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  • How to know when an animal is orphaned and when to help

    How to know when an animal is orphaned and when to help

    Many people want to step in and help what appears to be an orphaned animal. But, according to Kevin O’Hara, Conservation Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, usually creatures are not orphaned and when they cry out it is to be left alone. He gives a few guidelines and anecdotes in this latest article.

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    April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Northumberland ale makes a come-back in the Coquet Valley

    Northumberland ale makes a come-back in the Coquet Valley

    Local ale is making a return to the Coquet Valley in Northumerland, with Coquetdale Brewery, owned by father and daughter Owen and Caroline Jackson of Rothbury, introducing new brews for ale fans. The firm was established in 2010 to bring back the centuries-old tradition of brewing in the valley. It now has three fantastic brews .

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    March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Amy Smith: Loves Northumberland castles, Hadrian’s Wall Country

    Amy Smith: Loves Northumberland castles, Hadrian’s Wall Country

    Amy Smith is our latest interviewee for Northumberland’s Best Kept Secrets. She works at the Sage Gateshead and shares her love of castles, woodland, the wonderful coast, golf breaks and Hadrian’s Wall Country. Find out more!

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    January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Langholm Golf Club in the Esk Valley, Scottish Borders

    Langholm Golf Club in the Esk Valley, Scottish Borders

    Northumberland and The Scottish Borders offer superb locations for golfing, and many of the courses are second-to-none. Our resident golf writer, Matthew Moore, packed his clubs recently and played at Langholm Golf Club in the Scottish Borders. It operates an honesty box system. Matthew, who owns his own public relations firm, also publishes Global Golf Magazine and has played at course around the world.

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    August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Northumberland: Mountain biking paradise

Northumberland has excellent opportunities for mountain biking. Find out where the best places to cycle are and also what to do when you’re not out riding!

Hertz starts the European revamp of its locations starting with The UK

The Hertz office at Newcastle Airport and the Newcastle Van Supersite are to be revamped in 2014, along with many others across Europe and the world. The will be part of a worldwide remodelling operation that has seen flagship stores at Paris Saint Ferdinand and Frankfurt Airport in Europe, as well Hertz’s UK flagship store at Marble Arch in London.

Northumberland Haltwhistle spring walking festival 2014

Northumberland Haltwhistle spring walking festival 2014

The Haltwhistle Walking Festival is growing to be one of the best and biggest in England. It returns again this spring and will cover some of the most beautiful and majestic hills in Northern Europe. Walk in the steps or Romans, or discover the lesser-known, but fascinating Issac’s Tea Trail.

Northumberland Accommodation

Northumberland stately home raises glamping to new level

Northumberland stately home raises glamping to new level

A brand new accommodation offering is set to open in Northumberland. Hesleyside Estate in Northumberland National Park is opening a glamping offering to holidaymakers. The huts are deluxe accommodation for nature lovers who want a holiday in the North Tyne Valley. They are traditional Northumberland shepherds huts.

Perfect accommodation retreat in the Scottish Borders

Perfect accommodation retreat in the Scottish Borders

Are you looking for exceptional accommodation in the Scottish Borders? Seeking a self-catering home away from home that offers beautiful views, walks, a friendly market town close by and space to meditate and relax? It is here: Tiore next to the tranquil and lush Bowmont Forest near Kelso provides a superb holiday base for families and people of all ages.

Luxury Northumberland lodges offer beauty, tranquility, access to National Park

Luxury Northumberland lodges offer beauty, tranquility, access to National Park

If you are looking for beautiful accommodation in a tranquil and secluded setting, look no further. Redwater Lodges on the edge of spectacular Northumberland National Park offer a peaceful retreat from everyday life. Here you will find a luxurious enclave, offering all you would expect of a luxury lodge. Find out more.

