England’s Border country

Northumberland Travel Blog

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Holy Island

Northumberland is one of England’s loveliest counties, and one of its least visited. This is due perhaps to its relative remoteness in the far north east of the country, and perhaps also to the fact that those of us who know how lovely it is choose not to shout its praises too loudly for fear that too many visitors will spoil it!

Despite that fear though, I can't resist the temptation to share some of its beauty and to encourage anyone who wants to see a different side of England to visit. Whether you’re looking for stunning coastal scenery, wild landscapes or ancient history, you will find them here. 

Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches line the Northumbrian coast, although the chilly waters of the North Sea and the often cold winds that blow off it mean that they will be largely deserted on all but the hottest of summer days.

Hadrian's Wall at Housesteads
Inland the Cheviot Hills are almost completely unspoiled, and you can stand on the ancient Roman Hadrian’s Wall and look north across one of the least populated areas of the country. A series of majestic castles fringes the land on its seaward side, including Alnwick and Bamburgh – two of the most interesting castles in the country to visit. And to the south lies industrial Tyneside, which too has its attractions, not least in that very industrial heritage.

This blog does not claim to paint a comprehensive picture of this beautiful county, but is rather a collection of snapshots of destinations there that I have enjoyed visiting. I will add more suggestions as we continue to explore this lovely county.

Toonsarah says:
Thank you both. Ben, Goid to meet another fan of Northumberland, and Holger, cone visit soon!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2017
Ben-UK says:
I love this part of our country but I don't visit often enough - last time I enjoyed a few days camping and loved it, wandering along the beach at Bamburgh with the waves rolling in .. lovely :))
Posted on: Feb 24, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Congrats on your featured blog. Well done and well deserved, as always. *winkygrin*
Posted on: Feb 24, 2017
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Holy Island
Holy Island
Hadrians Wall at Housesteads
Hadrian's Wall at Housesteads
Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle
Northumberland
photo by: Toonsarah