A prominent feature in many great literary works, Britain’s beauty continues to amaze – and, nestled in the northernmost part of the picturesque English countryside beyond Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland landscape is no different.

Although there are plenty of diverse accommodation options across the region, cosy holiday cottages can’t be beaten. Whether you prefer climbing around the countryside or kicking back on the coast, Northumberland is an idyllic holiday destination by anyone’s standards.

Hadrian’s Wall (credit: Dan Bage)


NORTHUMBERLAND – Please proceed with caution, my friends. For there’s something that lurks beneath the vast sand rushes of Northumberland’s wild shoreline and it seeks your soul to have as its own. I know, because it stole mine from me – and I haven’t been the same since.

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Druridge Bay (Image credit: M Czekirda)

Northumberland is home to more than 30 miles of the most beautiful beaches in the British Isles. Some of them are hulking curved slices of sand and rock like Embleton Bay upon which stands Dunstanburgh Castle, others sheltered coves of folding dunes and dancing grasses like Druridge Bay.

Whichever beach you choose, be prepared; keep your heart guarded at all times. For if you don’t, it’ll be lost amongst the wild sands, and you will never want to return home.


Discover Northumberland’s Wild Spirit and follow in the footsteps of a local legend.

Isaac’s Tea Trail is a long-distance circular path approximately 36 miles long.  Launched in 2002, it is inspired by the life and travels of Isaac Holden (1804 – 1857) who was a travelling tea seller, philanthropist and familiar figure on the rough tracks of the North Pennines in Victorian times.

The trail follows riverside paths, through farmland to the open moorland with fell top views.  Set in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will discover green valleys and cross wild moors with stunning views across Northumberland and experience tranquillity where the only sound is bird song.


Northumberland is England’s last great wilderness, and will always be an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Because of this, you’ll never be short of things to do in Northumberland - your only worry will be fitting everything in. Whether you’re hurtling through Kielder Forest on a mountain bike or teeing off at one of Northumberland’s many golf courses, you’re sure to find the perfect activity for you.

Mountain biking at Kielder Water & Forest Park


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