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Northumberland National Park’s Voluntary Ranger free guided walks

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Walks in Northumberland National Park

Catcleugh from Byrness Hill © NNPA Rob Pettifer

Catcleugh from Byrness Hill © NNPA Rob Pettifer

Northumberland National Park is England’s most tranquil place, and home to dramatic hills, beautiful valleys and an impressive array of flora and fauna. It is also England’s most northerly park and the least populated. The park is in the western part of Northumberland and begins just south of Hadrian’s Wall and stretches to the Scottish Border. Frances Whitehead, Communications Officer with Northumberland National Park will be producing a monthly column for, and in her first piece she writes about the voluntary ranger free guided walks taking place this summer. Find out more about Northumberland National Park by going to

By Frances Whitehead,
Communications Officer
Northumberland National Park 

A series of guided walks has been introduced by Northumberland National Park, offering people a chance to explore the history, landscape and wildlife with this stunning landscape.

These are Voluntary Ranger free guided walks that began earlier in May and continue all the way through until mid-September. The walks are part of our regular summer programme. For quite a few years now each summer we provide free guided walks and talks starting at various locations throughout the National Park. The walks are led by our National Park Voluntary Rangers and follow paths along some of the most beautiful and interesting spaces in National Park.

Hadrian’s Wall walks

They include Hadrian’s Wall in the south up to the wild Cheviot Hills near Wooler in the north. Almost all of the walks start from either a National Park Centre or a car park. To participate, download the PDF at the link below and find the staring point number, then check the map and directions on the map side of the PDF. Every walk is unique, as our Voluntary Rangers – who are rich with knowledge and passion for Northumberland National Park – will be sharing what they find interesting with you.

Examples of walks include exploration around Hadrian’s Wall, which are themed around the stunning and dramatic landscape and geology of the Whin Sill on which the Wall is built. You will hear about the Border Reivers, recycling Roman masonry through the ages and of course the Romans themselves.

Walltown Crags near Hadrian's Wall

Walltown Crags near Hadrian’s Wall

Alternatively, you could select a walk in the North Tyne and Redesdale areas of Northumberland. Here you will be given access to the Black House, a preserved navvy’s family dwelling, to see and hear about what life was like for the people who constructed Catcleugh Reservoir at the turn of the 19th century.

Another option would be to explore the much more remote and beautiful Coquet Valley and the popular Simonside Hills in Central Northumberland. The Barrowburn and Alwinton walks show off some of the best hay meadows in Europe and tell the stories behind evocative place names. Walks from Lordenshaws car park explore 1000s of years of history through mysterious and ancient rock art and the remains of Iron Age hut circles.

Walking near the Scottish Border

You may want to go to the very North of Northumberland National Park which reaches the English-Scottish border. In this part of the world our Voluntary Ranges will guide you through the hills and valleys of the English Cheviots. In addition to our popular walks around the Breamish Valley in North Northumberland, we have added a number of walks in the very north of the National Park promising spectacular views and rich archaeological interest.

Find out more at one of our National Park Centres,

Download the the Voluntary Ranger Free Guided Walks brochure here.

Read more about Northumberland National Park here.

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