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Northumberland

England's northeastern border country is an evocative land of mighty castles and majestic coast, backed by a rolling National Park landscape and the darkest skies in the north. History comes with a capital H in Northumberland, as some of the famous sights in the UK are concentrated in the 60-odd miles between Newcastle upon Tyne and the border town of Berwick upon Tweed. Roman soldiers once patrolled the frontier of their empire and left stunning Hadrian's Wall as a reminder of their power. The Vikings later plundered Holy Island – or Lindisfarne – while the Normans constructed formidable fortresses to consolidate their power in these northern lands, from Warkworth to Dunstanburgh. Later lords farmed vast estates, mined coal and built stupendous mansions which still dot the landscape. 

If that sounds like a lot of stuff to see, there's also a great deal of solitude to be had in this most sparsely populated part of England. The coastline is justly famous, comprising a lengthy string of duned sand beaches, picture-perfect harbours and traditional fishing villages – it's Cornwall without the crowds, where it's easy to find your own piece of beach heaven. Inland, and north of Hadrian's Wall, spreads the farmland, moors and forests of Northumberland National Park, with the reservoir, watersports and mountain-biking at Kielder an obvious draw. There are wild hills, wild views, even wild cattle – un-tamed England at its best. A word to the wise: it's Northumberland (the modern-day county in northeastern England) not Northumbria (the ancient kingdom that once held sway over much of the north), though the locals will probably forgive you for suggesting that they still inhabit a special place of myth and power.

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Northumberland

England's northeastern border country
is an evocative land of mighty castles
and majestic coast
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