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Great ladies of Northumberland

In honour of International Women’s Day, we thought we would turn our spotlight on to a few of the many incredible women that work for Northumberland National Park, as well as some historic ladies who hailed from our beautiful county. A staggering 64% of our staff at the National Park are female. Here are some…

Seasonal notes from the Peace Labyrinth – Winter

Northumberland National Park committee member, David McDiarmid loves nothing more than to explore the Peace Labyrinth at Walltown Country Park. Throughout all four seasons, you can find David there, exploring the flora and fauna, drawing and taking notes for his blog. Here is David’s Winter installment from January 2017. So far this Winter has been quiet,…

Seasonal notes from the Peace Labyrinth – Autumn

Northumberland National Park committee member, David McDiarmid loves nothing more than to explore the Peace Labyrinth at Walltown Country Park. Throughout all four seasons, you can find David there, exploring the flora and fauna, drawing and taking notes for his blog. Here is his first (backdated) installment from Autumn 2016. At times it seems that in…

Round trip for Round Table – My day with the Ranger

Leanne Tonks is the Freelance Digital Officer at Northumberland National Park. Temporarily on-loan from our PR agency, Round Table Solutions, Leanne looks after the Park’s website and social media channels. As part of her induction into ‘Park-life’, we sent Leanne out on a guided tour of the National Park with our Head Ranger, Paget Lazzari.…

A look back on some case studies from our Young Volunteer Rangers

Once again, Northumberland National Park are looking for volunteers to sign up to our highly successful Young Volunteer Ranger programme. Now in its fifth year, the programme is ideal for anyone aged 16 to 25 with an interest in pursuing a career in the environmental or countryside sectors. Each year, our Young Volunteer Rangers work alongside…

Rangers Cathy and Mick at Birds are Brill

Ranger Cathy shares another update

Ranger Cathy Hooper shares some insights into her last nine months of work with our Southern Team. It’s been a great 9 months as a Ranger in Northumberland National Park and with my maternity cover contract coming to an end I thought I’d give you an insight into what the Rangers have been up to…

NNPA volunteers

International Volunteer Day 2016

Today (Monday 5th December) is International Volunteer Day. To celebrate we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all our volunteers for all their efforts and the great work that they do for the National Park. In the first half of 2016/17 our volunteers have contributed around 1,000 days and annually they provide an incredible…

Orionids

Get ready for the Orionids

It’s not long until you’ll have your best chance of catching a glimpse of the annual Orionids meteor shower. The Orionids shower comes around every October created by debris from Halley’s Comet that comes into contact with the Earth during this period. The shower will be at its best in the early hours of the…

Apprenticeships and Enterprise Opportunities

On the 15th September we will be taking part in the second Hexham Jobs and Apprenticeships fair. You can visit us at Hexham Mart between 10am and 4pm.  You’ll also be able to meet with 20 major local firms such as Egger, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Homebase offering a variety of different vacancies. We are…

Ian Jackson speaking at Poems in the Air launch

Cultured Rocks?

Guest post from Ian Jackson; geologist and member of the Northumberland Joint Local Access Forum. Most of my friends will tell you I lose no opportunity to impress on people that geology is the literal foundation of the landscape…. After all it’s rocks that shape our scenery, govern the courses of rivers and streams, influence…

Perseids 2016

The annual meteor shower known as the Perseids peak on the 11th-12th August. They’re best seen in the Northern Hemisphere; somewhere like the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. In 2016, astronomers expect an incredible show from the Perseid meteors! The prediction is for 200 meteors per hour seen on the peak night, August 11-12 (evening of…

Above & Beyond Challenge

Above & Beyond Challenge

Find out about the Above and Beyond Challenge with our guest post from Barry Kemp from High Fell Events. Northumberland National Park really does have a lot going for it. After all, it was voted the best national park in the country. What makes it so special? Is it the people, places, wildlife, adventure, conservation,…

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National Parks Week: Five Ways to Experience Northumberland

Happy National Parks Week everyone. Today we have a guest post from James at Cottages in Northumberland; five ways to experience Northumberland. Over to you James. The stunning scenery surrounding the rolling Cheviot Hills and the dramatic Roman history of Hadrian’s Wall mean Northumberland is a treasure trove of rich heritage and outstanding natural beauty.…

Salsabilla filming in Northumberland National Park

University placement draws to a close

Newcastle University placement student Salsabilla reflects on her time and work with Northumberland National Park. After almost eight months working with us Newcastle University placement Salsabilla Sakinah tells us about her completed project work. “So I am now coming to the end of my placement with the Northumberland National Park Authority. There are two major projects…

wood chipping

New Ranger, New Challenges

New Ranger Cathy Hooper has been with us for a little over two months now.  We took some time to ask her what’s she’s been working on during her first eight weeks in Northumberland. “I can’t believe it’s been 2 months already. The time flies when you’re having fun! Moving to this role from a private Estate…

