There’s a short answer and a long answer here…
The short answer is that all of the Wild With Consent team are Northumbrians – we know this little corner of the world inside and out, and hope that our knowledge can help open the area to a wider range of people.
The longer answer is that we think it’s a really unique place, with lots of attributes which make it particularly good for campervanners.
For a start, it’s just over the border from Scotland. If you’re planning a campervanning trip from England to the Scottish Highlands, Northumberland offers a really convenient stopover on the way up or down. Time-wise it’s roughly equidistant between London and Inverness.
But it’s not simply a convenient stopping place. It’s also got plenty of sites to explore in its own right, many of which are actually quieter and wilder than their Scottish counterparts. For example, the Cheviot hills – perhaps most famous for their eponymous sheep population and coveted position in GCSE geography textbooks – provide a spectacular location for a long afternoon’s walk across their windswept peaks.
And it is, genuinely, wild: the average population density in England is around 425 people per square kilometre; in Northumberland, it’s all the way down at 65. The whole population of Northumberland is roughly the same as the London Borough of Southwark, despite its area being nearly 200x larger. If it’s serenity you’re after, we’ve got more than enough to go around.
But we have plenty of sites of interest too. Lindisfarne is one of our personal favourites; a ‘Holy Island’, at the end of St Cuthbert’s pilgrimage route; accessible across a causeway, but only when the tide is out! Once you’ve made it there you can explore the old abbey, or stroll around the architect Edwin Lutyens gardens – his pet project in the early 20th century, before he took off around the world to design the city of New Delhi. There are plenty of pubs too, if the cultural history is all too much…
Failing that, there’s always Alnwick Castle, where Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey were filmed. Or Bamburgh Castle, perched high on a rock promontory overlooking the austere waters of the North Sea.
Or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, you could hop on a boat and head out to the Farne islands – one of the best birdwatching sites in the UK, particularly for Puffins. If you get the right time of year, the cliffs are jam-packed with dive-bombing chicks, taking their first fledgeling wingbeats off the high grey cliffs.
Last but not least, there’s always the option of a cheeky dip in the North Sea. Our water temperature reaches a balmy 14°C in midsummer. You’d be mad not to give it a go…
We’d like to expand Wild With Consent beyond Northumberland’s borders in the future. But Northumberland is our base, and, for now, it’s where you’ll find most of our sites. We think it’s a magical place. But don’t just take our word for it – come and see for yourself! Explore our locations, which have some of the most stunning views of Northumberland around.