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Reviewed on 13 Oct 2018
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Reviewed on 13 Jun 2019
Northumberland is a great place for a sporting or adventure holiday, whether your idea of a top day out means a spot of coasteering, scaling a rock face, hopping on a mountain bike, or hiking. Many of the sporting and outdoor pursuits in the county are on offer in Northumberland National Park, a region that covers over 400 square miles and encompasses some stunning natural landscapes, such as College Valley and the Cheviot Hills. Whilst the region is famous for its history, if you prefer the idea of a climbing wall to Hadrian's Wall you're bound to find lots of outdoor and sporting experiences to enjoy, and all sorts of great Northumberland adventure sport hotels to suit your taste and budget.
Northumberland is the northernmost county in England, right on the border with Scotland. The region is famous for its stunning natural landscapes, which are as diverse as they are magnificent. The Northumberland Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the protected Northumberland National Park covers around a quarter of the county, including Hadrian's Wall. This diverse landscape is perfect for outdoor pursuits and sports, making Northumberland a great place for an adventurous family holiday. For example, around Kielder Water, the largest artificial lake in the country, and the surrounding parkland you'll find lots of great activities, including mountain biking, hiking trails, abseiling and mountain climbing. The rugged Northumberland coastline is perfect for activities like coasteering - as long as you don't mind getting a bit wet!
There are lots of hotels and guesthouses in Northumberland that are ideal for sporting or adventure holidays, whether you're looking for something small and intimate like a charming bed and breakfast or something larger like a magnificent country house. If golf is your sport of choice, you might consider a stay at the four-star Slaley Hall which boasts the Stocksfield Golf Club. If you're planning an adventurous exploration of the Northumberland coast, you'll find lots of accommodation ideally placed, including the White Swan hotel, a 300-year-old former coaching inn located in the historic market town of Alnwick.