Northumberland is located in the northeast of England and is a county brimming with golden beaches and rolling green hills and natural areas. The county is also famous for having more castles than any other area of England. Northumberland is the romantic area of England that time forgot; you can almost see knights in their shining armor cantering over the hills towards the lords’ castles. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the Northumberland National Park which stretches 60 miles from the Cheviot Hills on the Scottish border to Hadrian’s Wall in the south. The national park is a haven for birdwatchers and also contains good hiking trails particularly along the Kielder Water. Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is encompassed by the North Pennines, luxurious landscapes that are covered in purple heather.
The Ford and Etal estates in Northumberland are charming little areas that have castles and even a thatched roof pub. Tourist attractions include: Etal Castle, Lady Waterford Hall, Flodden Battlefield, Heatherslaw Corn Mill, and Heatherslaw Light Railway. This is the perfect romantic getaway spot to pack a picnic and head out into the lush natural landscape. Northumberland has a distinguished maritime history and as a result has some of the best seafood available in England; the region also produces some good organic fare, which can be found in the towns’ farmers markets.