The northernmost county of England, Northumberland stretches in a northerly direction from the outskirts of Newcastle to the Scottish border.
The Cheviot Hills dominate the central and western part of the county and much of this is now the Northumberland National Park. The eastern side is generally lower and flatter, with the Farne Islands and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne lying a short distance off the coast.
There are many ruined castles and defence works in Northumberland, reflecting the Border warfare of the past. Perhaps the most famous is Hadrian’s Wall, completed in 128AD, and running for a distance of 73 miles across the northern part of England, from Wallsend-on-Tyne to the shores of the Solway Firth.
Places of interest
With thanks to the following for the images of Northumberland:
High Street, Rothbury © Richard Webb
Holy Island Causeway © Nicholas Mutton
Berwick-upon-Tweed © Walter Baxter
Bamburgh Castle © George Ford