Passionate about Northumberland
I live in an incredibly beautiful part of the country and never cease to appreciate what is right here on my doorstep. Northumberland is one of the country's largest counties, yet one of the least populated. It is steeped in history and has abundant flora and fauna, some rare and precious. This wild border region is famed not only for its natural beauty but also for an often turbulent past. All around, there are ancient dwellings and romantic castles, some occupied, some ruined. Long stretches of Hadrian’s Wall meander throughout the county, dotted with Roman forts and temples. Running from Holy Island and Bamburgh, down towards Newcastle, lies an amazing stretch of unspoilt coastline. The area around the North Tyne Valley, where I live, is also stunning. Kielder Water, Europe’s largest man-made lake and forest, is a truly breathtaking sight. Not far from my home are the superb historic houses and gardens of Belsay and Wallington, plus many more fantastic visitor attractions. And all around there are miles and miles of unspoilt walks, cycle routes and bridleways, taking in spectacular views of hills, cliffs, windswept moorland, lakes, waterfalls and woodland. I love living in this county and am constantly refreshed and invigorated by its beauty. If you haven't been to Northumberland before, I urge you to come and experience it for yourself. You'll be inspired too. Looking for
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