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Why visit Northumberland

Hadrian's Wall

'We came, we saw, we conquered' is exactly how you'll feel after traversing the 73-mile Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast across England's north. It's worth wandering as much of this Roman-era landmark as you can while camping in Northumberland, as there are museums and tearooms to pause at enroute, along with standout sights like the Housesteads Roman Fort and the Corbridge Roman Town.

Northumberland National Park 

This 1,050-square-kilometre protected space is one of the least populated – and visited – national parks in the UK. A prime place to go for a bit of peace, the northern section is home to the Cheviot Hills while the southern part covers vast moorland and Kielder Forest. There’s also lots to learn about here: look out for all the prehistoric sights and Roman ruins. It’s a dark-sky reserve too, so the views overhead are just as scenic as those on the ground. 

Forts and all 

If you're Roman around (sorry) while camping in Northumberland, there's heaps of history to get stuck into. Peer at all the priories or investigate crumbling castles. Chillingham Castle has an odd mix of artefacts to admire – from taxidermied alligators to wooden skis used on trips up Mount Everest – while Alnwick Castle hosts broomstick-training sessions as a nod to the fact that the Harry Potter series was filmed here. 

Coast and islands 

Northumberland’s 64-mile-long shoreline is, quite simply, stunning. Hike, bike and horse ride across the long beaches, then sail over to the Farne Islands from Seahouses on a boat trip. From May to July, you can spot puffin, Arctic tern and eider ducks (not to mention approximately 6,000 grey seals). Cross the causeway to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) at low tide too for visits to an atmospheric priory and castle. 

Top things to do in Northumberland 

* Seek out the toxic plants at the Alnwick Poison Garden  

* Meet owls, hawks and more at the Andy Howey’s Birds of Prey Centre 

* Taste the famous tea at Howick Hall, the home of Earl Grey 

* Browse Barter Books, an Alnwick institution known as ‘The British Library of second-hand books’.  

* Waterski or sail at Kielder Water, the UK’s biggest man-made lake 

Unexplored Northumberland

A spectacular soil sculpture

Navigate your way to Northumberlandia on your trip, a sizable sculpture of a woman dug from the earth. You can only see the full figure once you reach the top of the head after ambling through old woodland and across grassy paths. Other underrated countryside areas include the waterfowl-filled lake at QEII Country Park and the otter-spotting habitat of Cresswell Pond. Don’t miss the waders at Druridge Pools, set just behind the sand dunes of the beach of the same name.

Worthwhile walks

Head to Hareshaw Linn, a mini waterfall surrounded by rare lichen and ferns, to rove among the red squirrels by day and the Daubenton’s bats as dusk falls. If you’re after a better-known trail, a hiking highlight when camping in Northumberland is the trek along the beach from the pretty seaside village of Seahouses to the sweeping beach at Bamburgh. You could also set off on a circular stroll from Dunstanburgh Castle to Craster or row a boat down the River Coquet near Warkworth (rent one from by the castle in summertime). 

Hidden beaches

When camping in Northumberland, well-known beaches like Embleton Bay should be on your travel hit list. But for a section of sand that only locals really know about, head to Football Hole – a creamy-white stretch accessible on the walk between Beadnell and Low Newton. Spot seals and the odd dolphin here, then find the teeny Rumbling Kern, a rocky cove near Howick that’s hidden behind cliffs where whisky smugglers used to lug their wares.

Here's how 

Narrow down our Northumberland campsites to find the perfect place for your holiday. We’ve got brilliant dog-friendly bases that welcome four-legged friends, as well as parks where crowding around the campfire is encouraged. If you’re not keen on kids – or just want a break from your own children – browse our adults-only campsites in Northumberland. 

When it comes to location, decide whether you’d rather camp in a remote location or glamp by the coast

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Whether you’re staying in a tent or caravan sites in Northumberland, it would be remiss not to roam to the Scottish Borders up north or over to the lush Lake District National Park in nearby Cumbria.  

First time camping? Then take a look at our guide to all things pitching up. More of an expert? You might like our articles on dog-friendly stays or the gear you actually need to invest in