Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dominates the southern border of Northumberland National Park. The wall was a defensive fortification built by the Romans under the rule of the Emperor Hadrian between AD 122 and 128.
It is archaeologically significant and new discoveries are being made here all the time. Remarkably, considerable sections of the wall still remain and as a result the site has become the most popular tourist attraction in northern England.
The Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is the only named walk along the entire length of the wall and there are a number of museums and forts on the route detailing the history of this fascinating site. The tranquility and beautiful scenery makes Northumberland National Park a popular destination for many outdoor pursuits.
Over 75% of the Park is designated open access land and there are 1,100 kilometres of public rights of way. Walking, sightseeing, on and off-road cycling and horse-riding are common activities, along with rock climbing and canoeing.