Our parks in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are ideally located close to the Northumberland National Park. Whilst there, you can take in so many amazing sights, sounds and activities. Here’s just a few of the Northumberland National Park activities within reach when staying at Riverside, Scoutscroft and Coldingham Bay.
Northumberland National Park centres
You can gather lots of information about the Northumberland National Parks, its activities, walks and wildlife from the fantastic discovery centres The Sill and Walltown Visitor Centre. The Sill is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and shows exhibitions, offers learning and events spaces and a local food café. In addition, there is a rural business hub and shop specialising in local crafts and produce, allowing you to take a little bit of your holiday home with you. The Sill offers great events throughout the year from storytelling sessions, an Elf run, fairs and craft workshops. The Walltown Visitor centre is close to the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. It offers seating areas, washrooms and a small shop selling refreshments. The Walltown centre offers a great starting point for a number of local walks and a Pease Labyrinth. It is also a designated Dark Skies Discovery Site, making it perfect for stargazing.
Dark Skies Stargazing
All Verdant Leisure parks are located far from the hustle and bustle of every day life, offering a peaceful retreat. The parks Riverside, Scoutscroft and Coldingham Bay benefit from being on the doorstep of Dark Skies Discovery Sites. Walltown is one such site towards the south of the Northumberland National Park. There is also Kirknewton Village Hall, close to the Borders, and Wooler common, which is within walking distance of Riverside.
These Northumberland National Park Stargazing spots are away from the worst of any local light pollution and provide a great view of the sky. Public events are held within the Dark Skies Sites. Be sure to keep an eye on the Northumberland National Park events guide to catch what’s on during your visit.
Northumberland National Park walks
A visit to the Northumberland National Park wouldn’t be complete without a hike. Walking in the area is made easy with great car parking facilities and picnic spots laid out. The Park offers guided walks throughout the year. However, if you want to take off on your own there are a number of mapped walking routes available. Kirknewton Hillfort Trail offers a great way to see the remains of a 2,000 year old iron age hillfort in the Cheviots. This is a 3 mile walk taking approximately 2-3 hours and is accessible from St Gregory’s Church in Kirknewton. It loops round West Hill where the Iron Age hillfort is and you have the option to climb the hill or continue around it. The climb to the top offers fantastic views!
Hethpool Wild Goat Walk is another firm favourite of ours, allowing you to spot the wild goats of the Northumberland National Park. This family walk offers you views of a dramatic waterfall too. It begins in the hamlet of Hethpool and is a simple 2 mile walk sticking to road, track and footpath. There are views of Wester Tor and Easter Tor. There is a small add-on to this walk which will increase the chances of spotting the wild goats on Easter Tor.
These walks are towards the north of the Northumberland National Park. Making them perfect to complete during holidays at Riverside, Coldingham Bay and Scoutscroft. With a span of 410 square miles, the park has so much more to offer. There are hundreds of walks to enjoy from Hadrian’s Wall to near the Scottish Borders.