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The local area guide to living in Northumberland

Northumberland is the place to be if you like wide-open spaces, stunning scenery and historical architecture. It’s one of the most sparsely populated counties in the country, and has no big cities, although there is evidence of the industrial revolution in the towns.

It’s situated near the Scottish border, and shares much in common with its Celtic neighbours – even having its own tartan, and a famous local clog dance that is not to be missed.

The county boasts a spectacular coastline in the east, with a breath-taking display of sand dunes, and the famous Pennines in the north and west. Its high number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes it a popular destination for outdoorsmen, with hiking trails and bike routes available throughout the area.

The atmosphere in the major towns is characteristic of the countryside, noted for friendly, close-knit communities. Some of the most popular areas include Berwick-upon-Tweed, a charming Georgian market town with a complicated history, and Alnwick, which is best known for the castle featured in the Harry Potter films.

One of the area’s largest towns is Ashington, which is easily commutable to and from Newcastle upon Tyne and as such has strong transport links to the rest of the country.

Information about the local residents

Northumberland has a small population of approximately 300,000. Nearly half of all residents are split between the areas of Wansbeck and Blyth Valley.

Northumberland’s population is majority White British, as the area has one of the lowest percentages of ethnic minority residents in England. It also has low rates of unemployment, although average earnings are lower than the national average.

Nearby schools

Northumberland is home to some of the biggest schools in the UK, with Cramlington Learning Village – a secondary school – teaching around 2,300 students (approximately 400 per year group). The only public school option for secondary pupils is St. Benet Biscop, a private Catholic school for boys and girls aged between 11 and 18 years.

Other independent schools are available in surrounding areas, such as Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School. This school has a 53% rate of students achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C. Northumberland broadly has a lower level of students gaining five or more GCSE’s above a C than England, but has more than the North East tends to.

Getting around

Southeast Northumberland benefits from its proximity to Newcastle, with multiple major roads available to motorists. The rest of the county can be more difficult to reach, mostly serviced by A roads.

Those travelling by train can catch a train to major cities such as London and Edinburgh thanks to the new East Coast line, which serves Morpeth, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth.

Local shops

There are many historical sites to be explored in Northumberland, with the area’s many castles proving a popular attraction. There’s also the iconic Hadrian’s Wall – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the picturesque Alnwick Castle, which was one of the filming locations in Harry Potter, serving as Hogwarts School.

There’s more stunning architecture on the nearby Holy Island of Lindisfarne, named Holy for its Christian background. The landscape is centred round a beautiful castle, and there are often rare birds and grey seals around the coast – making it a draw for historians and nature lovers alike. Other outdoor areas include the National Park, which pulls in hikers, bikers and climbers from across the country, and the charming coastline.

Further inland, the market towns in the area play host to a fascinating selection of craft and book stores, art galleries and quirky, old-fashioned department stores. You’ll also find all the high street favourites in the bigger towns, such as Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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