Information for New Visitors

If you’re thinking of visiting Northumberland National Park for the first time, we’ve put together some information below to help you plan your day out.

Northumberland National Park is a living, working landscape so it’s important to practise social distancing when you visit, even when out and about in the National Park.

We want you to enjoy your visit and stay safe and we hope this information will help you make the best of your day.

Things to do and places to visit

Whether you’re looking for a walk into the hills or just a quiet place to picnic with friends and family, please stay safe and keep those around you safe too. Be sure to explore our website for inspiration about where to visit.

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 is one of the best places to visit in the National Park

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 open and from Friday 19th June a kiosk will be available at Walltown Country Park.

The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre will open toilets and other facilities from Friday 26th June. Both of these sites will be open from 9am to 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Walks

We have over thirty great walks you can do in Northumberland National Park and each one can be downloaded in advance and comes with detailed route instructions and a map. Many start and finish from our own car parks.

A young man reading a map in the hills

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.

Picnics

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.

A dog on a picnic blanket

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.

A man holding a cup of coffee

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.

Be Considerate, Responsible & Kind

We ask everyone to consider the following steps when visiting Northumberland National Park. We all need to do our bit to control the spread of the Coronavirus and every action you take will make a difference. Find out more information to help with your visit here.

A poster showing the rules of the Countryside Code

The Countryside Code

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:

A poster showing the rules of the Countryside Code

If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]