Fortified houses and friendly villages that speckle the rugged interior are in places the only trace of man in the boundaries of the huge national park here.
As evidence of its violent history between the English and Scots, Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England, as well as some of the best unspoilt beaches and countryside.
To the west is Kielder Water, an astoundingly huge yet secluded lake, with land on all sides enveloped by forest. The most strikingly evocative part of Hadrian’s Wall slices through the south.
If cycling is more your thing Northumberland boasts several long distance cycling trails, coastal flatlands and rolling hills and with so many places to visit, why not give the legs a break and try some tasty local food from one of the great pubs in the region.