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Northumberland is a magical place with dramatic scenery, historical buildings and so much to see and do. Much of Hadrian’s Wall stretches across the Northumbria landscape and is an excellent place to visit for a part of it or to walk the whole distance which takes around a week from coast to coast.

The sites at Chesterholm and Haydon Bridge are some of the best pieces along the wall itself. At Kielder Water, Europe’s largest man made lake, there are water sports, fishing, and walks in stunning countryside. Visit the historic town of Alnwick for its castle which featured in Harry Potter, and which even has a famous poison garden, and for the large second hand bookshop in the converted station waiting room.

Northumbria’s coastline is beautiful and unspoilt. Visit the Farne Islands which is a breeding ground for grey seals, and perhaps take a trip out to mysterious Lindisfarne. Scuba diving is popular around the Farnes. The Northumbria Coastal Footpath stretches 64 miles between Cresswell and Berwick on Tweed. Spend time at Bamburgh Castle with is dramatic coastal scenery.

Visit the site of the Battle of Otternburn near this small Northumbrian village. The historic town of Morpeth is popular with visitors with its excellent Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month, lots of traditional local shops, and a Bagpipe Museum. Nearby Druridge bay with seven miles of sandy beach is a popular place for walks or sunbathing.

Northumbria is home to the North Pennines with its excellent hiking, horse riding and mountain biking country, and many tiny isolated villages and farmland. There are a surprising amount of attractions in Northumbria which often gets overlooked for Scotland and in fact is very scenic and welcoming as a visitor destination. 
 

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