What not to miss in Newcastle, Gateshead and Tyneside

The culture hub of the North East offers a wealth of attractions.

Kielder Water and Forest

Kielder is one of the most isolated corners of England with the clearest night skies; yet it doesn’t feel like England at all. Gemma Hall, author of Slow Travel Northumberland England’s largest forest, covering 230 square miles of remote, upland terrain, is one of the most isolated corners of England with the clearest night skies;…

A hiker’s paradise: 5 of the best Northumberland walks

When it comes to walks, Northumberland has almost too much on offer.

Not-so-obvious Northumberland

Discover the county’s lesser-known treasures.

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Hadrian’s Wall

It was, say English Heritage, a kind of Berlin Wall, and controlled the north–south flow of human traffic for some 250 years until the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 5th century. Gemma Hall, author of Slow Travel Northumberland When built 2,000 years ago Hadrian’s Wall stood ten feet high; today half its height…

Lindisfarne Island and National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne as a whole appears as a long grey-green streak across a glistening expanse of sea, saltmarshes and sandflats. Gemma Hall, author of Slow Travel Northumberland Lindisfarne Castle seemingly rises out of the sea off the coast of north Northumberland, but from the causeway that connects the island to the mainland at low tide it…

Alnwick

Alnwick is one of the most vibrant and historically interesting market towns in Northumberland. Gemma Hall, author of Slow Travel Northumberland ‘Alnwick is ever under the spell of the dreamy past’, a late 19th-century visitor to the town observed. Today, you might also say it is under the spell of Harry Potter, whose fans flock…

Food and drink in Northumberland

Visitors to the region will be struck by how many restaurants, pubs and food stores have got behind the organic and local food revival. Many menus in good restaurants and cafés state the provenance of ingredients as standard practice; pubs serving regional ales are now too numerous to list; and I found plenty of B&B…

Farne Islands National Nature Reserve

From the moment you step ashore, you’ll see puffins crash-landing with beaks stuffed full of sand eels, terns wheeling in the sky or spearing fish from the sea. Gemma Hall, author of Slow Travel Northumberland ‘A boat may be secured for fifteen shillings. In addition to this charge, the boatmen expect to be provided with…