The Northumberland National Park begins near the Scottish Border and snakes southward to the earlier border marked by Hadrian's Wall. It passes through several geological zones, each with its own landforms, vegetation and scenery. There are the volcanic rocks of the Cheviot Hills in the north, the fell sandstones of the heather-clad central hills, the limestone of the carboniferous era and the dolerite of the GreatWhin Sill, the crags of which line the Southern boundary. Rocks are carved with secret graffiti of the Stone Age, the Bronze and Iron Ages left burial mounds and hill forts, Roman roads and forts extend far to the north of Hadrian's Wall and castles recall five centuries of border conflict that followed the Norman conquest. Yet the legacy of this remarkable history is one of the most stunningly beautiful regions of Britain. Most of the walks, of between 2 and 8 miles, are suitable for families and groups of friends and follow public rights of way, across high, wild and lonely moorland, where the sky is wide and the loudest sounds are the hiss of wind, the babble of water and the distant calls of skylark, lapwing and curlew. Halsgrove's new-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the area.
Product Code: HAL25
Author: Anthony Toole