April’s event started with a welcome return to The Duke’s Pantry at Kielder Castle for breakfast and sorting paperwork, the Mountain Rescue team also brought their brand new vehicle with them to show off to the the capacity entry for the Safari. By taking part in the Kielder 4×4 Safari you have helped towards the huge cost of buying and equipping the new vehicle, and the Mountain Rescue Team would like to thank all those who support our event and those who support the Team directly as without your support they would not be able to operate.
Making a début on this event also was Kielder 4×4 Safari’s new (to us) support vehicle, the white Land Rover Defender 110 has been retired from an active serving Mountain Rescue vehicle and will now be used by the Safari as a support vehicle on events and also keep an eye out for it at some of the local shows in the summer where we will be doing more fund raising.
As we were fully booked for the event we had to split the cars into two groups, which meant two convoys, each doing a separate route, then meeting up at the Dam at lunchtime and then the convoys switched routes in the afternoon. We had a mixture of surfaces to deal with, from the snow on the higher ground, some muddy trails and we even had to contend with dust on convoy two’s run back to the castle.
We had quite a few new faces on this event and from talking to people at the end everybody seems to have enjoyed themselves and we would love to welcome you back at a future event, this welcome of course is also extended to our regular visitors, some of who have supported us for a long time.
If this sounds like something you would like to experience then why not head over to our bookings page and sign up for the next Safari on Saturday 18th May 2013
If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch, you can find our details on the Contact Page
The Kielder 4×4 Safari proceeds go to Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. Registered Charity 511313.
As we reported on our Facebook page, the Kielder Osprey’s had been spotted in and around the area. Well, today they have been spotted on the two nesting sites which are visible via a live camera link up to the Dukes Pantry. Only single Osprey’s have been sighted, a male and a female but they have visited both nesting sites so hopefully their breeding partners will be arriving soon. Osprey’s returned to Kielder in 2009 after a 200 year absence, at first there was only one breeding pair but in 2011 another pair has since joined them.
As the Osprey’s get ready to breed and hopefully raise their young the Kielder 4×4 Safari likes to give them a bit of peace and quiet to give them the best possible chance, so the Wainhope Quarry and a few of the other tracks that we use in the area will be out of bounds until the Osprey’s leave usually around mid September. But, don’t worry Kielder Forest is the largest man-made woodland in England so there are plenty of other tracks available to us.
The Dukes Pantry, which is our normal meeting place to check documentation and of course have breakfast normally has a live video link to the two nesting sights so hopefully you will be able to catch a glimpse of these magnificent birds.
Whilst doing a bit of work behind the scenes on the Kielder 4×4 Safari website I happened to have a Google Analytics window open on the 2nd monitor on my computer. Google Analytics is the system we use to monitor how many people are visiting our website and what people are searching for when they visit us, this helps us make sure that the website is getting out to our target audience.
Well imagine my surprise when I noticed a new visitor on the site but their location was moving across the Indian Ocean and across Australia, so I clicked on it and this is what I saw
Were the International Space Station really interested in coming out with us to drive the trails around Kielder Forest as their next mission?
Was NASA wanting to test their new Mars Rover on the Kielder 4×4 Safari?
Excitedly, I clicked on the link to see what The International Space Station was looking at, what could be of interest to our orbiting friends?
As I was clicking on the link to see which page they were looking at it all dropped into place.
Thanks Google you had me going there, as you can see in the image the page they were looking at is ‘April Fool’s’ and there are 41 visitors on the page which I assume is the way that the USA write their dates 4/1
The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team took delivery of a brand new vehicle this week which will be known as ‘Curlew Delta’. The new vehicle will replace ‘Curlew X-Ray’, which will be retired from active service as a rescue vehicle and will hopefully become a fund raising/support vehicle for the team, so you may well see it on future Kielder 4×4 Safari events.
The new vehicle is a Land Rover Defender 110, which was supplied and fitted out by Lakeland Land Rover. The fully equipped rescue ambulance is now ready and awaiting its first call to action along with ‘Curlew Charlie’. The funds raised by the Kielder 4×4 Safari have helped towards the huge cost of buying and equipping a new vehicle, and the Mountain Rescue Team would like to thank all those who support our event and those who support the Team directly as without your support they would not be able to operate.
Please visit http://www.nnpmrt.org/ for more information on The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team
We are looking at running an evening/night event which would maybe include stopping at the excellent Kielder Observatory or finding a high point and trying to see the Northern Lights. With its remote location the Kielder Forest and Water Park is the ideal place for star gazing as the area has very little light pollution.
In fact Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and Northumberland National Park Authority are working together with the aim of securing dark sky status for nearly 400 square miles of spectacular Northumberland countryside in what would become the world’s third largest area of protected starry dark sky.
If this sounds like something you would like to take part in why not pop over to our Facebook Page and let us know if you are interested and we would welcome any comments or thoughts you may have.
When we arrived at Kielder Forest and Water park early on the morning of our February event we were greeted with a blanket of mist covering the reservoir and filling the valley, most of the snow had disappeared from the lower parts of the forest but was still visible on the hilltops. We also had a new meeting venue for breakfast as the Duke’s Pantry is still undergoing its renovations at the Castle. The new meeting place was The Boat Inn at Leaplish Waterside Park and the staff provided a great welcome and a very filling breakfast which was eaten overlooking the perfectly still reservoir.
The first Kielder 4×4 Safari of 2013 took place yesterday in a very cold and snowy Kielder Forest in Northumberland. With the Dukes Pantry closed for refurbishment we met for breakfast and signing on at The Boe Rigg just outside Bellingham. Once everybody was fed and the briefing had taken place we headed off into the forest, with about a dozen cars in the convoy, because the Safari has access to tracks not normally available to the public we were literally creating our own tracks in the virgin snow! At times Ian in the lead car had difficulty knowing where the track was so we had to proceed with caution but luckily we made it through the morning session without incident and headed back to Kielder Castle for lunch.