David Wilson walk in the park

Walk in the Park preparations

On Friday 27th May David Wilson will be setting off on his Walk in the Park challenge. Walk in the Park will see David will be walking  the entire length of the National Park non-stop, raising awareness of the incredible diversity and beauty of the National Park. With just a few weeks of left before…

Keeping the past alive with Clixta

Next week two North East entrepreneurs are heading to London to launch a fantastic new application that aims to help keep the past alive. Dean Newsome and Shaun Cutler are the duo behind Clixta, a photo app that allows users to collect treasured old photographs in their own virtual ‘shoebox’ and to share them with…

Students filming in the Breamish Valley

Filming in the Breamish Valley

The second blog post from our placement student Salsabilla who is filming a series of shorts in Northumberland National Park. As mentioned in my previous blog post, one of my placement projects is filming a series of videos capturing people’s perspectives on heritage at Northumberland National Park. The video series will consist of six themes, each covering heritage…

PhD Fieldwork

Krissy’s Fieldwork Blog

Our former Community Archaeologist Krissy is back in Northumberland conducting fieldwork in the Otterburn Training Area for her PhD. Krissy will be providing us with Fieldwork blogs about what she has been up to in Northumberland. “I’ve started my PhD fieldwork! During the lambing break (15th April – 15th May), there is no live firing…

Mountain Biker riding a section of the Sandstone Way in Northumberland National Park

Cycle Survey 2016

Take part in our 2016 cycle survey. Tell us about your cycle experience and win a cycling break with Tomlinson’s Café & Bunkhouse in Rothbury, Northumberland. We hope you enjoy cycling in Northumberland and we’d like to make sure this is better each time you visit, your responses will help us to improve our trails, paths and…

Salsabilla filming in Northumberland National Park

Just being prepared is not enough

The first blog post from placement student Salsabilla who is creating a series of short films in Northumberland National Park. Hello! My name is Salsabilla and I am working for the Northumberland National Park Authority on a 9-months-placement from the Museum, Heritage, and Art Gallery Studies programme at Newcastle University. I am originally from Indonesia,…

Lambing Season sign

Lambing Season

With lambing season upon us, dog walkers and owners need to take extra care when out and about within the National Park. Around 16 million lambs are born in the UK every year, resulting in January to April being one of the busiest times in the whole farming calendar. Many visitors to the National Park…

Walk in the Park training

This May David Wilson is aiming to complete his WalkInThePark challenge. Walking from the northerly most point of the Northumberland National Park to the southerly most point non-stop. We talked with David in late January about the challenge. You can read our earlier interview here – http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/blog/david-wilson-walkinthepark/. Training for the challenge is now well underway…

Elements Art and Craft Gallery

Elements Art and Craft Gallery

In 2014 Northumberland National Park’s Area grant fund helped local artists, crafters and makers to establish the first Rothbury Makers Market. The Makers Market enabled local artisans, passionate about their work and keeping things local, a place to best showcase their work.  The Market has a fantastic range of stalls and visitors can shop in…

Dig at Housesteads

Rediscovering a lost Roman road – part two

Our Historic Environment Officer Chris brings us up to date with the discovery at Housesteads. Read the first part of the blog post here. Week Three Despite the best efforts of the archaeological team and a number of volunteers, the works were unable to complete before the end of week two. This meant that the…

LJ Ross - Bamburgh Beach

L J Ross Interview

L J Ross is the best-selling author of the DCI Ryan series of romantic suspense thrillers. Her debut novel, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and, by May, it reached number one in the Amazon UK chart. The sequel, Sycamore Gap, was released in September 2015 and is also a UK bestseller while the…

Housesteads Roman Road

Rediscovering a lost Roman road at Housesteads

Our Historic Environment Officer Chris Jones has been keep a diary for us about the recent discovery of a Roman road at Housesteads. Week One Archaeology never fails to surprise you. We didn’t know there would be a road buried under metres of topsoil next to the car park at Housesteads. We thought there was…

New Naturalist Programme 2015

Could you be one of our New Naturalists?

We have a fantastic opportunity for high school students in Northumberland; our New Naturalist programme. The programme is specially designed for Northumberland high school students wanting to obtain the nationally recognised John Muir Award. If you are aiming for a career in conservation or the environment or looking to make your CV stand out for the crowd…

Devastating, yes. Unprecedented, no.

