5 Impressive North East Parks

Posted 15 Aug 17, written by Amanda Lambert

From its bustling cities, eclectic towns and quaint villages to expansive stretches of countryside, stunning coastline and impressive parks, the North East is ripe for the exploring this summer. 
To help you plan some unforgettable days out, here at Cottages in Northumberland, we’re putting our local knowledge to good use and giving you the lowdown on 5 of the North East’s most impressive parks. Whether you fancy a city break in Newcastle or want to retreat to a Northumberland cottage in the countryside, this blog will give you all the information you need to discover things to do in Northumberland and beyond.

1. Kielder Water & Forest Park, Kielder  

No visit to the North East is complete without a trip to Kielder Water and Forest Park. With 250 square miles of woodland, Europe’s biggest man-made reservoir, and the largest Dark Skies Park in Europe, it makes the perfect adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Offering a whole range of activities from cycling, walking and watersports to fishing, birdwatching and art exhibitions, as well as the chance to stargaze at some of England’s darkest and most impressive skies - there’s something for everyone. The park is also home to some amazing wildlife, including birds of prey, salmon and even some non-native wallabies! Visit one of the three visitor centres - Kielder Castle, Tower Knowe and Kielder Waterside to discover the history, beauty and sights this beautiful natural park has to offer.

2. Saltwell Park, Gateshead

Situated in the heart of Gateshead, Saltwell Park is a stunning Victorian park with 55 acres of fields, woodland and ornamental gardens. Beautifully restored to its former glory, Saltwell Park is a truly wonderful example of a Victorian park that will take you back in time. Its historic charm and natural beauty are captivating, while the modern facilities will provide you with all you need for a fun visit. With a boating lake, numerous walking trails, play areas, an education centre and an animal house - as well as a visitor centre in the Saltwell Towers manor house - it’s ideal for family days out with lots to keep everyone entertained.

3. Jesmond Dene Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Within Newcastle lies Jesmond Dene Park – a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tucked away in a pretty wooded valley running alongside the Ouseburn River, Jesmond Dene Park offers the perfect setting for immersing yourself in nature right in the heart of the city. A good place to start is the visitor centre at Millford House, where you’ll find a cafe, toilets, picnic areas and ‘Pets Corner’. From here, you can wander into the park and stroll along the river, taking in the marvellous wildlife along the way - and you might even get a rare sighting of a red squirrel or Kingfisher.

4. Herrington Country Park, Sunderland

As one of Sunderland’s biggest parks, Herrington Country Park is a must visit if you’re in the area. With an array of cycling and walking paths, as well as a massive children’s play area that’s inspired and designed around the Lambton Worm, a local legend, it’s the ideal place to let the kids run free and let off some steam. The park is also host to a number of events throughout the year, including the Sunderland Festival, as well as outdoor concerts. So, there’s always something to see and do - even if it’s just soaking up the beautiful surroundings as you navigate your way through the park. 

5. Northumberland National Park, Hexham

For a true insight into the history and beauty of the North East, a trip out to the Northumberland National Park is definitely worth the effort. Home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall and The Sill, a new discovery centre, you can brush up on local history and culture and take in the awe-inspiring countryside that’s all around. Covering a vast area, you can pick and choose what to see and do while you’re here. Marvel at the natural waterfalls and enchanted woods, get up close and personal with all kinds of wildlife, get off-road and hike or cycle up into The Cheviot Hills - the choice is yours, but the possibilities are endless.

Finding cottages in Northumberland and the North East

If you’re looking to experience one or all of these fantastic parks during your holiday in Northumberland, you’ll want to find the perfect base for exploring. From picturesque seaside locations to rustic holiday cottages, Northumberland has plenty to offer visitors to the North East. And when you’re choosing your accommodation, it’s important to prioritise where you want to explore to make sure everything is easily accessible. Take a look at our extensive choices of Northumberland cottages and find your perfect home-from-home accommodation today.
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