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Northumberland National Park’s Wildlife Wonders

From iconic red squirrels to rare and colourful waxcap fungi, Northumberland National Park is full of wonderful wildlife and natural wonders of all shapes and sizes. With 28 species of the rare and colourful fungi, the grassland around Hadrian’s Wall is internationally important for its waxcap populations, whilst England’s two cleanest rivers are sourced in…

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New textile fellows draw threads of inspiration from Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority has awarded two brand new textile fellowships following a contest that attracted inspirational entries from across the UK. The two winners of the very first Val Stoddart Textile Fellowships are unveiled as professional artists: 47-year-old Zak Jones from London and 40-year-old Lindsay Duncanson from Newcastle. The fellowship opportunity was launched this…

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Day of celebration as Volunteers lead the way in Northumberland National Park

More than eighty National Park volunteers, Authority Members and staff gathered in the Breamish Valley last week to celebrate the work undertaken by National Park volunteers. National Park volunteers contributed 2,400 days – worth over £250,000 – to protect and promote the National Park last year (2014/15). Highlights of the day included a walk to…


Massey and Latham take top spots in the Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy

The Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling drew to a close yesterday (June 21) with a day of action packed elite racing that saw some of the world’s best riders descend on the picturesque Northumberland village of Stamfordham. Taking the trophy in the National Women’s Road Race, the Curlew Cup, was team IKON-Mazda cyclist, Laura…

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Volunteers shore up crumbling ramparts of Northumberland Hillfort

Volunteers from Northumberland National Park this week saw the culmination of many years of work as major conservation got underway to repair the crumbling ramparts of Harehaugh Hillfort in Coquetdale. Harehaugh Hillfort was built by Iron Age people 2,500 years ago, and the essential conservation work now underway will see the hillfort finally removed from…

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Hexham Enterprise Hub is open for business

Businesses of all sizes are invited to an open day at Northumberland National Park Authority’s Hexham Enterprise Hub. The work spaces, based at the National Park’s headquarters at Eastburn in Hexham, offers individuals and businesses the chance to make the most of the modern facilities when they sign up to the Eastburn Associate Membership scheme.…

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Hareshaw Linn wins Certificate of Excellence

Hareshaw Linn in Bellingham has today been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community. The prestigious Certificate of Excellence can only be earned by visitor attractions that consistently earn great four-and-five star reviews from travellers. Duncan Wise, Visitor Development & Marketing Manager for Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “This award…


Hadrian’s Wall sings for BBC Music Day

The first ever BBC Music Day will kick off its nationwide celebration of music on Friday June 5th with a unique musical relay which will span the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall. ‘Hadrian’s Wall of Sound’ will feature hundreds of local musicians who will travel along the Wall using various modes of transport and passing a…

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Northumberland National Park comes to Newcastle

This half term visitors to the Great North Museum will be able to delve into the outstanding natural beauty of Northumberland thanks to a project with the Northumberland National Park. Engagement Officers Mandy Roberts and Caroline Cope are running Maps & Apps with Northumberland National Park; a scavenger hunt running over three days (26th-38th May)…

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Heritage Shepherding Project gets Crafty in Wooler

Sheep Tales began in 2011 as a Heritage Lottery funded project to create a permanent archive of shepherding memories from North Northumberland for future generations. The project has compiled a wonderful collection of photographs and audio clips that show just how much shepherding and the lives of people living in rural communities in North Northumberland…

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Northumberland landscapes celebrated in competition

A competition that captured the imaginations of scores of budding photographers across the region has resulted in a collection of stunning images that showcase the natural beauty of Northumberland. The Sill, a partnership between Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales), to create the nation’s first landscape discovery centre in the Hadrian’s Wall…

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Groundbreaking use of new technology to capture the beauty of the National Park

The Northumberland National Park Authority has partnered with Google Maps to give visitors from all over the world a chance to view Hadrian’s Wall, the Pennine Way and more from the comfort of their own home. Since 2007, Google Maps has captured and released imagery of the world for people to explore and enjoy on…

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Author’s Tale Trails arrive at Hadrian’s Wall

National Park & Story Walk Author Combine To Enhance Time Spent In The Great Outdoors Exploring Northumberland National Park will take on a brand new dimension this year, thanks to the launch of two inspiring, fun and family-focused outdoor story walks. They magically interweave Roman, Celt and Saxon history with the world of nature and…

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Sill project awarded £50k Arts Council England grant

Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales) are celebrating after being awarded a £50,000 Arts Council England grant, to help people discover the possibilities of art through the Sill. The grant will be used to support the development of ‘Poems in the Air’, an exciting new permanent digital project from acclaimed poet Simon…

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Website helps visitors connect ‘on the go’

Northumberland National Park Authority is helping visitors access all the information they need about the Park, at the touch of a button. The Authority has announced the launch of its new ‘visitor-friendly’ website to showcase the stunning National Park as a destination and highlight all the many incredible places people can visit as well as…

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New mountain bike route steps up a gear

The official map for Northumberland’s most exciting new mountain bike trail – The Sandstone Way, is now available, together with a brand new website in readiness for the new holiday season. The 120-mile (193 km) mountain bike trail between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham passes through numerous villages and small communities including Wooler, Belford, Rothbury, Elsdon…

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The Sill wins £7.8m HLF grant

  There are celebrations all round today as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help more people explore and learn about the nation’s finest countryside, has been awarded a grant of £7.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Sill will become the country’s first national landscape discovery centre, giving more people than ever before, the chance…


National Park’s open for business

Today, National Parks across England have published an offer to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to help deliver more growth and jobs in National Parks. The offer which has been given by all 10 English National Parks has the support of Lord Heseltine and Defra Mister Lord de Mauley. In the North East, Northumberland National Park…


Helping children get hands on with history

An engaging new series of Education Loan Boxes, covering eras from prehistory through to the early medieval period, are being made available free of charge to schools and youth groups by Northumberland National Park Community Archaeology. The Boxes have been sponsored by the North Pennines AONB Partnership as part of the “North of the Wall”…

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The Sill bid up for final HLF approval

A decision for HLF funding for The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre will be taken later this month. The project, being led by Northumberland National Park Authority in conjunction with the Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales), is being supported by a number of key partners including Northumberland County Council. In order to help secure…

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New mountain bike route to boost tourism

A new 120-mile (193km) mountain bike trail is set be launched for 2015’s tourist season – linking Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham via Northumberland’s most spectacular scenery. The Sandstone Way will create opportunities for tourism firms along its route, just as long-distance walking trails have done in recent years. It runs along the sandstone ridge in North…

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Youth Opportunities

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Northumberland National Park Ranger Team provides short-term placements for individuals, aged 16 to 25, with an interest in pursuing a career in the environmental/countryside sector.