Getting the train to Northumberland National Park isn't just the practical choice - it's the picturesque one too. There are a variety of stations you can choose to access the park, including Stocksfield, Riding Mill, Wylam, Prudhoe, Corbridge, Hexham, Bardon Mill, Haydon Bridge and Haltwhistle.
The Tyne Valley line between Newcastle and Carlisle weaves its way to the south of the park, with stops at Haltwhistle, Bardon Mill, Haydon Bridge and Hexham. And the East Coast Main Line offers fantastic views of the Northumbrian coast, with services between London, Newcastle and Edinburgh stopping at Alnmouth, from which you can travel west into the park.
As the northernmost national park in the UK, Northumberland National Park is one of the most tranquil and least-visited national parks in the country. It's perfect for a getaway with family or friends. For more information on visiting, have a browse of the park's official website.
|Weekdays||06:40 - 18:15|
|Saturday||06:40 - 18:15|
|Sunday||10:20 - 21:30|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Staff Help notes|
Barrow crossing will be closed out of booking office hours.
|Customer help points||Unavailable|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||Northern Rail|
|Car parking spaces||76|
|Cycle storage spaces||16|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
|Cycle storage notes||<p><span style="font-family: ;" data-sheets-rawvalue="8 cycle lockers and 8 stand spaces">8 cycle lockers and 8 stand spaces</span></p>|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
Only one member of staff at this station so any assistance must be pre booked.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Unavailable|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
|Accessible taxis notes|
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The Northumberland National Park consists of 400 square miles of tranquil wilderness in the far north of England, between Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish border. It's the least populated of Britain's national parks - with just 2,000 people living within the park boundaries, you get even more of that spectacular natural beauty to yourself. So it you're really looking to get away from it all, a rail break to Northumberland could be just the thing. What to see? Try exploring the unspoilt countryside of the College Valley, or taking a walk through the Cheviot or Simonside Hills head to visitnorthumberland.com for more information.
If you're very lucky you might even spot some of the park's rare wildlife, which includes skylarks, red squirrels and otters. History fans can step back to Roman times along the Hadrian's Wall Path, or find out about the park's more recent past at the World War I training trenches, which are on Ministry of Defence land and occasionally open to the public. Northumberland National Park isn't just a fantastic place to enjoy during the daytime, it's also an attraction after dark. Since 2013 it has been home to Europe's largest area of protected night sky, thanks to its designation as an International Dark Sky Park - an area where people can stargaze without the negative effects of light pollution. Keep an eye out for regular events held to coincide with meteor showers and other cosmic happenings.
|from Edinburgh (Waverley)||London North Eastern Railway||11:15||On time|
|from Berwick-upon-Tweed||London North Eastern Railway||11:15||On time|
|from Newcastle||London North Eastern Railway||11:15||On time|
|from Dunbar||CrossCountry||12:30||On time|
|from Edinburgh (Waverley)||London North Eastern Railway||13:10||On time|