Northumberland National Park

This page provides information about the Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park covers 20 per cent of the land area of Northumberland County - 405 square miles (105,000 hectares) of hills and valleys, taking in the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, North Tyne and Redesdale, Coquetdale and the Cheviot Hills on the border with Scotland. It is officially the country’s the most tranquil location and is the source of four of its purest rivers.


The National Park is managed by a stand-alone local authority, Northumberland National Park Authority, to which the County Council appoints 6 members. The remainder of the Authority’s 22 members comprise 6 elected parish councillors and 10 members appointed by the Secretary of State of whom 2 must live or work in the Park and two of whom represent wider urban and regional interests.

Northumberland National Park Authority is the planning authority for the Park and is also a regional planning authority. Its Statutory Purposes and Duty for the area are to:

  • conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park,
  • promote opportunities for public understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities
  • foster the social and economic well-being of local communities
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The National Park Authority and County Council work closely on a number of shared and specialist services, including on access and rights of way, jointly hosting the Joint Local Access Forum for the National Park and County area.

For more detailed information visit the National Park’s website