A warm welcome awaits you in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall

Where to Spot the Best Wildlife

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Perfect for families, pets, walkers and cyclists

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Birds and Wildlife

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Beaches and coastline

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Hills and countryside

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Long distance paths

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Within walking distance

Haltwhistle Burn

The Haltwhistle Burn is a river which lies to the east of Northumbrian town Haltwhistle. It will take you just under 10 minutes to get there by foot from our camping and glamping site and is the most scenic route from Herding Hill Farm into Haltwhistle. You can expect to see red squirrels and otters here so keep a look out and make sure to take lots of snaps! Enquire at Reception for a map or ask one of our wardens.


Local wildlife hotspots

Walltown Quarry, RSPB Geltsdale Nature Reserve & Allen Banks

Walltown Quarry (Walltown Country Park) lies on the line of Hadrian's Wall, near the village of Greenhead, less than 5-minutes drive. It's also a lovely walk West from Cawfields Quarry. You can expect to see ducks and buzzards here so why not feed the ducks on your next visit?

RSPB Geltsdale Nature Reserve (20-minute drive) is hidden away in the north-west corner of the North Pennines, Geltsdale and is a beautiful nature reserve that encompasses two hill farms - Geltsdale and Tarnhouse. Here, you'll find upland birds such as black grouse, breeding waders including curlews, and birds of prey like the hen harrier. 


Northumbria Coast

Farne Islands & Coquet Island

The Farne Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. They are normally accessed via organised boat trips from Seahouses Harbour, on the Northumberland Coast, a 90 minute drive from Herding Hill Farm.

Spot puffins and arctic tern on your visit!

Lying just one mile off the coast at Amble, Coquet Island is an RSPB nature reserve. It is a safe haven for over 30,000 pairs of seabirds. Here you may find puffins and arctic tern. Amble can be reached by car from Herding Hill Farm in around 75 minutes.


Kielder Water & Forest Park

Home to England’s largest forest and the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a playground for cyclists, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. It is about an hours drive from here.

You can expect to find osprey, water voles, red squirrels, badgers, otters and adders here. For more information on the Kielder ospreys click HERE.


Cheviot Hills

The Cheviots are a range of rolling hills straddling the Anglo-Scottish border between Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The Cheviot Hills can be reached in about an hour by car from Herding Hill Farm.

At the Cheviot Hills, you might spot an adder on the track, or birds such as curlews, stonechats, meadow pipits, whinchats, skylarks, buzzards and possibly merlins.

Wildlife Spotting Checklist

Why not get the kids involved with wildlife spotting in Northumberland? Use our handy checklist to tick off each animal once you've spotted them on your Northumberland trip! You can download it here.

For some tips on the best Northumberland wildlife why not check out our wildlife blog HERE.

Wildlife Spotting Checklist
Wildlife Spotting Checklist