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Camping Holidays in Northumberland

England’s most scarcely populated county is sure to offer you a warm welcome whenever you visit. A majestic blend of history, culture and nature can all be found in this inspiring county. The countryside is rugged and holds within it castles, gardens, hills and moorlands. There’s also the spectacular North Sea coastline, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a perfect place for walks and bike rides whilst discovering the flora and fauna of England’s northernmost county.Whatever kind of holiday you are looking for come see what Northumberland has to offer, it may well just surprise you.


If you’re looking for an exciting outdoor family adventure then come to Northumberland! With a beautiful coastline, rugged moorland, quaint towns and villages and a wealth of history, you’ll soon see this county has it all.

Its border with Scotland means its lands have seen many a bloody battle over the years. With hill forts and more castles than any other English county, the remnants of these bygone campaigns are all clear to see. Starting with Hadrian’s Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian and started in 122 AD to keep out the Scottish clans, this World Heritage site is a must for any visit to the county. It is also home to the Northumberland National Park Visitor centre and a great place to see what this area has in store for you. Mountain biking, climbing and hiking are all at your disposal for your outdoor adventure.

The history continues with the town of Bamburgh, Northumberland’s historic capital, and with its castle it’s quite a formidable place. There are further castles at Alnwick, Warkworth and Etal to name just a few. There’s so much history in this area to discover there’s enough to keep everyone occupied for days!

Once you’ve traversed the lands and seen what it has to offer then be sure to head to the coast. The beautiful shoreline of the North Sea will surprise you with its golden sands and clear waters. There might not be the Mediterranean climate but this area of outstanding natural beauty has plenty on offer. Go horse riding, cycling, hiking or all three, but either way you’ll not be disappointed by the surroundings!

Boat trips are a great way to see all the wildlife in its natural coastal environment. Trips to the Farne Islands and the surrounding waters are sure to be memorable. Another island off the coast, which can be reached by car at low tide, is Holy Island or Lindisfarne. This place is again of historical significance and is said to be the birthplace if Christianity in England, it is still today an important religious site.  Visit its castle and priory and marvel at the stunning views of the Northumberland coast.

Holiday Parks in Northumberland

Camping is a great way to experience the rustic charm of the great outdoors in Northumberland.

There are a variety of different campsites from the cheaper and more basic ones, with fewer facilities, to those with shower blocks, laundry facilities and more. So whether you want to stay by Hadrian’s Wall, on the coast or in the countryside you should find everything you need!

There are also plenty of opportunities to experience glamping in Northumberland, whether you fancy a wigwam, yurt or a tipi just take your pick!

Independant campsites in Northurmberland

Things to do in Northumberland

Tyne Green Country Park

Located in Hexham this offers a wealth of outdoor fun. From organised activities such as orienteering or bug hunts to a children’s play area and picnic tables. A good place for the kids to let off steam!

Hadrian’s Wall

A visit to the county wouldn’t be complete without it. This Roman wall spans for 73 miles and the majority is in Northumberland. There are five forts to explore and in summer you can experience history by watching the battle re-enactments. Walking and cycling are great activities to do in the area and you will be well rewarded by the same spectacular views once enjoyed by Roman Centurions of old.

Kielder Water and Forest Park

For fun and adventure in beautiful surroundings look no further than Kielder. Participate in walking, cycling and horse riding, all in England’s largest forest. On the lake take your pick out of all the different water sports on offer. Start out at the Tower Knowe visitor centre to find all the information on the area that you could possibly need.

Farne Islands

Laying just off the north Northumberland coastline, this oasis for birdlife is just a short boat trip away. Thousands of birds come to breed here every year and with over twenty species including Puffins and Arctic Terns, there’s plenty to see and plenty to learn. Also home to a large colony of grey seals, this trip is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. Boats can be taken from Seahouses harbour and run during the summer months, weather permitting.

Getting to Northumberland

Northumberland can be reached easily by road or rail. If travelling from the south take the A66 off the A1(M) before Newcastle and you’ll be there in no time. If coming from the west then take the M6 to Carlisle and then head east on the A69.

If you’d prefer to travel by rail then the East Coast mainline travels through this county and has stops at Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick upon Tweed.

If you’re travelling via air then Newcastle has an international airport which is only 15 miles from Morpeth and 34 miles from Alnwick

Written by of Family Camping Reviews

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