The North of England has some of the most serene and scenic landscapes in the country and boasts some of the most famous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Most of the rural North was bypassed during the industrial revolution and mass urban migration lead to the countryside being left open for Mother Nature to reclaim. Not since the times of the Romans or even earlier have most of the Northern landscapes been touched by urbanisation and the rich history left by these processes make the area ever more interesting to visit.
To make the most of your time in the North of England and really soak in your surroundings why not take a stroll on one of the famous walk routes, where you will find various articles of historic interest and cultural significance. To heighten your emersion into nature, instead of finding a hotel, consider one of the area’s camping sites. Searching online at sites such as Pitch-up can give you a real feel for what options are out there!
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
Northumbria has some of the most amazing coastline in the country, steeped in history that goes back as far as the Vikings! The Dunstanburgh Castle walk leads you through farmland tracks and winding country lanes. Views include: Dunstanburgh castle itself, the legendary Bamburgh Castle, sandy beaches and amazing countryside. The relatively unchallenging route takes you from the small fishing port of Craster along scenic coastline and cliffs. This walk is a great start for inexperienced walkers looking for a good view.
Holy Island, Northumberland
Holy Island, part of Lindisfarne, is a centre for pilgrimage for Christians and the place where Christianity was said to have been born in this country. Gaining access to the island is dependent on a tidal causeway leading from the mainland. The signposted walk circles the ancient island, leading you around the breath taking scenery, not only of the island itself but of the Northumbrian coastline where the Farne Islands and Bamburgh castle can be spotted. Take your time on this easy walk and make the most of the history that can be found on this famous island.
High Force and Upper Teesdale Walk ANOB
This walk takes you on a remote route through the Pennines and as is the nature of the landscape, it’s a little more challenging but should be managed quite easily by any eager walker. The route along the Tess introduces you to some stunning wildlife and picturesque waterfalls. There are differing terrains to contend with along this walk, from lush woodland to barren hillsides. Starting at Bowlees Nature Reserve this really is a stunning part of the country and as part of an AONB you will not be disappointed!