Considered to be ‘England’s last wilderness’, stretching south from the Scottish border, Northumberland National Park is the least populated area of England. Its vast swathes of heather moorland, the rolling Cheviot Hills and expansive Kielder Water, Europe’s largest reservoir, make Northumberland National Park a great place for exploring the great outdoors.
There are no sizeable settlements within the park itself but several pleasant towns around the edge make good jumping off points for walks onto the moors or into the Cheviots. The market town of Rothbury on the eastern edge of the park is also home to the extraordinary Cragside House Estate, previously home to Victorian inventor, Lord Armstrong, and still showcasing many of his ingenious inventions.
The only area of the park that could be considered as anything approaching ‘busy’ is that around Kielder Water, where the surrounding forest is popular for mountain biking, horse riding and walking and the reservoir itself offers many water sports, including kayaking, water-skiing and wind-surfing.