THE NLAND250

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A STUNNING NORTHUMBRIAN ROAD TRIP

 

The Northumberland 250 is an epic road trip route that takes travellers on a scenic journey through the stunning landscapes and historical wonders of the multi award winning Northumberland and there’s no better way to experience your overland adventure than in one of our Land Rover Defender Campers.

 This 250-mile (approximately 400 km) route showcases the best of the region, from picture perfect coastlines to charming countryside with Dark Skies, some of it’s villages are the oldest in the country dating back to as early AD547 and is perfect for those seeking a mix of natural beauty, world famous historical sites and some of the best castles in Europe along with authentic British culture. Pay particular attention to the coastline which has won many awards and has featured in Lonely Planets ‘Epic Drives of the World’! 

On average, it takes around 5 to 7 days to complete the route comfortably by car, allowing for ample time to explore the attractions, enjoy the scenery, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Northumberland. For more information on how to travel the NLand250 in style read our blog on the best way to travel Northumberland…

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Our Highlights of the Northumberland 250

Alnwick Castle & Gardens

Begin your journey in the medieval town of Alnwick, home to Alnwick Castle, a majestic fortress and the ancestral seat of the Duke of Northumberland. Fans of the Harry Potter films will recognize the castle as Hogwarts in the early movies. Alnwick Garden beckons with its secret gardens, majestic cascades, and the world’s largest treehouse. Stroll through this living fairy-tale, and be enchanted by the symphony of colours and scents, a paradise in bloom.

The Gardens has recently added Lillidorei, , the world’s largest play structure. Hidden in a forest, Lilidorei is a magical village of nine clans who joyously worship Christmas. Ruled by Lord Elfwin, they revel in merriment and play within the grand Elfwin Drin. Laughter, music, and twinkling lights fill this enchanting Yuletide wonderland.

Bamburgh Castle

A majestic fortress in Northumberland, UK, sits dramatically on a rocky outcrop overlooking the North Sea. Steeped in history, it is one of the most iconic and well-preserved castles in England. With its imposing structure and scenic coastal setting, Bamburgh Castle offers visitors a glimpse into the past and a stunning backdrop for exploring its rich heritage and breathtaking views. Bamburgh village has just been voted the best seaside village in Britain for the 3rd year in a row.

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

A historic and picturesque tidal island off the Northumberland coast in England. It is renowned for its medieval monastery, Lindisfarne Priory, dating back to the 7th century and the Lindisfarne Gospels. Accessible by a causeway during low tide, the island captivates visitors with its natural beauty, coastal views, and spiritual aura, making it a cherished destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Video.

Lindisfarne Castle

Located on Holy Island by crossing the causeway, captivates with its fairytale-like charm. Perched on a conical mound of Whin Sill Rock, it rises dramatically from the North Sea. From the upper battery, visitors enjoy stunning views of the picturesque harbour, the tranquil village, and the imposing Cheviot Hills in the distance.

The Farne Islands

Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, a group of rugged islands that are home to thousands of seabirds including puffins and a colony of friendly grey seals as well a seeing dolphins and sometimes even Orca’s. The wildlife encounters here are truly unforgettable.

Northumberland National Park 

Drive through the scenic landscapes of Northumberland National Park, England’s most northerly national park. It offers rolling hills, vast moorlands, and dark skies perfect for stargazing. Link to video.

Hadrian’s Wall

Experience history as you visit Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Romans in the AD 122, this ancient fortification stretches approximately 73 miles (117 kilometers) across England, from the east to the west coast, to mark the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire in Britain offering breathtaking views and fascinating historical insights.

Kielder Water & Forest Park

Immerse yourself in the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe, Kielder Water. The surrounding forest offers excellent hiking, cycling including an amazing mountain bike area, and water sports opportunities. It’s also home to the Kielder Dark Skies Observatory. The 12 mile Kielder Forest Drive is perfect for our Defender Campers.

Overland Adventures Holy Island Causeway
Duddo Stones

Located atop a hillside near the rural village of Duddo, there is a 4000-year old Bronze Age stone circle. These stones, standing between 5 and 10 feet tall, date back to around 2000BC. Access to the stone circle is permitted by Duddo Farm, with clear signposts from the village guiding the way, and the journey takes approximately half an hour. The purpose of these stones still remains a mystery.

Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory is a stargazing facility in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, UK. Located in a Dark Sky Park, it offers public events with telescopes for observing celestial wonders and engaging with astronomers, providing a unique and immersive stargazing experience.

Blanchland

Nestled in the rugged Northern Pennine landscape, Blanchland with its elegant Abbey is an enchanting village that transports visitors back in time. At the multi award winning cosy Lord Crewe Arms, you can bask in the warmth of open fires. Blanchland serves as the perfect starting point for a scenic drive through the remote and stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering an unforgettable journey amidst nature’s splendor.

For more of a personal experience read our very own NLand250 Overland Adventure on our own best spots to camp and things to see that aren’t as often mentioned.

WHERE TO STAY

Northumberland offers a wide range of accommodation options, from cozy B&Bs and country inns to award winning luxury hotels and self-catering cottages. Some notable places to consider for accommodation are Alnwick, Morpeth, Warkworth, Hexham, Corbridge, Blanchland & Bamburgh.

PLACES TO CAMP

Northumberland’s charm as a camping destination lies in its diverse and captivating landscapes, its rich historical heritage, the sense of tranquility offered by its remote locations, and its commitment to preserving nature. Whether one seeks coastal serenity, rural splendor, wildcamping in one of Europes largest dark sky parks or a journey through history, Northumberland’s varied and beautiful campsites provide an ideal setting for unforgettable camping experiences. Hiring one of Land Rover Defenders to discover, wild camp and explore is a must.

ATTRACTIONS

Apart from the highlights mentioned above, other popular attractions include Cragside, a Victorian mansion with beautiful gardens and the first house in the world to be powered by hydroelectricity; Warkworth Castle, a medieval fortress with panoramic views of the River Coquet; and The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting sandy beaches, impressive dunes, and charming fishing villages.

Northumberland boasts some of England’s most pristine and unspoiled beaches. See our pics below for some of the more popular spots:

BAMBURGH BEACH: With the iconic Bamburgh Castle as a backdrop, this sandy beach offers stunning views and is perfect for walks, picnics, and water sports.

BEADNELL BAY: This family-friendly beach boasts golden sands, dunes, and clear waters, making it ideal for swimming, windsurfing, and sunbathing.

EMBLETON BAY: Known for its sweeping sandy shore, Embleton Bay offers a tranquil setting, perfect for leisurely walks and relaxation.

DRURIDGE BAY: A vast and unspoiled beach with dunes and freshwater lakes, Druridge Bay is a haven for wildlife and popular for birdwatching.

ALNMOUTH BEACH: This charming beach offers a mix of sandy stretches and rocky areas, making it ideal for exploring and enjoying coastal views.

Please note that beach conditions and popularity can change over time, so it’s recommended to check for the latest information before planning a visit.

Majestic Northumberland highlights Overland Adventure’s very own top beaches that we’ve been visiting for years, some of which are a little more well know to the locals and a little quieter and just a bit better!!!

In conclusion, the Northumberland 250 is an unforgettable road trip that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, historical landmarks, and authentic English charm. From castles and coastline to national parks and wildlife encounters, this route promises an enriching and memorable experience for travellers seeking to discover the hidden gems of this TRULEY MAJESTIC UNSPOILT AND SECRET KINGDOM that is Northumberland.

Hadrian's Wall
Simonside Hills Coquetdale
Dunstanburgh Castle from Newton by the Sea
Cragside House Northumberland

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