Coast and countryside

Places to visit

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Dark skies

Northumberland's best for star gazing

It's official, Northumberland has some of the best dark skies in the world. The International Dark Skies Association has awarded a patch of Northumberland National Park gold for dark sky status.

Seeing stars

  • The car parks at Housesteads, Steel Rigg and Cawfields along Hadrian's Wall are fantastic places to pull up, jump out and take in the sky above.
  • Castle Field at Lindisfarne Castle, St Aidans's Dunes and the beach at Low Newton by the Sea are fantastic for coastal star gazing in Northumberland.

Other adventures

If you like star gazing, you might like the other activities on our list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - check out what you can do and where in the North East.

Take a walk with us

We think we've got some of the best walking territory in the country up here in the North East. You don't even need to work up a sweat - check out our Easy Walks, a series of short walks on easy ground for all abilities

The Farnes rangers

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to live somewhere as remote as the Farnes, then wonder no longer. Our seasonal island-dwelling rangers keep a blog complete with photos and anecdotes of life on the islands.

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