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.

We’re glad to welcome you to the spectacular landscapes of the Northumberland National Park, which has been voted as the best National Park in UK. We hope you enjoy making wonderful memories, and experience the beauty and tranquillity the Park has to offer.

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.

Some local facilities within the National Park may still be closed. If you’re coming to the National Park, we recommend you prepare by packing a bag and bringing everything you think you’ll need with you – and please remember to take it all away with you at the end of your visit.

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. Do remember there are some scenic and charming villages to explore within and close to the National Park such as Wooler, Bellingham and the market town of Hexham, for if the weather does decide to take a turn.

Northumberland National Park’s public toilets are currently open at the following locations:

Additional toilet facilities can be found at other local tourist attractions and nearby villages.


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 take care in finding alternative car parking spaces, and do not park 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.

A dog on a picnic blanket

When litter is left behind, it 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 for years to come.

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 can mean 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.  Please take your litter home and leave the area as you found it for others to enjoy.

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.

The Countryside Code

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 the Countryside Code leaflet here.

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We hope you enjoy your visit to the Northumberland National Park. Let us know how your day went by leaving us some feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.