Northumberland National Park
The Northumberland National Park is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and covers over 400 square miles - encompassing Hadrian's Wall in the south and the Cheviot Hills in the north. Within the park, you will find Kielder Water and Forest Park, which is great for cycling or walking and offers amazing scenery. It also boasts the least light pollution in England and has been awarded Europe's prestigious 'International Dark Sky' accolade. If you love stargazing, Kielder Observatory cannot be missed! Not only can you go for stargazing sessions, but occasionally we are lucky enough to be graced with the northern lights. If you are fortunate enough to witness the Aurora Borealis during your visit, then you will have memories lasting for a lifetime!
Rothbury is a picturesque market village situated on the banks of the River Coquet in the heart of Northumberland. Famous for its music festivals, Rothbury is just two miles away from the peaceful village of Thropton, heading west towards Northumberland National Park. A trip here promises a multitude of unique shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants, cafés and tea rooms, as well as beautiful river walks to explore.
Explore Hadrian’s Wall
At the southernmost part of the Northumberland National Park you will find Hadrian’s Wall, stretching coast to coast from Newcastle to Carlisle and the inspiration for the great wall in George RR Martin’s books ‘Game of Thrones’. From walking trails and cycling tracks to horse riding routes, one thing’s for sure: you won’t be short of things to do - and if you need more time to explore the Northumberland National Park, our cottages scattered around the area provide the perfect home-from-home base for your adventures, where a peaceful night’s sleep is guaranteed.
Enjoy a bite to eat
The Queen’s Head and Newcastle House are both fantastic traditional country pubs. On a sunny day the owners of Newcastle House are happy for you to take your drink outside to sit on the village green. The Coquetvale restaurant comes highly recommended by locals and serves an excellent range of Italian food.
The award-winning Tully’s Deli in the heart of the village has a small café area ideal for lunches, and there is a range of shops from the co-op to the Otterburn Mill clothing boutique, and the highly acclaimed Rothbury Family Butchers. Visited by Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, this local butcher provides the highest quality local meats alongside more exotic options such as kangaroo. Why not try some of their truly tasty offerings during your stay?
A lovely walk over the hills or a short drive takes you from Rothbury to Thropton. Thropton is a peaceful little village with a splendid outlook over the Simonside Hills. It may be a small village but there are two great pubs, The Three Wheat Heads and The Cross Keys.
Discover local history
The impressive National Trust owned Cragside House and estate is well worth a visit, a couple of miles away. This former home of Lord Armstrong was the first house in the country to use hydroelectric power and flushing toilets. See for yourself the birthplace of some of the most ground-breaking inventions of the time and wander around tranquil and relaxing gardens, not forgetting to enjoy a refreshing cuppa and a slice of cake in the tea shop afterwards.
If you have been inspired to holiday in this wonderful natural area, take a look at our fantastic collection of holiday cottages in Northumberland National Park and start planning your trip.
For even more information take a look at our dog-friendly guide to Northumberland.