Further Tales From Northumberland: the mighty River Tyne
Published: Tuesday 5th Apr 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Rive Tyne is much more than a mere river; it’s a thing of beauty, surrounded by wildlife, and stepped in history and tradition, inspiring songwriters and poets, which has helped crate sporting heroes, and driven the industrial revolution.
It’s no great surprise therefore it became the latest focus for Robson Green, in the TV programme Further Tales From Northumberland, as he followed the route of this mighty waterway.
Robson began his travels close to the border with Scotland at Kielder Water and Forest Park, learning how this man-made reservoir, capable of holding 200 billion litres of water, gave the area a massive boost through job creation, electricity production and tourism. Learn more about Kielder Water and Forest Park: http://www.visitkielder.com/
But the great work of the reservoir came at a cost, decimating some vital spawning grounds for the local salmon. Luckily, the opening of Kielder Salmon Centre in 1979 helped boost the supplies, and today impressively River Tyne is rated England’s ‘best salmon river’. Find out more about Kielder Salmon Centre: http://www.visitkielder.com/visit/kielder-salmon-centre
While there, Robson also learned more about the Kielder osprey chicks in the forest, and the important work that goes into ‘ringing’ and monitoring the birds throughout their lifetime.
Ospreys were declared extinct in 1840 before being reintroduced to the Scottish Highlands in the 1950s. The birds eventually found their way back to England, so ensuring their safety and welfare is incredibly important. You can find out more about the Kielder ospreys here: https://kielderospreys.wordpress.com/
Continuing his travels down the route of the River Tyne, Robson ended up at Cherryburn, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick, a wood engraver and naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England, and is often referred to as Northumberland’s greatest artist.
Thomas’s way of engraving wood could rival the fine detail of metal engraving, because instead of using wood cut along the grain, he used blocks of wood which had been cut across, enabling it to withstand intricate cutting required for detailed print images.
Inspired by the stunning surroundings, Thomas’s work gave a fascinating snapshot into life on the River Tyne, and Robson got the chance to explore some of his pieces during a trip to the National Trust venue. Check out this link if you fancy visiting the National Trust venue: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cherryburn
Robson’s final stop this week concluded on the River Tyne itself, as he joined the Tyne Rowing Club for a session on the water, learning all about the story of the great North-East rower Harry Clasper while he was at it. See how he got on by catching up with Further Tales From Northumberland on the ITV Hub. http://www.itv.com/hub/itv
You can also find out more about the club here: http://www.tynerowingclub.org/
Next week on Further Tales From Northumberland Robson will be trying his hand at making Roman pottery, and learning all about a poison garden in the county.
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