a real danger to wildlife and farm animals. The National Park is a beautiful setting to enjoy open space and spectacular views, a place where people can exercise and make memories. By being responsible, considerate and kind when you visit, the Park can be a place where nature and people can recover together. It’s important we all do our bit to look after the National Park so it can be enjoyed by everyone.
Whilst lots of people are making the most of the good weather and visiting the National Park for exercise, long periods of sunshine and low rainfall means the ground is very dry and the risk of wildfires are high. Barbecues aren’t permitted within the National Park; if placed directly onto grass, they burn deeply and can reignite long after everyone has gone home. During sunny periods, broken glass can also cause a fire to start so it really is important to take your litter home and leave the area as you found it.
This is really useful. Please read The Countryside Code, which applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales. It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors. You can download it here: