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Go north, where the air is clear

England's northernmost national park covers some 400 square miles from the Scottish border to the land south of Hadrian's Wall, and boasts arguably England's cleanest rivers, clearest air and most dramatic skies. The hiking and cycling opportunities throughout the park are endless, and the Wall itself - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - allows a fascinating glimpse into the country's Roman past.

Step back in time

The park is littered with historic sites, from ruined castles and hill forts to Roman remains. Particularly recommended is The Black House at Catcleugh Reservoir, a Victorian timber cabin which also offers excellent walking Nearby, and Lady's Well pool Near Holystone, where Saint Ninian is said to have baptised many early Christians in Anglo Saxon times. Both are free to visit.

Immerse yourself in nature

The western portion of the National Park is designated the Kielderhead National Nature Reserve, a vast expanse of heathland where hen harriers, osprey and waders abound. Perfect for birders, or just those who like the great outdoors.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Northumberland National Park? Travelodge Newcastle Seaton Burn Hotel, Travelodge Newcastle Airport Hotel and Travelodge Gateshead Hotel, all to the south-east, are ideal jumping-off points to experience the park.