Hexham – Your Gateway to Northumberland National Park
The historic town of Hexham is located 25 miles away from Newcastle and overlooks the Tyne Valley. Located on A69 between Newcastle upon Tyne to the East and Carlisle to the West, this attractive old town aside the River Tyne is an excellent location in the middle of Hadrain’s Wall just beckoning the modern day explorer to come visit to take in all of the breathtaking scenery that Northumberland National Park has to offer. With old houses along the market square in this small town of just over 11,000, some of the main attractions in the town proper are Moot Hall, the 14th century Manor Office, and Hexham Abbey. Hexham Abbey, originally a monastery, was founded in 674 by Saint Wilfrid. Today’s Hexham Abbey dates from around the 11th century and in the 19th century, it was significantly rebuilt.

The town has roots dating to Saxon times with previous names of Hutoldesham, Hestoldesham, Hextoldesham and Halgutstad. Hexham has won numerous awards  including Country life magazine ‘ Englands’ Favourite market town and due the beautiful floral displays, Britain in Bloom ‘Best Tourist Town’, Northumbria  in Bloom ‘Best Tourist Town’.

With the Northumberland National Park having a Hexham address, you can be sure that you are not far from being able to enjoy the vast array of natural wonders that can be taken in at the park. With 405 square miles of hills, bogs, forests, and all of the wildlife that accompanies this pristine area, it is no wonder that people come in droves to take in all that the park has to offer. Hiking and cycling are two of the favored activities in the park with its vast array of different venues to commune with nature. Why not make Hexham your home base for your visits to Northumberland National Park?
As mentioned earlier, Hexham provides excellent access to Hadrian’s Wall and Hadrain’s Wall World Heritage Site in the South of the park. For cyclists, the Hadrain’s Cycleway runs the full length of the wall from Newcastle upon Tyne to the East and Maryport to the West. Route 72, part of the National Cycle Network passes from town to town through picturesque villages, past historic Roman forts, and old English castles along the way. A resource for those that are interested in more information on cycling routes can visit this website www.cycle-routes.org/hadrianscycleway.

Other Northumberland National Park attractions are:
·    Hadrian’s Wall Country
·    North Tyne and Redesdale
·    Coquetdale
·    The Otterburn Ranges
·    The Cheviots

With Northumberland Park being one of only 15 National Parks in the UK, it is easy to see why Hexham is a wonderful selection for a place to call home while in the area. Those interested in additional information on Northumberland National Park can get much more information (including accommodations available in Hexham) by accessing the park’s visitors guide at:
http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/visitorguide2011.pdf

For those that like the ponies, horseracing is available for your enjoyment nearby at Hexham Racetrack.