The highest concentration of Roman forts and museums can be found in the area between Chollerford and Gilsland, which lies within the natural beauty of the Northumberland National Park. Here you can see a multi award-winning fort, Vindolanda, and the best preserved Roman Cavalry Fort in Britain, Chesters, as well as some of the best preserved sections of the wall. Segedunum Roman Fort and Bath House are also worth a visit with its interactive visitor centre.
‘Hadrian’s Wall Country’ offer visitors’ dramatic highlands, rolling countryside and sleepy villages; stunning and varied scenery for walkers and cyclists alike. The Hadrian’s Wall National Trial for walkers provides access to some of the best preserved sections of the wall and many of the shorter walks take in a pub or tearoom so you can have that well deserved break for a good pub lunch!
Alternatively if you get on your bike you can now follow the Hadrian’s Wall Cycleway - a 150 mile coast-to-coast route which passes Hadrian’s Wall and numerous Roman sites, forts and museums.
There is a wide range of shops, including a large number of antique shops selling everything from furniture and jewellery to books and prints.
Set on a high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle takes its name from its 12th century founder, Bernard de Balliol. With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge this fortress sits on the fringe of the attractive working market town of the same name.
Enjoy a beer in the highest pub in Great Britain. It is in the heart of real Walking Country and is on the Pennine Way, Britain's first long distance footpath, plus the popular Coast to Coast Walk.
The scenery in the Richmond area is outstanding, particularly upstream of the town. Good fly fishing for brown trout and grayling
Built in 1092, Carlisle Castle is situated on the edge of the city centre with the River Eden running alongside. It is home to the famous ruins of Queen Mary’s Tower.
Hadrian’s Wall is the main attraction in this beautiful area in the north of Cumbria, which is home to more than half of the wall.
This tarn is situated close to Brampton, surrounded by beautiful woodland and farmland, a perfect place to take a leisurely walk with wonderful views of the Pennine fells.
A day out at Tullie House in Carlisle is a great day out suitable for all ages. This grade I listed building with a contemporary extension is full of history.
This ancient house surrounded by medieval forest is a secret gem to visit during the summer, with this private residence containing collections of furniture, art and tapestry.
Lowther Castle is situated near Penrith, on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park. The castle ruins are scattered around the 130 acres of rural gardens.
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