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Heart of Hadrian's Wall

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Take a few deep breaths. Back to nature or back in time, here in the Heart of Hadrian's Wall Country you can get to know your Reiver ancestry, explore Roman forts or walk chunks of the Wall. You don't need to do it all at once! It's all there for you to see, as and when you want. Over centuries man and nature have battled over this landscape and the scars are there still for you to explore.

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Paul Stangroom Fine Art Gallery
Arts and Crafts

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You are welcome to visit my fine art gallery, where I paint, teach and display my work. You will find a range of my paintings, prints, posters, books and gifts to browse or buy. Places on my painting and drawing classes are sometimes available.
Your Wild Dog Outdoors guides are friendly and approachable!
Leisure Activities
Explore the hidden gems and iconic sites of beautiful Northumberland. Learn about the rise and fall of one of Rome’s most famous constructions at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. Discover why Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England. See romantic moorland, sweeping coastlines and...
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Leisure Activities

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Glendale Pool is a self contained, indoor, heated swimming pool, available for private hire. L10m x W5m x D1.9m Water temp 31oC floats and toys available Family friendly all weather activity
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Walking
Offering Self-Guided Walking Tours in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Stainmore Railway
Railways
The Stainmore Railway is based at the Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Centre and is open every Saturday and Sunday with passenger trains running on selected dates. The aim is the full restoration of Kirkby Stephen East railway station and the development of a full working railway as...
Eden Valley Railway
Railways

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The Eden Valley Railway is based at Warcop in Cumbria (or Westmorland, in old money), just off the A66 between Appleby and Brough. It has a selection of rolling stock, Diesel Multiple Units and Locomotives and a short running line . It is open every Sunday during...
Ravensglass and Eskdale Railway
Railways

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On the Cumbrian Coast line you could consider alighting at Ravensglass and enjoy a return trip on the “Au’d Ratty” as the narrow gauge Ravensglass and Eskdale Railway is known. The trip will take you from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park,...
The Cumbrian Coast Railway
Railways
The Cumbrian Coast Line, as its name suggests, hugs the scenic coastline between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. For much of the route, the line runs very close to the coast and links the waters of the Solway with those of Morecambe Bay; both sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). Not...
Settle to Carlisle Railway
Railways
This historic and scenic route was one of the last main line railways built in Britain. It was built by the Midland Railway to allow it to have its own route into Scotland, rather than having to depend on its rival, the LNWR. The line was opened...
George Stephenson’s Cottage
Heritage

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This quaint small stone cottage was built circa 1760 to accommodate mining families. The furnishings reflect the year the great rail pioneer, George Stephenson, was born here (1781), when his whole family lived in the one room. The property is managed by the National Trust. Don't miss...
Beamish Museum
Museums

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Beamish is a wonderful place that brings history to life but you must allow a full day to fully experience the extent of the exhibits, and even then you may not see everything in one visit! Beamish Museum contains an operational tramway with historic trams which...
Aln Valley Railway
Railways

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This is the most recent of the heritage railways in the area and only opened in 2012. The Aln Valley Railway project is an ambitious plan to reopen the branch line from Alnmouth to Alnwick, the old county town of Northumberland and the ancestral home of the...
Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
Railways

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The Museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. The site encompasses three significant Stockton & Darlington Railway buildings of the 1830s/50s: North Road Passenger Station, the Goods Shed and Hopetown Carriage Works. The museum...
The National Rail Museum at Shildon
Railways

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The Shildon branch of the National Railway Museum is well worth a visit. It is based on the site of the former Shildon Wagon Works and contains over 100 locomotives and about 200 items of rolling stock, as well as a vast collection of other railway related items and...
Weardale Railway
Railways

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The Weardale Railway, situated in County Durham, was a mothballed branch line from Bishop Auckland following the River Wear westwards to Eastgate-in- Weardale, a distance of approximately 18.7 miles. The line was originally built by the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1847 to transport limestone to the...
Heatherslaw Light Railway
Railways
A 15” gauge steam railway running from Heatherslaw, 6.4km to Etal Village - a return journey of 50 minutes. When operating trains leave Heatherslaw every hour on the hour from 11am-3pm inclusive and return from Etal on the half hour from 11.30am-3.30pm inclusive. All tickets are for...
Stephenson Railway Museum
Railways
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields. The Museum is home to George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world- famous Rocket. 'Billy' is joined by many other engines from the great age of steam including 'Jackie Milburn', named...
Railways
The routes of several closed lines can still be easily followed with bridges and stations still extant in numerous locations. Lines worthy of exploration include; - The Border Counties Railway linked the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, near Hexham, with the Border Union Railway at Riccarton Junction in...
Bowes Railway
Railways

