Further Tales From Northumberland: exploring the border
Published: Tuesday 22nd Mar 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Robson Green continued his travels around his home county this week, in the fourth episode of Further Tales From Northumberland, exploring the area’s border with its next door neighbour, Scotland.
Border country was once the setting of bloodshed and war but today it’s hard to find a more tranquil spot, not least at Chain Bridge Honey Farm in Berwick-upon-Tweed, which was Robson’s first stop.
The family farm business was founded in 1948 and continues to flourish today, as Robson learned, with honey and by-products including candles and soap putting this farm well and truly on the map.
Find out more about Chain Bridge Honey Farm here: http://www.chainbridgehoney.co.uk/
After a go at beekeeping – with some trepidation! – Robson moved onto Kielder Forest: a forest that might be man-made but truly is a natural wonder. Home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe, at over 250 square miles, Kielder is the largest working forest in England.
This forest produces a huge amount of timber each year, but aside from this it is also famous for something else: its amazing mountain bike trails, including the Deadwater Fell trail featured in Further Tales from Northumberland.
Fancy giving the trails ago? Check out the Kielder Forest website: http://www.visitkielder.com/
Also featured on the latest episode of the show, Robson found out all about the origins of one of Britain’s most popular breeds of dog, The Border Terrier, and its ties to Northumberland.
And he headed to the Hexham Racecourse to meet a mother and son team who are doing all they can to make their names in the competitive world of horseracing.
If you fancy a flutter while in Hexham, visit the racecourse’s website: http://www.hexham-racecourse.co.uk
Next time on the programme Robson will be following the route of St Oswald’s Way, and trying his hand auctioneering at one of England’s oldest cattle marts.
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