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 andwaterfalls, the city is somewhat of a dark horse when it comes tobeauty. Nestled amongst its manmade exterior are idyllic spots ofBritain's best scenery. More than just steel and glass, bricks andmortar, this city is a true testament to the North East's naturaloffering. Walk for miles through unspoilt dunes, eat a picnic bypicturesque streams, and don't forget to catch one of the region'sfamous sunsets. You won't have seen a sky like it. If it wasn'talready apparent, we love this city and its unassuming beauty. Andwith one of our hotels in central Newcastle, right by thelovely river, we're in a pretty good spot to appreciate everythingit has to offer. Here are some of our favourite areas ofNewcastle's natural beauty:
Less than twenty minutes' drive from Copthorne HotelNewcastle
The good thing about visiting Newcastle is that you can be in the midst of itshistoric city centre one minute and on the beach the next.Tynemouth Longsands is a popular mile-long stretch of coast, famedfor its golden shore and blue-flag winning standards. Popular yearround, the beach is used by a wide range of people, whether that'sfamilies that want to sunbathe and play in the sea or surfers thatcome to make the most of the waves. It's one of the mostphotographed beaches in the UK due to its unspoilt natural beauty,and is surrounded by greenery and cliffs. Better get your swimsuitout, this one's a sure winner.
Around eight minutes' drive from Copthorne HotelNewcastle
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 valleyis lush with greenery, streams and waterfalls. And not just apretty sight, it's also an important home to a vast array ofwildlife, including the red squirrel, the kingfisher and otherwoodland birds. Perfect for a picnic or just a gentle stroll, it'shard to believe that this idyllic spot is embedded within the wallsof a city.
Northumberland National Park
Around forty-five minutes' drive from Copthorne HotelNewcastle
Northumberland National Park is one of the most impressive and vast national parksin Britain. Stretching for over four hundred square miles, itsstunning landscapes cover land from Hadrian's Wall World HeritageSite 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 itboasts some of the cleanest air and cleanest rivers. The absence oflight pollution means that its night skies are awesome, in the mostliteral sense of the word. Officially recognised as having thedarkest skies in England, Northumberland National Park is one ofthe few places in the world that you can witness the Milky Way, andeven the Andromeda Galaxy.
A thriving and busy city Newcastle may be, but it's as much agood starting point for nature explorations as it is for shoppingand sight-seeing. Sand, sea, countryside and cliffs add to theregion's historic charm, and make it the perfect getaway for adiverse and exciting break. Yes, this is 'Geordie Shore' likeyou've never seen it before.