Wildlife

How to know when an animal is orphaned and when to help

How to know when an animal is orphaned and when to help

Many people want to step in and help what appears to be an orphaned animal. But, according to Kevin O’Hara, Conservation Officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, usually creatures are not orphaned and when they cry out it is to be left alone. He gives a few guidelines and anecdotes in this latest article.

Storm Cocks and Scribbly Jacks

Storm Cocks and Scribbly Jacks

Kevin O’Hara of Northumberland Wildlife Trust reminisces and recalls some of the interesting names he and his boyhood friends used for wildlife, such as scribbly jack for yellowhammer – because of the unusual markings on the birds eggs. Lots of the names come from Middle English or Germanic origins.

A mixed picture for Northumberland wildlife in February

A mixed picture for Northumberland wildlife in February

The unusual and wet winter weather is having a strange effect on wildlife across Northumberland, with a mixed pattern of behaviour amongst birds. The good news is that the days are getting longer and hopefully warmer soon. Kevin O’Hara of Northumberland Wildlife Trust explores Northumberland wildlife in February.

Northumberland National Park

Northumberland ale makes a come-back in the Coquet Valley

Northumberland ale makes a come-back in the Coquet Valley

Local ale is making a return to the Coquet Valley in Northumerland, with Coquetdale Brewery, owned by father and daughter Owen and Caroline Jackson of Rothbury, introducing new brews for ale fans. The firm was established in 2010 to bring back the centuries-old tradition of brewing in the valley. It now has three fantastic brews .

National Park embroidered map on view at Queen’s Hall Hexham

National Park embroidered map on view at Queen’s Hall Hexham

If you’d like to see a new take on maps and map-making, make a trip to Queen’s Hall, Hexham, Northumberland and see a beautifully embroidered map of Northumberland National Park – created by more than 100 stitchers at five different workshops. It’s truly a visual treat.

Northumberland home to Europe’s biggest dark sky park

Northumberland home to Europe’s biggest dark sky park

Northumberland is home to the largest Dark Skies Park in Europe, following a successful bid by Northumberland National Park to create the dark skies preserve in the Border Country. It combines areas covering the national park and Kielder Water and Forest Park and will be called Northumberland International Dark Sky Park (NDSP).

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Amy Smith: Loves Northumberland castles, Hadrian’s Wall Country

Amy Smith: Loves Northumberland castles, Hadrian’s Wall Country

Amy Smith is our latest interviewee for Northumberland’s Best Kept Secrets. She works at the Sage Gateshead and shares her love of castles, woodland, the wonderful coast, golf breaks and Hadrian’s Wall Country. Find out more!

Sarah Hall: ‘We’re utterly spoilt in the North East . . . with Newcastle and Northumberland’

Sarah Hall: ‘We’re utterly spoilt in the North East . . . with Newcastle and Northumberland’

Sarah Hall is a PR consultant on Tyneside. She shares her love of the North East and a few secrets about places to stay, see and eat in the great North East of England! She lives in Whitley Bay.

Travel writer Dixe Wills loves the austere beauty and wildness of Northumberland

Travel writer Dixe Wills loves the austere beauty and wildness of Northumberland

Travel writer Dixe Wills has produced a number of books, including one called Tiny Campsites. His new one, Tiny Islands, comes out this month, May, and features Inner Farne. Find out more about Dixe and why he loves Northumberland and his favourite places. He couldn’t choose between coast and country and asked for “both, please”!

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Win a break in Alnwick, Northumberland

Win a break in Alnwick, Northumberland

This is your chance to win two nights for two at the Hog’s Head Inn, Northumberland. The Inn is a stunning and new beautiful accommodation offer in Northumberland. It offers comfort, fine food and not least a friendly welcome. Discover more!

Win a two-night golf break for two at Roxburghe Country House Hotel, Kelso, Scottish Borders

Win a two-night golf break for two at Roxburghe Country House Hotel, Kelso, Scottish Borders

Would you like to stay on a beautiful estate, one that offers peace, luxury, great golf, wonderful food, comfort and a hearty, warm welcome? Then enter our contest and it could be you and a partner staying two nights at the luxury Roxburghe Hotel, Kelso, The Scottish Borders!

