Across the North: Walking, Off-Peak Visitors, and Royalty on the Northumberland Coast

by David Murray on 20 July 2012

in Northern England

First a sad story, and another reminder of the need to take care on the mountains. We've often here stressed the importance of map and compass, and the knowledge of how to use them. Being properly equipped when going into potentially dangerous areas is critical, and today boots are highlighted. One of the difficulties I personally have faced over the years (and not only when still young and foolhardy) is to remember that the mountain safety cautions apply to me, and not only to other people.

Worn out boots blamed for Lakes tragedy

"The importance of having good walking boots and replacing old pairs when they cease to be useful has been emphasised in an inquest following a Lake District tragedy.  … GO Outdoors"
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On a much brighter note it's good to see a team of young people from the South West coming up north to walk Hadrian's Wall to raise funds for "Walking With The Wounded".

Cadets to tackle Hadrian's Wall

"Between the 25th and the 30th July 2012 an expedition team from Devon Army Cadet Force B Company will walk the length of Hadrian’s wall on the border between England and Scotland in order to raise funds for Walking with the Wounded."
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Moving across country to the North York Moors National Park I see that there's to be an effort to increase the number of visitors staying overnight within the Park area, especially in off-peak periods. I may be contradicted by enthusiasts for the area but it seems to me that this is one of the least known national parks. It deserves to be better known. The walking is splendid, without needing the level of fitness required for the more mountainous terrain in much of say the Lake District or the Peak District.

North York Moors park bosses aim to attract more tourists

"… York Moors park bosses aim to attract more tourists. 2:12pm Wednesday 4th July 2012 in Ryedale news. Plans to increase the numbers of tourists and sheep on the North York Moors National Park have been included in the park's new management plan."
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Looking again at that article I see that they want more sheep on the moors – great, valuing the sheep farmer; rather different from the Lake District where they're trying to reduce the numbers and turn farmers into landscape managers ('Nuff said!).

And now in closing, a bit of royalty news from the wonderful Northumberland coast. 

Prince of Wales to visit Northumberland coast

"Prince Charles will spend 23 and 24 July in the county staying at Alnwick Castle as a guest of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. He will visit a number of coastal locations including Warkworth, Amble, Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Seahouses. … BBC News"
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