Paul Hewitt is the National Trust’s countryside manager on the 13,000-acre Wallington estate at Cambo in the heart of Northumberland.
He moved to the county a year ago to take up the post and immediately fell in love with the area. Here he shares his Northumberland best kept secrets.
What do you do for a living?:
I am the countryside manager for the National Trust at Wallington. I head up a newly created countryside team at the property, which combines the estates rangers and foresters.
It is our job to work with our 15 tenant farmers and look after Wallington’s many woodlands and special sites across the estate.
I have lived here coming up for a year after escaping South East England where I worked for nearly 20 years around Epping Forest.
What is it about the county that appeals to you?:
The beautiful countryside, the spectacular beaches and the lack of people and traffic! Coming from the South East of England you really notice how empty the roads are and the big views.
What’s your favourite Northumberland beauty spot?:
It has to be Dunstanburgh Castle and the beach at Low Newton-by-the-Sea further up the coast.
Low Newton is a really picturesque old fishing village set around a square that is now largely owned by the National Trust.
Tell us about your favourite view:
The view from the top of Rothley Crags on the Wallington estate is hard to beat. My favourite view and walk has to be Steel Rigg up on Hadrian’s Wall. Now, that really is hard to beat.
A trip to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without . . .?:
Of course, I would have to say Wallington, a walk on Hadrian’s Wall at Steel Rigg and a pint in the Ship Inn at Low Newton-by-the-Seaon the north Northumberland coast.
What could be better than supping a beer at the end of a tiring day walking while watching the sun set over one of England’s most beautiful stretches of coastline?
Is locally produced Northumbrian food the best?:
In my opinion, the Wallington lamb produced by the estate’s tenant farmers is the best and I can totally recommend it.
The public can buy it at the Wallington Farm Shop, which also sells beef reared on the estate alongside a host of other top quality Northumberland produced foods.
Your favourite historical site?:
It has to be the 2,000-year-old Roman fort of Vindolanda. It’s a fantastic site which changes literally every time you visit as archaeological excavations continue.
A wonderful new museum opened this spring and it really helps bring to life the lot of the Roman soldiers who once lived on the edge of the Roman empire.
Wallington, Cambo, Northumberland, NE61 4AR, 01670 773 967, www.thisisnorthumberland.com/national-trust/
Category: Northumberland Best Kept Secrets