In the second of two linked pieces relating to our environment and weather geologist Ian Jackson poses a question about how much we can learn from the past. OK, let’s do the confessions first; my name is Ian, I’m a geologist and I love stones. Glad that’s out of the way.  I also love living,…

Trail Outlaws

Tim Bateson and Garry Scott are passionate about getting more people out and enjoying the beautiful and unique surroundings of Northumberland. Their joint love of fell races, trail marathons and ultra marathons lead them to create the Trail Outlaws; one of leading outdoor events organisations in the north east. We spoke with Tim Bateson to…

Damaged bridge in the Northumberland National Park

Time to follow another path?

Guest post from  Ian Jackson; geologist and member of the Northumberland Joint Local Access Forum. The consequences of this winter’s flooding for people of northern England have been devastating. Water and debris from overflowing rivers and streams have wrecked homes and businesses. Major road and rail transport links have been severed and will take months…

David Wilson using the Google Trekker in Northumberland National Park

Walk In The Park with David Wilson

Father, Walker, Runner, Businessman, Volunteer and Ambassador; David Wilson is a busy man who has already clocked up a long list of achievements right here in Northumberland. From running the Great North Run twice in one day to walking the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall non-stop. It’s safe to say David is much more than…

Looking north towards Sycamore Gap at night in Northumberland National Park

Interview with David Taylor

We are incredibly lucky for to be able to work with a wide range of creative photographers. If you have spent any time looking through our website we will undoubtedly have come across the work of David Taylor. Northumberland based David is an award winning landscape and travel photographer and author. His work has appeared…

Cycling feat from two National Park Officers

Northumberland National Park Officers Gill Thompson and Abi Mansley set themselves a commuter cycling challenge this year, 2015 – to cycle the equivalent of the distance from Hexham to Istanbul. A distance of 2,200 miles each! If you were to add their joint mileage together, they have just reached land in South America; in French…

Northumbrian Coast

Photographer Mike Ridley Interview

Last week photographer Mike Ridley was crowned winner of Visit Northumberland’s Dark Skies Photography competition. The judges felt that ‘Milky Way over Cawfields’ really captured the essence of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park; vast inky-black skies studded with thousands of stars over a landscape full of history and beauty. Hailing from County Durham, Mike’s…

Get ready for annual meteor shower

We couldn’t have planned the date for the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park better. Over this weekend and Monday night you will be treated to the spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower. A trickle of meteors have been visible overnight over the last fortnight. However the shower will hit its peak on December 14th. At that point, the shower…

Blacksmith's Cottage

Blacksmith’s Cottage

The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park has been of benefit to many local businesses, attracting new audiences to Northumberland. Many have adapted their traditional offerings to cater to visitors looking for a unique Dark Skies experience. A fantastic example of such a business is Blacksmith’s Cottage; a hidden gem on the edge of Northumberland National…

Battlesteads Observatory

Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Many local businesses have seen an increase in visitor numbers thanks to the International Dark Sky Park Designation. However one business has invested in their own observatory to view to wonders of the night sky. In October Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant in Wark, Northumberland, officially opened its on-site observatory. Sitting at the edge of the Northumberland…

Cawfields quarry site in the Northumberland National Park at night

Dark Sky Park – A great start, an even better future!

This week we are delighted to celebrate the second anniversary of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. We will be sharing features and interviews everyday showing what the International Dark Sky Park designation for Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park has meant for Northumberland. Since 2013, the public interest in dark skies has…

Musician Shona Mooney

Shona Mooney: Sensing the Park

In late 2013 as part of the development of The Sill, folk musician Shona Mooney was commissioned by Newcastle University’s Northumbrian Exchanges project to compose a piece of music to celebrate the landscape of Northumberland National Park and the Borders. The commissioned piece, Sensing the Park, was inspired by the landscapes and traditions of Northumberland…

Dinah Iredale Interview

Thanks to her book ‘Bondagers’ and film ‘The Forgotten Workers’ Dinah Iredale has helped bring the bygone world of female farm labourers, back to life. We spoke to her about her work How did you find out about the bondager system and what drew you to writing a book on the subject? Mr and Mrs…

Northumberland National Park Top Ten Virtual Visits

Earlier this year, Northumberland National Park staff and volunteers worked with the Google Trekker project to capture images of some of Northumberland’s most iconic spots, including Hadrian’s Wall, the Pennine Way and many more. To give you a whistle-stop tour of some of the greatest sights we’ve compiled our list of top ten virtual National…

Peat restoration at Whitelee

Last week our Border Uplands Officer Abi and two of our National Park volunteers visited “Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve”.  Along with volunteers from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust they took part in a peat restoration project using Coir Logs. Coir is a waste product that comes from coconuts and happens to be pH neutral.  The…

Trees, Woodlands and Landscape Officers event

Earlier this month the Northumberland National Park Authority played host to the Trees, Woodlands and Landscape officers’ event. This annual event brings together specialist from all the UK National Parks to see and discuss individual National Park projects and Woodland and Landscape issues in a wider context.  The event is a valuable opportunity for officers…

