Northumberland Country Parks, visitor centres and coastal sites
The Council owns and manages a number of popular countryside recreation sites, local nature reserves and coastal sites throughout the county.
The Council owns and manages a number of
popular countryside recreation sites throughout the county.
The Council also owns and manages a number of
smaller countryside sites, picnic areas, and Local Nature Reserves
as well as a number of woodlands on reclaimed pit land around south
The country parks vary greatly in their
size and character, and include open coast, valley woodlands,
lakes, grassland and plantation woodland. Each site provides
for the recreational needs of local communities as well as drawing
visitors from across the County and from farther a field.
The smaller countryside sites are also varied
in their form and purpose. Several sites mark and interpret the
locations of historic Northumberland battles and others offer
managed parking and access to coastal beauty spots or roadside
picnic sites and viewpoints.
The Council also owns and manages a major
section of the former railway line between Alston and Haltwhistle.
Now known as the South Tyne Trail, this provides a multi-use
recreational route (for walkers, riders and cyclists) through some
of the finest North Pennine scenery.
Country Park Parking Permit
You can purchase an annual parking permit to park your car
at the Council's country parks without needing purchase a daily
ticket. For more information on country park parking permits
Designating Local Nature Reserves
All district and county councils have powers to acquire, declare
and manage LNRs. To qualify for LNR status, a site must be of
importance for wildlife, geology, education or public enjoyment.
Some are also nationally important Sites of Special Scientific
LNRs must be controlled by the local authority through
ownership, lease or agreement with the owner. The main aim must be
to care for the natural features which make the site special.
Local Nature Reserves in Northumberland
Northumberland the following sites have been declared as Local
Nature Reserves. To find out where they are and for more
information about the reserves including
links to location maps click here, or click on the individual
sites listed below.
Other Countryside services