Northumberland, England’s most northerly county, is peppered with castles that collectively stand as a legacy of the region’s dramatic history. A far more ancient monument, Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Roman Army, snakes across hilltops and through the rugged landscape of Northumberland National Park. For fans of the outdoors they are just some of the reasons why this is popular walking country.
Yet it’s a landscape that’s all too often overlooked by visitors to Britain. Rather than Hadrian’s Wall, it’s often Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, that travellers tend to prioritise if they have time to see just one ancient monument. For scenic countryside, it’s the Highlands of Scotland or hills of the Lake District that tourists often favour. Northumberland is all too often bypassed purely because of its geographic location.