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In An Emergency

Over the years, many people have been glad to see the two shelters, built by the Northumberland National Park Authority, on the Border Ridge. Thanks to the Authority, new signs informing walkers, fell runners and other outdoor enthusiasts ‘what to do in an emergency’ will very shortly be in place at each of the shelters.

In An Emergency
In An Emergency
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New Trainee Evening

We are holding a presentation for potential trainees tonight.
All applicants to join the team are invited along for a presentation of the teams work and expectations. Following this the individual may move on to a skills weekend and finally enroll on to the trainee list to start training in the many and varied skills required to become a full team member.lego1 lego2

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Google Streetview on the Pennine Way

Last week one of our Team members had the chance to take part in a project to create a ‘streetview’ of the northerly part of the Pennine Way. The Northumberland National Park was chosen by Google for this innovative project alongside locations such as the Grand Canyon and Canadian Arctic!

The day involved carrying 18kg of top heavy, electronic wizardry which has 15 digital cameras, each taking a new image every 2.5 seconds. These images are “stitched” together so you see the image on your computer screen like Streetview.

It will give the viewer the next best thing to actually being there and hopefully promote more visits to the National Park. Having this facility will also be useful from a mountain rescue perspective.

An great day working alongside colleagues from the Northumberland National Park Authority.

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Out and about in the County

Members of our team are out at some of the more outlying Fire and Rescue Stations in our operational area.

We are cementing relationships and showing our kit and capabilities.
Working along side the main emergency services, we need to ensure they are aware and kept up to date with the range of our capabilities and specialist skills.

Our volunteers are available on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Mountain Rescue, more than just mountains.

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Water, water everywhere…

This weekend six of our Incident Controllers and Water First Responders spent two days completing the Water Incident Management course. Thankfully the flood today in North Yorkshire was only a table top exercise. We now feel better prepared and able to work alongside other emergency services should our operational area suffer from localised or widespread flooding again.

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Incident No.13

*** Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team ***

Earlier this afternoon the Team was called to assist the North East Ambulance Service. Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team, we assisted with the extraction of a body from beneath a viaduct, near Hamsterley Mill. Our thoughts go out to the deceased’s family and friends.

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Cheviots Challenge 2015

34th Cheviots Challenge,

Saturday 5th September 2015.

The Cheviots Challenge

The Cheviots Challenge is a fundraising event in aid of the Mountain Rescue Team. It is designed as a personal challenge rather than a competition.

There is a choice of two challenging long distance walks: 

‘Terry Lynn’ long route or the ‘Eileen Lynn’ short route – both will take you on a journey in the upper Coquetdale and Cheviot hills, start and finish at the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton, Northumberland. 

Terry’s route this year will be approximately 22 miles in distance and involve over 4000 feet of climbing.

Eileen’s route this year will be approximately 16 miles in distance and involve over 2500 feet of climbing.

On the day of the event, you will receive a route card and a photocopy map giving details of the route. Checkpoints along the route must be visited before the closing time shown on the route card. Checkpoints can provide first aid and one or more will provide refreshments. Participants completing the event between 0800 and 2000 hours will be awarded, upon presentation of a completed route card, a certificate and souvenir mug.

Once again a souvenir T-Shirt of the event is available to order, payment extra to entry.

ENTER ONLINE – Cheviots Challenge Online Entry

Or if you prefer to post your entry and fee: 

Click here to print off an entry form and T-shirt order.

Click here to read our rules of entry and recommended equipment list.

If you would like to raise further funds for the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team in our Cheviots Challenge please download our sponsorship form.

Contact: cheviotschallenge@nnpmrt.org

We would like to thank the following for making the event possible:

  • Land owners and farmers in Upper Coquetdale, Breamish and Harthope Valleys.
  • The proprietors of the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton.
  • Northumberland National Park Rangers.
  • Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team members, their families and friends.
  • Great Outdoors Superstore, Shiremoor.
  • Vango Tents. 
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Dark Skies at Kielder Water & Forest Park

Deep in the heart of Northumberland you can experience a night sky which is out of this world

Europe's biggest Dark Sky Park to be created in Northumblerland
Europe’s biggest Dark Sky Park to be created in Northumblerland

 

According to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the star-studded skies above Kielder Water & Forest Park are the darkest in England.

Our skies are so truly dark, that together with Northumberland National Park and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society, we have been awarded Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Skies Association (IDA) in December 2013 – the highest accolade the IDA can give.

Our dark sky zone, known as Northumberland Dark Sky Park, is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe.

It is the first of its kind in England and one of the largest in the world, joining the likes of Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Parks in the USA.

The IDA are the leading international organisation working to combat light pollution worldwide. Becoming a Dark Sky Park means that our night skies will be kept free from light pollution and we can create more opportunities for people to be inspired by the stars.

It is estimated that 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky or experienced the sense of wonder that a clear night filled with billions of stars can give!

Kielder Water & Forest Park is a fantastic place for star gazing and home to Kielder Observatory, as seen on Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland.

Since the observatory opened in 2008 it has attracted nearly 30,000 people with its exciting programme of astronomical events throughout the year. See our events page for more information.

But you don’t just have to go to the observatory to see our star attractions!

Kielder campsite is filled twice a year by the Kielder Forest Star Camp which draws hundreds of observers from across the UK for five nights of stargazing. See the Kielder Observatory website for more information.

The best time for stargazing is during the autumn and winter months, when the nights draw in. Pack up your binoculars, a deckchair and a hot drink and sit back and enjoy a star-studded show. For more hints and tips on stargazing see our Northumberland Dark Sky Park leaflet.

It’s not just stargazers who benefit from the reduced light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is abundant with a variety of wildlife. The dark skies can enhance the habitat for many of our woodland species such as birds, bats, moths and insects.

For more information on Northumberland Dark Sky Park, go to www.visitnorthumberland.com, www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk and www.kielderobservatory.org.

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Kielder Safari December 2013

A selection of photos from out last 4×4 Safari of 2013

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Kielder Water & Forest Park officially the best tourism experience in England

Overlooking Kielder Water & Forest Park
Overlooking Kielder Water & Forest Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park won gold to be officially recognised as the best tourism experience in the country. The park won the prestigious honour at the VisitEngland  2013 Awards for Excellence held on May 20th at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Elisabeth Rowark, Director, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised as the very best tourism experience in the whole of the country and it was a great honour to represent North East England at these top national awards”.

“Our members across the Park in the last year have enjoyed an increase in the number of visitors to their attractions to nearly 370,000 and the best has yet to come”.

“This year will see exciting developments including our bid for Dark Sky Park status, growth of the art and architecture programme, capital developments across several of our visitor centres and an ever growing, action packed event programme that is attracting visitors from across the UK.”

Stacy Burlett, Head of Customer and Cultural Services for Northumberland County Council, said: “Tourism is a vital economic generator for our county providing 11% of our employment and an area the Council is committed to growing. We are proud to be a core partner on Kielder Water & Forest Park and celebrate its success as a key destination for Northumberland.”

Kate Priestly, Chair of Northumberland Tourism, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Kielder Water & Forest Park has been recognised in the National Tourism Awards as one of the must visit destinations in Northumberland”.

“More than nine million people visit the county each year contributing a staggering £706 million to our local economy”.
“There is no doubt that Kielder Water & Forest Park is an outstanding tourism experience, offering unrivalled events and playing a significant part in the success of tourism in Northumberland.”

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to www.visitkielder.com.