Great Whittington is an excellent place for walking, just a mile north of Hadrian's Wall Path and two miles from the crossroads of the A68 and the B6318 (Military Road). It is an attractive, old and stone built village in the heart of Northumberland's farming countryside.
Bingfield and Hallington are hamlets within a few miles to the north. Bingfield church has links with St Oswald and the Battle of Heavenfield (ad634). There is excellent fishing at Hallington Reservoir and the 'Reivers' cycle route runs through the Parish. Steeple chasing at Downhills (on the Military Road) is popular with many people at regular point-to-point meetings. The Cheviot Hills offer panoramic views whilst exploring the unspoilt countryside of the Parish.
Nearly to the east is Matfen with a village shop and the Black Bull Public House. The church at Matfen - Holy Trinity - has a fine steeple and was built by the Blackett family in the 1860s.