A taste of Northumberland’s best landscape and wildlife photography has gone on show at Alnwick’s Baliffgate Museum.
The exhibition, A Stroll in the Parks, illustrates two kinds of countryside. The first is the well-maintained woods and grassland of Hulne Park by Alnwick Castle with its picturesque priory ruins and, just 30 minutes away, the rolling hills, wide horizons and rich wildlife of Northumberland National Park which covers over 1000 square kilometres from Hadrian’s Wall to the Cheviot Hills on the border with Scotland.
The National Park section is a selection of work from sceNE in Northumberland National Park, the exhibition by three of the North East’s most outstanding outdoor photographers that ran successfully at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle last year.
The award-winning photographers, Roger Clegg, Simon Fraser and Allan Potts, have distinctive and awe-inspiring styles and are masters of their craft. Some of their stunning photographs will be available to buy through the exhibition.
The National Park Authority hopes that people visiting A Stroll in the Parks, which runs at Bailiffgate until December 16, will be inspired to take a step further into the countryside and visit some of the spectacular scenery on display.
There will be guides and leaflets about walks in the National Park to take home at the exhibition, and a full programme of events will be available in the New Year.
Tony Gates, chief executive of Northumberland National Park Authority said: “We are pleased to exhibit at this excellent museum at Bailiffgate. We hope that local residents and visitors to Alnwick will enjoy these marvellous images and discover how close the National Park is – just 15 miles west of the town to Ingram and the beautiful Breamish Valley.
“There is a warm welcome in the National Park and many footpaths to magical viewpoints and hidden waterfalls. Our voluntary rangers will be running a news season of free walks in 2012 and details will be posted on our website.”
Bill Matheson, Bailiffgate Museum administrator, added: “We’re delighted to host such a high quality display of landscapes and wildlife images for our pre-Christmas exhibition. It’s Northumberland’s own National Park and we are proud to have it on our doorstep.”