Hidden Adventure Holiday Gems in Northumberland
Northumberland is the perfect place to get away from it all, with huge expanses of wild scenery, beautiful remote beaches and all kinds of incredible attractions off the beaten path. So it almost goes without saying that there are all kinds of hidden holiday gems to enjoy and all kinds of ways to explore them.
Here’s a selection of amazing, lesser-known activity holidays in Northumberland to enjoy.
Not all Northumberland activities need you to move to lose your breath; its Northumberland International Dark Sky Park allows you to sit out and enjoy the clearest skies and brightest stars. Northumberland’s night skies are a beautiful work of art and sitting out under them is an amazing activity.
Visit Kielder Observatory for the best views. With a year-round programme of events, there are all kinds of ways to enjoy the heavens. And what’s more, star-gazing in the open air is absolutely free.
The Northumberland coast is not just a beautiful wild, windswept wonder, it also boasts a rich history that is a delight to explore. Rumbling Kern is just one such location. Once a site for smugglers, this sheltered cove is now a coasteering location, so you can climb, jump, cave and swim around the waters.
Adventure Northumberland offers coasteering between March and the end of October. All equipment is provided and sessions last for 3 hours.
Northumberland might not be your first choice for a UK surfing holiday, but with beautiful sands, wonderful waves and no crowds, there are few better places to ride the waves. Bamburgh Beach offers one of the best places for surfing; its swell is aided by the nearby Farne Islands, so there are consistently good conditions.
Surf hire and lessons are available, so novices will be able to find their feet in no time. And with the beautiful castle providing a stunning backdrop, there are few more scenic settings.
It may not be you taking to the skies, but there are few sights more magnificent than seeing birds of prey in flight, and at Falconry Days in Hexham, it’s you that gets to fly them. There are meeting, handling and flying sessions for owls, hawks, falcons and buzzards available along with family days and more.
This is one of the more refined activities to enjoy on a Northumberland break and Hexham is a perfect place to visit afterwards. Enjoy book shops, cafes and plenty of relaxing pursuits in a lovely market town setting.
Extreme Aerial Adventures
This is the big one; the Kielder ZipCoaster is Europe’s 1st AvatarOne zip-line ride with dips, twists and speeds of up to 20 mph. With a 270-degree bend and zero gravity drop, only the bravest need apply! Calvert Kielder is the location for this extreme activity. With high ropes, climbing walls, canoeing, kayaking and much more to enjoy, there are few better places to get your pulse racing.
Landal Kielder Waterside is just a short distance away, and there’s nowhere better to get a firm footing after you’ve soared high up over the gorgeous Northumberland countryside. Take a dip in your private hot tub or unwind in your lodge, it’s the perfect antidote to extreme adventures.