Kielder Water in Northumberland

Northumberland National Park

One of the most tranquil places in the country, Northumberland National Park is the northern most National Park in England.

Home to iconic Roman ruins such as Hadrian’s Wall, The Cheviots and the darkest skies in England, Northumberland National Park is one of the least visited but still captivating National Parks in England and Wales.

Northumberland has some of the lowest levels of light pollution in England, making it one of the best places in the country to go stargazing. Offering pristine views of millions of stars as far away as Andromeda (2.5 million light years from Earth), it forms part of the first International Dark Sky Park to be designated in England (in 2013).

Did you know? Northumberland is the least populated National Park.

Designation: 1954

Habitats: Moorland, hay meadows, peatland, ancient woodland

Common wildlife: Goats, bumblebees, roe deer, barn owls, salmon, waders including lapwing, oystercatcher and curlew

Star spots: Red squirrels, black grouse, otters

Notable towns and cultural sights: Hadrian’s Wall, Pele tower ruins

Notable nature sights: Kielder Forest, Stell rigg

Popular activities for visitors: Stargazing, hiking, hill climbing

Highest peak: The Cheviot at 815 meters above sea level

Annual visitor numbers: 1.73 million in 2019

Threats: Increasing pressures from farming, climate change, industry, overdevelopment