Northumberland National Park
The Northumberland National Park lies wholly within Northumberland; a national park covers an area of more than 400 square miles of wild fell country from just south of Hadrian's Wall to the northernmost confines of Northumberland. It is one of the least populated and least visited of the National Parks.
The park covers several distinct areas. In the north are the Cheviots, a range of hills that joins the Pennines to the Southern Uplands. Further south, the hills give way to areas of rolling moorland, some of which have been covered by forestry plantations to form Kielder Forest on the north-western bounds of the county. The southernmost part of the park covers the dramatic central section of Hadrian's Wall.
The 10,000-year history of the region is explored through the many archaeological sites, ranging from prehistoric monuments and Roman remains to Pele towers, constructed as a defence against Border Reivers.
The official symbol adopted by the Northumberland National Park Authority is the curlew.
Otterburn Training Area
The Ministry of Defence owns much of the land in the national park as the Otterburn Training Area. Some areas of this training area are off-limits, but others can be accessed only at certain times or with permission.
The training area accounts for 23% of the Northumberland National Park.
Dark Sky Park status
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about Northumberland National Park)
- Location map: 55°19’1"N, 2°13’1"W
- Homepage for Northumberland National Park Authority
- Homepage for Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team
- "Dark sky status awarded to Northumberland Park area". bbc.co.uk. 2013-12-09. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25260186. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
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