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Northumber­land 250 ‘Famous for having some of the darkest skies in Europe’


Distance 250 miles Duration Four to seven days Start – finish Circular Best time to visit May to September northumber­

This unique driving route has been split into sections, each with their own special appeal.

Country Corbridge to Alnwick

Between peaceful stretches of road that are surrounded by splendid countrysid­e, some of Northumber­land’s most spectacula­r heritage sites are found on this leg of the route.

Visitors can discover the Roman ruins of Hadrian’s Wall in Corbridge, or go ghost hunting on the medieval Chillingha­m Estate.

Coast Alnwick to Berwick-upon-tweed

Tracing the region’s uniquely captivatin­g shoreline, this section meanders through the Northumber­land Coast AONB.

While you’re here, make sure you sample the local seafood specialiti­es in Craster, and explore the castles of Alnwick and Dunstanbur­gh.

Borderland­s Berwick-upon-tweed to Carter Bar

Make the most of the county’s neighbour to the north – the Scottish Borders. Winding through wilderness, this beautiful route is littered with fascinatin­g sites, such as the Bronze Age stone circle of Duddo. It culminates on the edge of Northumber­land National Park.

Dark Skies Carter Bar to Derwent Reservoir

The longest leg at 102 miles, this stretch is famed for having some of the darkest skies in Europe. It rambles through the heart of the National Park and into the North Pennines AONB, among rolling hills, ancient woods and pretty villages.

Stay at…

• Bellingham C&CC Site www.campingand caravannin­

• Beadnell Bay Caravan Park beadnellba­ycaravanpa­ DID YOU KNOW? If you’re seeking solitude, you are bound to find it in Northumber­land – it has the lowest population density of any English county

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