Tucked in the shadow of the Cheviot Hills Wooler Hostel is in the perfect location for those keen to walk, cycle, and explore the hills of Glendale, and the castles and coastline of Northumberland.
Pictures in the Dark-Stagazing
Date: Saturday 28th January, 8-10pm
Meet: Kirknewton VIllage Hall (NE71 6XF)
Aimed at: Amateur Photographers
Cost: £18 *discount for online bookings
Meet our wildlife photographer who will introduce you to the night sky and where you can learn the skills to take great photos and pictures at night, whether it is of wildlife or the moon!
For more info/ to book: Northumberland National Park- Stargazing
Hedgehope Winter Wipeout- Half Marathon
Date: Sunday 22 January, Registration 7-9am, Run starts 9.30am
Looking for a way to blast off those cobwebs following the festive season? Here’s a half marathon for the hardy souls only – summer runners look away now! Hedgehope is the second highest peak in the Cheviots and is regarded by many as the jewel in the crown. It’s domed summit provides a hard climb no matter how it’s approached.
Interested? Visit Highfell Events website and follow the link.
Wooler Wheel Borderlands 30/60/100/170- Saturday 13th May 2017
Launched in 2014 with four routes of different lengths for all abilities taking in North Northumberland and crossing the border into Scotland.
The Borderlands, where the unique met the unusual – a unique challenge and an unusual venue. It was also the first for a British Cycling backed junior specific sportive.
The routes all start and finish at the spacious Harrison & Hetherington Livestock Mart and wend their way through North Northumberland and Scottish Borders, skirting the Northumberland National Park and the high Cheviots. The landscape is in the main hilly with several steep ascents (and descents), but on the Milfield Plain (the flattish flood plain of the River Till) and alongside the River Tweed, the topography is fairly level.
Wooler Wheel Classic- Saturday 7th October 2017
The original and still a firm favourite. All in Northumberland with nominal distances of 100 and 50km.
Starting and finishing in Wooler, Gateway to The Cheviots, The Wooler Wheel takes you on a circular tour through stunning scenery and challenging climbs. A cycle ride to be remembered through 8,000 years of history within beautiful Glendale, North Northumberland.
A great introduction for first time sportivers, but still demanding rides for experienced cyclists. A perfect way to wind down the season for elite cyclists.
Visit the Wooler Wheel website for more information and to signup
FISHING SEASON IN ENGLAND
1 February-31 October, Salmon
22 March- 30 September, Brown Trout
3 April- 31 October, Sea Trout
The nearest lake holding stocked fish is Caistron
*Coarse fishing closed season between 15 March & 15 June
Prehistoric Rock Carving; Romans, Towers and Castles; Hills, Forts and Fells; Border Rievers, and Rievers' Trails; Belting Beaches, Broad Skies and Vistas; Long Distance Ways and Battlefield Walks.
Search the local hills for cup and ring markings, bronze age farms and forts. Archaeology extends to the twentieth century, with local defences and the often touching remains of wartime.
There are even more activities to be found inland. The market town of Alnwick offers Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and famous filming location of the Harry Potter films. Learn how to fly with broomstick lessons hosted by Hogwarts Professors in the courtyard, and test your nerve by visiting the dungeons beneath the ancient fortress.
Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum in Alnwick are a delight for garden lovers, and offer a variety of unusual plants throughout the seasons. Families can also enjoy the woodland walks on Howick's seasonal "Family Challenge", where they can spot red squirrels, ducks, swans and herons along the way. Relax in the Earl Grey Tea House afterwards, and learn about the Grey family seat of Howick.
If you haven't had your fill of gardens, one of the jewels in Northumberland's crown is The Alnwick Garden. Founded and nurtured by the Duchess of Northumberland, the gardens are a wonderful combination of family fun, and serene tranquility. Enjoy the Grand Cascade water fountain, marvel at the Poison Garden, and explore one of the world's largest tree houses; there is plenty to entertain all ages.