WIN two nights at Matfen Hall in Hadrian’s Wall country!

WIN two nights at Matfen Hall in Hadrian’s Wall country!

Matfen Hall in Hadrian’s Wall Country offers you and your partner or friend a chance to win a two-night stay in beautiful Northumberland. The location offers excellent walking and is close to historic towns of Hexham and Corbride. Enjoy luxury accommodation at this stunning hotel, great food and incredible countryside as part of this prize. Find out more and how to enter.

Features

Perfect accommodation retreat in the Scottish Borders

Perfect accommodation retreat in the Scottish Borders

Are you looking for exceptional accommodation in the Scottish Borders? Seeking a self-catering home away from home that offers beautiful views, walks, a friendly market town close by and space to meditate and relax? It is here: Tiore next to the tranquil and lush Bowmont Forest near Kelso provides a superb holiday base for families and people of all ages.

Walking from Ravenglass, Cumbria, to Berwick, Northumberland

Walking from Ravenglass, Cumbria, to Berwick, Northumberland

If you are a fan of long distance walks, the Ravenber Way will excite you. The 120-mile trek runs across the North of England between Cumbria and Northumberland. A new book, Coast to Coast on the Ravenber Way, details the route, and author Ron Scholes shares with us a section of the walk.

A Caravan’s Day Through The North of England

A Caravan’s Day Through The North of England

A caravan journey through the North of England, including Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District.

Explore the Cheviots

A less than ordinary route in Northumberland

A less than ordinary route in Northumberland

Writer, poet and avid walker Geoff Holland explores the higher ground in Northumberland as he explores the land and hills above Shillmore, near Alwinton. He quickly gained height and had superb views of Coquetdale and the beautiful and unforgettable Usway Burn. Find out more about Geoff’s latest walk, and how to follow in his footsteps, too.

Windy Gyle: An iconic Northumberland hill

Windy Gyle: An iconic Northumberland hill

In this article writer, poet and walker Geoff Holland takes us on an iconic trek in The Cheviot Hills as he climbs Windy Gyle, one of the highest points in the North of England. Windy Gyle is actually high enough to be classified as a mountain. It is a challenging but incredible rewarding walk, rewarded by stunning vistas.

The definitive guide to Northumberland waterfalls

The definitive guide to Northumberland waterfalls

Poet, writer and walker Geoff Holland gives an overview of waterfalls in Northumberland. Not many people realise that there are beautiful waterfalls that can be found in the county – most of them in the Cheviot Hills. In this article, discover the College Burn, Linhope Burn, Usway Burn and lots more.

Recent Articles

Easter treats aplenty in the Great North

Easter treats aplenty in the Great North

April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking forward to some tasty treats this Easter, and suggestions for places to eat? Take a look at TasteclubHQ’s latest post, which is full of great suggestions about where to go and where to find sweet gifts for loved ones and friends this spring!

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North East England celebrates British Pie Week

North East England celebrates British Pie Week

March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s British Pie week this week from March 3 – 9. The North East of England including Northumberland is home to some great pie-making and pie recipes. Taste Club HQ has given readers a great overview of some of the region’s best pies, including gluten-free offerings. Find out more here and be sure to tweet in support of British Pie Week.

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National Park North Tyne Valley – Triple find of rare fungi

National Park North Tyne Valley – Triple find of rare fungi

January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

A very unusual type of fungi has been found in Northumberland. The Tyne valley community of Tarset is the location of Waxcaps – jewel-like fungi that seem to appear overnight when conditions are mild and wet in autumn. They were discovered late last year by members of the Tarset community.

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The Battle of Havenfield, Northumbria

The Battle of Havenfield, Northumbria

January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Battle of Heavenfield was a fierce fight between a Northumbrian army, led by Oswald of Bernicia and a Welsh army under Cadwallon ap Cadfan of Gwynedd. It was fought in 633 or 634, and resulted in a decisive Northumbrian victory. Writer and historian Jon Tait tells the story of what some belive is Northumberland’s Alamo!

