Northumberland walks tend to be peaceful affairs because Northumberland is
the least densely populated county in England. About a quarter of it
comprises the Northumberland National Park. Many parts of this are remote
with few roads. This means some parts are relatively difficult to get to.
About a quarter of the Northumberland
National Park is forested but most of this is plantation and little is
There is plenty of wildlife to lookout for
including the curlew which is the Park emblem, rare black grouse and red
Much of the National Park is made up of bleak
heather moorland but this has a "wide open spaces" beauty of its
own. It also means there is a fair amount of peat which can make walking a
wet affair after/during wet weather and gaiters will make the experiance
One only has to looks at the Ordnance Survey
map to notice the vast quantity of antiquities marked, from Iron Age hill
forts and Roman remains to castles and "bastles" which are
fortified farmhouses - some ruined but some still occupied. The proximity to
Scotland and the raids by the Border Reivers made fortifications necessary.
On the southern boundary of the Northumberland National Park is Hadrians
The Cheviot Hills are perhaps the area most
famous for walking in Northumberland and the Pennine Way runs along them.
The Cheviot itself is the highest point at 2674 ft (815 m).
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