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This historic railway is sited south of Gateshead in Springwell village just east of the main A1 road near the Angel of the North Designed by George Stephenson and opened in 1826 the Bowes Railway is the only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway in the world....
Tanfield Railway
Railways

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With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway.. Less than half an hour from Newcastle and within easy reach of Tyneside, Wearside...
South Tynedale Railway
Railways

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The South Tynedale Railway is a new narrow gauge railway, built to British two feet gauge or 610 mm metric equivalent, which runs from Alston in Cumbria, into Northumberland, in Northern England. It has been constructed by volunteers on part of the formation of a former standard gauge branch...
Kirkharle Courtyard
Shopping
Creativity, Culture and Countryside. Set beside the Lake inspired by Capability Brown’s original plan, Kirkharle promises Creativity and Culture in the beautiful Northumbrian Countryside. Enjoy a great day out to explore the inspirational landscape and courtyard at the birthplace of the most...
Otterburn Mill
Shopping

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Enviably situated in the heart of the Northumberland countryside, Otterburn Mill is a picturesque tourist attraction that combines a fabulous location, fantastic heritage, and famous brands, for a truly unforgettable day out. Easily accessible via the A69 and A68, Otterburn is situated just 25 miles north of Newcastle International...
Royal Quays Outlet Centre
Shopping
With over 50 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique environment, you have all the ingredients for a great day out.
St Cuthbert's Church, Greenhead
Heritage

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St Cuthbert’s Church was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1827 to 1828 during the incumbency of the Rev N J Hollingsworth. It is thanks to his passion and enthusiasm that the chapel was built. A chapel of ease is a church building other than the main church...
Holy Cross Church, Haltwhistle
Heritage

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The Church of the Holy Cross is a very fine and original example of early 13th century architecture. Its importance lies in it being of one style, built in one period, and the restoration carried out by R J Johnson in 1870 shows sympathetic judgment. The plan of the...
St Martin's Church, Brampton
Heritage

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St Martin's Church was built in 1878 to replace an earlier one on the same site, which had been erected in 1789. Prior to that the Parish Church had been on the site of a Roman fort a mile and a half away to the north west, beside the...
St Mungo’s Church, Simonburn
Heritage

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This is a beautiful church with a long history of worship by local families. There are numerous Kempe stained windows as well as the important memorials. The church has many Northumbrian characteristics with a western bellcote rather than a tower, a chancel almost as long as the four bay...
St Cuthbert’s Church, Bellingham
Heritage

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The church in the middle of the town dates back to 1180 and is a grade 1 listed building. Once belonging to the great parish of Simonburn, it became a separate entity in 1650. It was laid to waste during the border wars with Scotland and then neglected. In...
Peter Carney: Hadrian's Wall Guide
Tours and Guides
Walk Hadrian’s Wall along the Best bits’ with a guide to explain. I've been living and working in this area all my life and having been a teacher have spent a great deal of it inspiring and enthusing people about History. I have conducted many tours...
St Giles Church, Birtley
Heritage

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There was probably a wooden Saxon Church dating from the 7th century. The original stone one was erected on the present site by the Umfravilles, Lords of Prudhoe and “keepers of Redesdale”; It was consecrated in 1900. The north chancel wall and the chancel arch date from the medieval...
St Aiden’s Church, Throckrington
Heritage
St Aiden’s Church in Throckrington. The building dates back from the 11th century. It is situated on an outcrop of the whinsill and silhouetted against the skyline. Pevsner describes the church as “high up and solitary except for one farm. The church has “lost” its village possibly through a...
St Oswald’s Church, Heavenfield
Heritage