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Tax penalties and what you need to know

Tax penalties and what you need to know

January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

What happens if you are late filing your taxes? Accountant and tourism industry expert Colin Corlett takes a look at taxes and the various penalties for late filing – and how to avoid them.

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Quality in Tourism consultancy service offers support, advice

Quality in Tourism consultancy service offers support, advice

January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Quality in Tourism is much more than an assessment service. It also covers the provision of advice and a consultancy service. Find out how to make take advantage off all that is offered by Quality in Tourism. Gary Swarbrooke with the assessment service discusses.

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Northumberland winter wildlife a special joy on cold, still nights

Northumberland winter wildlife a special joy on cold, still nights

December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

After sometime off to take care of eye surgery, regular columnist Kevin O’Hara returns to capture the wonder and beauty of wildlife in Northumberland. This time he turns his attention to the wonderment of wildlife in winter, and the special beauty cold days and clear nights can bring when out spotting birds and much more.

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Druridge Bay, Northumberland – Bay of Plenty

Druridge Bay, Northumberland – Bay of Plenty

December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wildlife watchers arrived at Druridge Bay not too long ago to tabulate numbers and species in the area. In total, more than 500 species were recorded. The highpoint was when they spotted an otter at nearby Hauxley Reserve. And children were delighted when they saw an brown rat get into a scrap with a bird!

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Highlights of NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival unveiled

Highlights of NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival unveiled

November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival is now underway and it offers exciting activities rich in colour and beauty. Visitors from across the region will enjoy entertainment and arts and culture at this year’s event. Find out more.

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Motorbike Safety Over the Years

November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Motorbike safety is essential and almost always in the news. Helmets and visibility are crucial, especially in darker months. A lot of new equipment and technology is displayed at motorcycle shows, with the largest one in the UK being the Carole Nash NEC Motorbike Show. It is set to take place in Manchester in January, 2014.

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Northumberland mammals prepare for winter

Northumberland mammals prepare for winter

November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The constant struggle for survival faced by most mammals in Northumberland takes on a whole new dimension as winter approaches. Head of Conservation Steve Lowe at Northumerland Wildlife Trust outlines the challenges in months ahead.

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It was one of those fine October days . . .

It was one of those fine October days . . .

October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kevin O’Hara gives readers a rich and vidid description of the wonderful wildlife spectactular taking in place in the North of England, and particularly in Northumberland, this October. Read about pinkfoods, peregrine, redwing and eppreciate a few lines of poetry by Richard Green, too!

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Autumn in Northumberland – come and explore amongst vibrant colours

Autumn in Northumberland – come and explore amongst vibrant colours

October 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Autumn is a special time in Northumberland. The change of colours makes for a stunning sight, and there is plenty of wildlife to see, including geese, Arctic terns and ducks. On the Farne Islans, grey seals are giving birth to their pups and more than 2,000 will be born there in the coming months. Footsteps in Northumberland walking guide Patrick Norris shares the delights of this season.

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Northumberland National Park, North Pennines AONB, Wildlife Trust join forces to protect Simonside wetland

Northumberland National Park, North Pennines AONB, Wildlife Trust join forces to protect Simonside wetland

October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Volunteers from across Northumberland and the North of England are joining together to help save a vital and important piece of the Northern landscape. The Simonside wetland in Northumberland will be the focus of their attention as provides a home to many kinds of wildlife.

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Celebrating British Food Fortnight in the Great North

Celebrating British Food Fortnight in the Great North

September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s now celebration of great British food: British Food Fortnight takes place between 21st September and 6th October. The event was intended as a modern day harvest festival, and in a return to its roots this year’s theme is ‘bring home the harvest’. Find out more about the events taking place at the moment and how you can enjoy great food and drink.

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