Top Reasons for Taking a Trip to Northumberland
With a seaboard that stretches for 70 miles, Northumberland offers some of the loveliest coastlines in England. Featuring soft sands, offshore islands, a wide open sea and dunes peppered on the side with some old fishing village or medieval castles. The shores are usually flocked by hikers, watersport enthusiasts, birdwatchers and families— but you’ll find that the rest of the Northumberland coast is crowd-free and wonderfully unspoilt. If you are mainly looking to experience some solitude while you enjoy the beauty of the Northumberland beaches, be sure to head to Rumbling Ken, Sugar Sands, Ross Back Sands, Football Hole and Cheswick Sand. If you’re an avid birder, the sands at Druridge Bay and Cresswell would be worth a visit.
There is no better focal point to the Roman influence in the region than Hadrian’s Wall although there are numerous other points of interests in the region that points back to the influences of the Romans in the area. Built over 2,000 years ago, Hadrian’s Wall used to stand at 10 feet in height— although only about half of that wall has remained in most places. It is certainly the most celebrated attraction of the region, there are fascinating visitor centres and forts along the area which should give you a better glimpse of what life used to be like back in the day. The superb view and the wide expanse of the beautiful countryside make it a great destination not just for those hoping to get a good glimpse of the past and those that want to enjoy some hearty walk.
Thanks to its close links to the Romans, Northumberland has a number of historic towns— many of which can be traced even as far back as the 12th century. What is even more remarkable is the fact that numerous artefacts have been preserved in these areas for ages. One of the most popular historical destinations in the region is the past-coloured village of Alnmouth. Equally impressive are Alnwick, Bamburgh, and Blanchland.
Castles— Lots of Castles
Another thing that sets Northumberland apart from the rest of the UK is its unusually high concentration of magnificent castles. Along the Heritage Coast alone, four castles can be found within just 20 miles which includes the Bamburgh fortress. Interestingly, you’ll also find Alnwick castles of the Harry Potter films fame, along with Lindisfarne in the region which too, are equally just as breathtaking.