Northumberland and further afield

Ian Glendinning’s stunning photographs are renowned for showcasing the beauty of Northumberland. On the 13th November Ian will be leading an Astrophotography workshop at Ingram in the National Park; helping participants capture the wonder of the Northumberland’s Dark Skies.   Ahead of the event we spoke with Ian about photography, equipment and some of his…

Taste Northumberland National Park

The UK’s National Parks are well known for their breathtaking scenery but, increasingly, visitors to National Parks are coming to sample the delicious produce farmed, grown and brewed in these beautiful landscapes. Northumberland National Park is no exception! To support the launch of today’s Taste National Parks campaign we’ve put together a list of just…

Guests see repair work first hand

On Tuesday 20th October a number of guests joined us on the Simonside Hill to see, first hand, the ongoing repair work to paths and stabilise areas of bare peat. The Simonside Hills are designated as a European Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and are extremely popular with visitors.  However, the pressure from visitors does…

Marvel at the Orionid Meteor shower

This week, the Orionid meteor shower will be at its peak giving stargazers their best chance to spot streaks of light across the night sky. The Orionid shower comes around every October created by debris from Halley’s Comet that comes into contact with the Earth during this period. The meteor shower is visible throughout the…

To The Border Bred

Last year we were able to offer support to a production company based in Northumberland making a documentary about traditional shepherding practices ‘To The Border Bred’ which was produced by Shadowcat Films. Following a successful series of screenings the DVD is now available for purchase. We spoke with director Alysoun Sharpe about her work, Northumberland…

The Completed Elsdon Bridge

Rangers hard at work in Elsdon

Our Rangers work incredibly hard to help protect the special qualities of Northumberland National Park, while also creating a wonderful environment for visitors to enjoy. They work closely with local communities through the National Park assisting them with many varied projects. Our Rangers were recently contacts by the Parish Council of Elsdon, a small village…

Wonderful Waxcaps; our grassland gems

Northumberland is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna; however one of the most striking are waxcaps; brightly coloured waxy topped toadstools. While the common mushroom is well known, many other grassland fungi are less so. Most of the showiest toadstools belong to a group known as waxcaps. Waxcaps are fungi of unimproved grassland…

Tour of Britain comes to the National Park

The Aviva Tour of Britain arrives in Northumberland in just over a week, giving cycling fans the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their cycling heroes including Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. The tour will be coming to Northumberland for Stage Four on Wednesday, 9th September and passes through the National Park on Thursday, 10th…

Perseid meteor showers

The shooting stars known as the Perseid meteor showers peak in mid-August. This year there will be little or no moon to ruin the show and they’re best seen in the Northern Hemisphere; somewhere like the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Northumberland International Dark Sky Park was unveiled in December 2013. At 572 square miles…

An Owl included in the Coquet Owl Project within the Northumberland National Park

Coquet Barn Owl Box Project

The Coquet Barn Owl Nest Box project is just one of the many exciting and important projects taking place all over Northumberland National Park. The project dates back to 2004 when John Steele, the then Species & Habitats Officer with the Park created the Coquetdale Barn Owl Nest Box project. Due to the decline in suitable natural…

National Parks Week competition

Here at Northumberland National Park we are inviting people to celebrate National Parks Week with us. The National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces is back and bigger than ever. To celebrate National Park Week, we are transforming Walltown Quarry Picnic Site into a giant adventure…

Volunteer Achievements in the National Park

Volunteers are vital to the National Park. Throughout 2014 / 15 our Volunteer Service has provided 2400 volunteer days; the equivalent of 10 additional full-time staff. Young Volunteers Our Young volunteers contribute at least 115 volunteer days each year and rising. The ‘Young Volunteer Ranger’ placement scheme which provides 10 days of ‘on the job’…

Clennell Colossus taking place in the Northumberland National Park

Win A Cycling Holiday in Northumberland

Tell us about your cycle experience and win a cycling break with Tomlinson’s Café & Bunkhouse in Rothbury, Northumberland. We hope you enjoy cycling in Northumberland and we’d like to make sure this is better each time you visit, your responses will help us to improve our trails, paths and other facilities. Tomlinson’s are offering you 2 nights…

Flodden Big Dig

On Saturday 13th June NPNU Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) took part in the Flodden Big Dig, joining the Flodden and Edinburgh YACs at Ford Moss Colliery. Building on the success of last year’s Big Dig, this year’s event returned to investigate the largely industrial elements of the landscape. Ford Moss Colliery operated from the 17th…

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Planning in the National Park

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Hexham Enterprise Hub

Find out more about the Hexham Enterprise Hub @ Eastburn which offers a number of different work space areas and perfect facilities for meetings, discussions and networking.