Northumberland National Park

The Northumberland National Park is 400 square miles and covers most of the west of Northumberland. It is England's most northerly and least visited National Park which means that it can offer a more relaxed and quieter visitor experience. The Park stretches from the Cheviot Hills which are on the Scottish border down to Hadrian's Wall and include Kielder Forest.

There are a number of recreational activities that are popular including walking the Penine Way, the starting point is Bellingham village. It is also a popular area for cyclists and picnics. Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in northern Europe is also in the forest and is ideal for sailing small craft and fishing See Visit Kielder Website for more details. Kielder village, close to the Scotland border is also worth visiting and it has a building that was originally built in 1775 by the Duke of Northumberland as a hunting lodge. The forest also has an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels which have become scarce in other parts of England

Another good place to visit is the Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre
at Leaplish See Website for more details