Spotlight: Newcastle’s Natural Beauty
Contrary to belief, Newcastle Upon Tyne is steeped in nature. From rolling coastlines of pale sand to lush green valleys and waterfalls, the city is somewhat of a dark horse when it comes to beauty. Nestled amongst its manmade exterior are idyllic spots of Britain's best scenery. More than just steel and glass, bricks and mortar, this city is a true testament to the North East's natural offering. Walk for miles through unspoilt dunes, eat a picnic by picturesque streams, and don't forget to catch one of the region's famous sunsets. You won't have seen a sky like it. If it wasn't already apparent, we love this city and its unassuming beauty. And with one of our hotels in central Newcastle, right by the lovely river, we're in a pretty good spot to appreciate everything it has to offer. Here are some of our favourite areas of Newcastle's natural beauty:
Less than twenty minutes' drive from Copthorne Hotel Newcastle
The good thing about visiting Newcastle is that you can be in the midst of its historic city centre one minute and on the beach the next. Tynemouth Longsands is a popular mile-long stretch of coast, famed for its golden shore and blue-flag winning standards. Popular year round, the beach is used by a wide range of people, whether that's families that want to sunbathe and play in the sea or surfers that come to make the most of the waves. It's one of the most photographed beaches in the UK due to its unspoilt natural beauty, and is surrounded by greenery and cliffs. Better get your swimsuit out, this one's a sure winner.
Around eight minutes' drive from Copthorne Hotel Newcastle
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but slap bang in the middle of the town, is Jesmond Dene. A haven of tranquillity, the narrow wooded valley is lush with greenery, streams and waterfalls. And not just a pretty sight, it's also an important home to a vast array of wildlife, including the red squirrel, the kingfisher and other woodland birds. Perfect for a picnic or just a gentle stroll, it's hard to believe that this idyllic spot is embedded within the walls of a city.
Northumberland National Park
Around forty-five minutes' drive from Copthorne Hotel Newcastle
Northumberland National Park is one of the most impressive and vast national parks in Britain. Stretching for over four hundred square miles, its stunning landscapes cover land from Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site in the south, to Kielder Water & Forest Park in the west, and up to the Cheviot Hills along the Scottish Border in the north. It's also the most unpopulated UK national park, meaning that it boasts some of the cleanest air and cleanest rivers. The absence of light pollution means that its night skies are awesome, in the most literal sense of the word. Officially recognised as having the darkest skies in England, Northumberland National Park is one of the few places in the world that you can witness the Milky Way, and even the Andromeda Galaxy.
A thriving and busy city Newcastle may be, but it's as much a good starting point for nature explorations as it is for shopping and sight-seeing. Sand, sea, countryside and cliffs add to the region's historic charm, and make it the perfect getaway for a diverse and exciting break. Yes, this is 'Geordie Shore' like you've never seen it before.