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Best trails in Northumberland National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Northumberland National Park, Northumberland? AllTrails has 56 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 36 moderate trails in Northumberland National Park ranging from 1.5 to 15.7 miles and from 190 to 2,687 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Northumberland National Park covers an area of more than 1,050 square kilometres between the Scottish border in the north to just south of Hadrian's Wall, and is one of the least populated and least visited of the National Parks. The park lies entirely within Northumberland and covers roughly a quarter of the county. In the north are the Cheviot Hills, a range of hills that mark the border between England and Scotland. Further south, the hills give way to areas of rolling moorland, some of which have been covered by forestry plantations to form Kielder Forest. The southernmost part of the park covers the dramatic central section of Hadrian's Wall, dating from the Roman occupation. The 10,000-year history of human habitation of the region is explored through the many archaeological sites, ranging from prehistoric monuments and Roman remains to Pele towers, constructed as a defence against Border Reivers. The park offers visitors a chance to explore these historical sites as well as numerous other opportunities for walking and hiking.

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Map of trails in Northumberland National Park
Park information
Acreage:
259,460 acres
Contact
+44 1434 605555
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Top trails (56)
#1 - Simonside and Dove Crag
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
The Simonside Hills lie within Northumberland National Park on the northern-most edge of Harwood forest and have beckoned walkers for years because of their wild and rugged beauty. The range dominates the skyline forming a dramatic southern backdrop to the middle reaches of the River Coquet. The climb up the hills to the top (at 430m) is rewarded with the whole panorama of the Cheviots to the north and from the top of Simonside itself the whole Northumbrian coastline is revealed.Show more
#2 - Crag Loch and Hadrians Wall Circular Walk
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
A circular walk that allows you to explore Hadrian Wall, Steel Rigg, and Crag Loch. On this walk, you will be able to see the most majestic views of Hadrian's Wall which was built with a similarity to what we have now, a toll booth. The wall prevented people from moving in and out of Roman Britain freely. On the grassland, you will notice different flora like wild chive, thyme, and mountain pansies. You will also see many birds such as plovers, skylarks, and curlews. If you are lucky and doing this walk at dusk, you may even be able to see the bats that inhabit nearby farmhouses and barns! Take a breather at a pub and grab a pint. If that doesn't fit your fancy, there are many stores filled with locally made crafts. Please keep your dogs on leads here especially when encountering wildlife. Note, you will have to navigate through stiles, kissing gates, and footbridges.Show more
#3 - Crag Lough and Vindolanda Fort Trail Loop
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
A round trail along the most beautiful part of Hadrian's Wall. If you want to visit both historic sites on the way - Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda Roman Town - plan a full day.Show more
#4 - Hareshaw Linn Waterfall
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
A walk to visit the enchanting waterfall, Hareshaw Linn, in Northumberland. The walk leaves the village of Bellingham and follows the pretty stream, Hareshaw Burn, up along the gorge through beautiful woodland to reach the impressive waterfall. The walk follows a solid stone and rocky path for the entire length which can just have a little surface mud. The route includes several climbs and descents and there are several flights of steps, a couple of gates and some footbridges to negotiate. The path can be slippery in part and the gorge sides slope steeply away down to the stream so take particular care with children and dogs. Dogs are welcome on the path to the waterfall, as long as they are under close control. The car park has an electric car charging point and rubbish bins but no other facilities. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours (longer if you spend more time admiring the burn and falls). Show more
#5 - Crag Lough and Housesteads Roman Fort Loop
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Enjoy this picturesque circular walk around Crag Lough. Travel back in time to the Roman Empire as you see the Housesteads Roman Fort. This is part of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. Show more
#6 - Hadrian's Wall: Steel Rigg to Lanercost
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 7 h 31 m
This is the fourth segment of the Hadrian's Wall Path. To see the full trail, search Hadrian's Wall Path on AllTrails. It is recommend that you plan your accommodation along the trail ahead of time. You can find hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, glamping, cottages, and pubs. Show more
#7 - Simonside Hills Walk
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
This circular walk takes you to the fell sandstones in Simonside Hills that were created hundred of years ago. Simonside Hills is an important to the Bronze Age and contains years of history. Additionally, you will be able to see wildflowers and plants such as butterwort, cranberry, and heath. Make sure to look up from time to time to see the different bird species. On this walk, you will see Dove Crag, Old Stell Crag, and Little Church Rock. The path can sometimes be rough and muddy, please wear appropriate footwear. Please note that you will have to navigate through kissing gate, stiles, or fences. Show more
#8 - Linhope Spout
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
On the Linhope Spout walk, you will get majestic views of the waterfall and be able to see many wildlife species such as the famous red squirrel. If you look carefully you may even be able to spot a curlew, usually around the month of April. If you want a bite to eat, stop by the nearby pubs for a pint and some delicious food. If you want directions or want to check out the stores, head towards the National Park Centre. Note, some sections of this route is on private property however land owners do allow you to traverse on their land. Please be respectful and please keep your dogs on leads. Show more
#9 - Circular Cairn Hill - The Cheviot - Scald Hill
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
It is recommended that you wear waterproof and high boots for this route. There is a parking lot where you leave the car and then you follow the road walking till it ends right after passing a cottage. Follow the trail that goes all by the side of the Harthope Burn. Right after passing the Harthope Burn spring the hard climb to the top of Cairn Hill starts. Once there everything gets easier and the paths are in better conditions. Do not attempt to complete this route under bad weather conditions, in winter and with short days. The hike takes 6-7 hours to complete.Show more
#10 - Little Church Rock, Criss Cross Rock and Simonside
Northumberland National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
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