That crag: it’s yours to climb. That sweeping moorland, that sparkling river, that tranquil forest, those starry dark skies – they belong to you and to all of us. They are ours to explore. National Parks Week, from 29 July to 4 August, is the annual celebration of the 15 UK National Parks and it’s focused on giving everyone, especially young people, the chance to experience the buzz of being active in our most spectacular countryside.
Lots of Free Activities across the National Park
Northumberland National Park has events all week to welcome in the school holidays. Some are completely FREE, like the bushcraft and geocaching trails at Simonside on 29th July being run by our team from The Sill Landscape & Discovery Centre project, and the challenging guided hikes in the Cheviots and along Hadrian’s Wall with our Voluntary Rangers – including a brand new 10-mile yomp through the College Valley on 31st July.
Giant Play Park at Walltown – See the Countryside from Above and Upside Down – 1-3 August
For people of all ages who love new experiences – there is something amazing happening at the National Park’s leisure and picnic area at Walltown near Haltwhistle, located in the naturalised bowl of an old quarry that sits right on the line of Hadrian’s Wall, next door to the Roman Army Museum. From 1st to 3rd August, National Park rangers are organising a giant play park with a wide range of exhilarating activities to show off the countryside from a different angle – especially from above and below!
Walltown things to do for £5 a go
This is a place with high crags, perfect for getting a fresh perspective on the countryside. A great zipwire is being stretched from on high right across the lake; Zorb water rolling will provide a whole new angle on traditional pond-dipping, and for the first time ever, there will be rock-climbing up the crags overlooking the bowl. All these activities are just £5 each.
Walltown things to do for £3 a go
People with no head for the heady can test their spacial awareness and balance with archery, circus skills with unicycle and equipment and Frisbee advanced skills for £3 each.
Walltown things to do for FREE
Ideal for young discoverers or to cool down after all that activity are a range of free trails and bushcrafts. Forest school, history detective geocaching, nature trails and orienteering are all available for free.
There will be lots fun for everyone in a fabulous setting with picnic spots, refreshments on site and history all around. Full details are on www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/eventhighlights and www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/national-parks-week-actively-yours-02
Please note there is a parking charge of £4.
City Youngsters help out
Mosaic Young Champions – pioneers amongst their peers from Newcastle, will be at the Walltown Discovery Adventures during National Parks Week to celebrate the start of the Campaign for National Parks’ new Mosaic project for 16-25 year olds. They will try out all the different activities on offer and then help out with running the activities. For these young folk it’s an opportunity learn more about the countryside and their local National Park, and gain a little experience of the recreation industry at first hand.