Northumberland Traveller

Since leaving Malaysia almost a year ago I have been living in Northumberland, a scenic and historic county in the far northeast of England. During this year I have been doing lots of walks and exploring the county’s many attractions but I have not had the time or inclination to do much blogging.

Until now.

Seeing as we are all in Covid-19 lockdown, it seems a good opportunity to write up my travels in Northumberland. If you are running low on reading material you can take a look and get some ideas for places to visit once this coronavirus plague is behind us (please don’t visit now!)

What’s So Great About Northumberland?

It’s Spacious. It’s the least crowded county in England. Northumberland is big with an area around 5,014 sq. km (the 6th biggest) while its population is low, only 319,000 in 2018, meaning a population density of just 63 people per sq. km. Less people means less traffic on the roads, less stress, less pollution, etc.

It’s Scenic. Northumberland is geographically diverse with the Northumberland National Park taking up over a fifth of the county, a long and spectacular coastline, large forests, lakes, rolling farmland, majestic rivers and the windswept Cheviot Hills. And Northumberland has a great location surrounded by scenic places such as the Lake District in Cumbria, the North York Moors, County Durham, and the Borders of Scotland.

It’s Historic. There are a lot of historical remains here ranging from Hadrian’s Wall, castles and peles to mining and industrial sites. The City of Newcastle upon Tyne (once part of Northumberland but now administered as part of Tyne and Wear) is a wonderful city, packed full of historical places of interest and heritage sites.

It’s Friendly. The people of Northumberland are welcoming, hardy, salt-of-the-earth types, with the most attractive of all the northern English accents.

What Will I Be Blogging About?

Here are some of the walks and sights that I have covered and might write about depending on how long I’m confined to my house:

Long Distance Walks such as:

City Trails & Art Trails:

  • Lowry Trail
  • Bewick Trail
  • John Martin Trail
  • Norman Cornish Trail
  • Newcastle City Trail

Other Walks:

  • Derwent Reservoir Walk

Castles

Roman Sites

  • Corbridge Roman Town
  • Chesters Roman Fort
  • Housesteads Roman Fort

Museums

  • Laing Art Gallery
  • The Clayton Museum
  • Wylam Railway Museum
  • Stephenson Railway Museum
  • North East Land Sea & Air Museum
  • Bowes Railway Museum
  • Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House and Museum
  • Woodhorn Museum

Historical Homes and Gardens

Churches and Abbeys

Lighthouses

  • Souter Lighthouse
  • St Mary’s Lighthouse
  • Tynemouth Pier Lighthouse

Monuments & Statues

Railway Related Sites

Other Attractions

Attractions in Neighbouring Counties

That’s a lot of writing so I’d better get started.