Northumberland National Park ready for week of adventure

Bush craft in the Northumberland National Park.
Bush craft in the Northumberland National Park.

Northumberland National Park is all set to host National Parks Week which runs from next Monday to Sunday.

The theme for this year’s week is adventure, encouraging individuals and families to get involved in a full programme of inspiring activities and imaginative events throughout the Park.

There is something for everyone, from young children to those seeking serious adventure.

On Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, Walltown Country Park will be transformed into a giant adventure playground with activities for all ages to enjoy including archery, bush craft, a zip line, climbing wall, animals, games, pizza-making, solar gazing and falconry.

Also at Walltown is the Mansio, a contemporary structure celebrating new work from writers, artists and thinkers.

On Wednesday, July 27, visitors can meet art and architecture curator Peter Sharpe and hear the story behind the mobile teahouse and reading room inspired by the original Roman mansios.

For keen walkers, highlights of the week include an on-foot wildlife safari in Wooler with a Northumberland National Park ranger and Whisky, Waterfalls, Drovers and Dark Deeds – a circular walk starting in the Upper Coquet Valley.

On Sunday, July 31, visitors can take part in a guided walk, Over the Border in the Footsteps of the Legions, which follows the Pennine Way through Chew Green fort, across Coquet Head then swings over Whiteside Hill to Nether Hindhope.

Visitors looking for cultural activities can enjoy storytelling and try their hand at creative writing in the heart of the Northumberland National Park.

For more information about the events, visit www.northumberlandnational park.org.uk/events/
Tony Gates, chief executive of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Every summer the UK’s annual National Parks Week celebrates some of our most stunning and treasured landscapes. It highlights the importance of our National Parks and presents the perfect opportunity to encourage more people to get out there and explore.

“We have a huge range of wonderful activities planned during National Parks Week that showcase all that is special about our countryside. The choice we have on offer in our National Park is unique. Whatever you’re looking for – whether flora, fauna, countryside activities, history and culture, or simply just somewhere to escape from it all – we have it in abundance.”