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St Oswald’s church – Heavenfield is on the site of what is believed to be the location where King Oswald raised a large wooden cross and called his troops to pray before the battle of Heavenfield (AD 633) The significance of the battle of Heavenfield lies in the re-establishment...
St George's Church, Wall
Heritage

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St George's is a Victorian stone church situated on the village green in the picturesque village of Wall. It was built in 1896 saving the villagers the mile and a half walk to worship at Heavenfield. It was built on the site of a former heather thatched cottage.  Unusually...
St Giles Church, Chollerton
Heritage

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The building is Grade 1 listed and dates from c.1100. It has splendid Roman Columns on the south side and pillars on the north side. Woodwork also dates from the Jacobean period and a number of Roman Artefacts are built into the walls. A Roman Altar is housed in...
Hexham Abbey
Heritage

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There has been a church on this site over for 1300 years since Queen Etheldreda made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674.
Leisure Activities
Visit the Explore North Pennines portal to discover the amazing range of leisure activities available across the North Pennines AONB. At the heart of this site is an interactive map which will allow you to search by activity, interest and location.
North East Guides
Adventure Activities

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North East Guides are based in the NE of England, and operate mainly in Northumberland National Park and the Hadrian's Wall area. However we will work almost anywhere in the North, from the Lakes and North Pennines, to the Cheviots and Borders. We are happy to travel and will provide...
Museums

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The building of Hexham Gaol was ordered June 1330 making it the oldest purpose-built prison in England. It held prisoners captured in Hexhamshire - the area ruled over by the Archbishop of York - and his Bailiff and officials ran the Shire on his behalf from the nearby Moothall....
Museums

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Our permanent displays are based on our five main collections: The Border Counties Railway 1862-1958 comprised 42 miles of track from Hexham on the River Tyne to Riccarton, across the Scottish border, and had a marked impact on life in a previously remote area. A...
Museums

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Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. A fusion of old and new awaits you, from the beautiful Old Tullie House, a classical Grade One Listed Jacobean building to the Border Galleries, full of exciting...
Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail
Walking
Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail is the long-distance footpath that runs through the World Heritage Site. 84 miles of glorious walking through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape. The National Trail runs a passport season between May and October each year where walkers can use...
Walking
268 miles of chasing the Pennine Mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England, from the Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrian's Wall to the Cheviots. Amongst the finest upland walking in England.
Talkin Tarn Country Park
Walking

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Talkin Tarn Country Park, close to the historic market town of Brampton, nestles in a 165 acre site, containing a glacial tarn surrounded by mature woodland and gentle meadows with the stunning Pennine Hills as a backdrop. The Tarn has a 1.3 mile circular path that is...
Northumberland National Park - Free Voluntary Ranger led guided walks
Walking
Free Voluntary Ranger led guided walks Every summer a programme of guided walks and talks starting at various locations throughout the National Park. These walks take in some of the most interesting and beautiful parts of the National Parks from Hadrian's Wall in the south up to...
John Martin Trail
Walking
John Martin (1789 - 1864) was to become the most popular landscape artist and engraver of his time. The John Martin Trail is in two circular sections centered on Haydon Bridge, the northern section to Haydon Old Church (2 miles) and the southern section to Allen Banks,...
Hareshaw Linn
Walking

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Designated as a 'site of Special Scientific Interest' for its rich diversity of wildlife especially the luxurious fern, mosses and lichens growing on the trees and rocks. This 3 mile walk follows alongside the burn up to a beautiful waterfall. It passes through a steep sided wooded...
Walking

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Is a beautiful strip of public land which runs alongside the river Tyne. The Tyne bridge is the main entrance into Hexham and is a back drop to this idyllic open park. Along the green is a rowing club, a wonderful picnic area and open grass area,...
Music of Northumberland
Here’s a list of informal folk and acoustic music sessions round the area: Barrasford Arms, Barrasford - 2nd & 4th Sundays of every month at 8.00pm (20.00hrs). Mixed session of music and song The Feathers, Hedley on the Hill -...
Music of Northumberland

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Promote accordion and fiddle playing in the Tynedale area with the emphasis on traditional music Tynedale Accordion and Fiddle Club meets on the third Thursday of the month March-November at 7:30pm until 11.pm Admission £4.00 pay at the door. Players Free Admission. All...
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