The Wall was a massive engineering feat, stretching 80 (Roman) miles from sea to sea and, in places, reaching 6m in height. In addition to stone there were ditches and military installations such as milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts. It took 3 Legions (roughly 15,000 men) only 6 years to build it all.
Here you can experience breathtaking landscapes, fascinating Roman history, walking and cycling opportunities aplenty and abundant nature and wildlife.
Northumberland National Park
We’re right on the doorstep of Northumberland National Park, home of the Kielder Water & Forest Park.
If the largest working Forest in England and the largest man-made lake in Europe aren’t enough to tempt you, we’re especially excited about having the Dark Sky Park as well – the largest area of protected dark sky in Europe. This is the first of its kind in England and the fourth largest in the world, meaning you have some of the best views of the night sky in the world – fully protected from light pollution.
Hexham Racecourse is now Northumberland’s only racecourse. Perched on Yarridge Heights high above the historic market town, Hexham Racecourse has been the home of National Hunt racing in Northumberland for well over a century. The site’s natural amphitheatre of sloping grass below the stands provides superb viewing.
Hexham’s Farmers’ Market takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, between 9am and 1.30pm.
You’ll find a wide range of delicious locally produced foods and friendly service by the knowledgeable producers themselves.
There are many historical treasures to explore within the Abbey, including unique features including the 7th century Crypt, Bishop’s Chair, Night Stair and Dark Age Cross. There is also an interactive exhibition called ‘The Big Story’, all about the exciting 1300 year history. A bustling courtyard café and gift shop are also onsite.
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Northumberland, NE46 1PS