More tales from Northumberland: The Northumberland National Park
Published: Tuesday 24th Feb 2015
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
As More Tales From Northumberland returned to TV, Robson Green went deep into the wilderness, as he explored Northumberland National Park in all its glory.
He’s famed for his extreme fishing and love of adventurous activities, but even poor Robson was put through his paces as he headed out onto the hills to try his hand at one of Britain’s oldest, and toughest sports: Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling.
Meeting one of the well known local wrestling families, the Davidsons from Rothbury, Robson learned all about how the sport has been passed through the generations, and how it’s still going just as strong in the county today.
The rules are simple: two people are pitted against each other, hands clasped behind their backs, and whoever hits the deck first – or unclasps their hands first – loses.
It sounds easy enough, but Robson soon found out it’s nothing of the kind, as he was repeatedly beaten by the locals – some young enough to be his children or even grandchildren!
“This is a fantastic sport, anyone can have ago at and it’s part of our roots,” Robson said after his efforts.
“It’s great to see it being embraced by a new generation of young Northumbrians.”
You can find more information about Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling from the official association’s webpage: Events, Cumberland and Westmorland Style Wrestling
After that it was time for Robson to step even deeper into the wilderness, as he explored the Cheviot Hills.
Formed by volcanic lava flows millions of years ago, the Cheviots are situated in the north of the National Park less than an hour from Newcastle, marking the border with Scotland, and are famed for their rugged, wild landscape, which provide a tranquil escape to all who visit.
The Cheviots are the highest mountains in the north east of England, and the most northerly of these is College Valley. This is a truly remote, hidden valley, which thanks to the lack of tourist signposts and private roads with a limit of just ten cars allowed a day, will remain that way – all 12,000 acres plus.
Getting back to nature, it was the perfect place for Robson to set up camp for a night, spending a solitary few hours soaking in the true wonder of this remote but beautiful part of the world.
Learn more about the Cheviot Hills: The Cheviot Hills
Then it was time for Robson’s final visit this week, as he saw an altogether different side of the Northumberland National Park, venturing into The Otterburn Ranges, a military training camp.
With rare access granted, Robson got the unique chance to venture into parts of the camp that the general public are restricted from.
This vast training area is the second largest live firing range in the country and has been used for military training since 1911.
And during his visit, Robson learned not only about the story behind Ottterburn Ranges’ World War One training trenches, which are still visible today, but also how this camp was more recently used as a training base for troops to prepare for the conflicts in Afghanistan.
Who knew such a peaceful, tranquil part of the world could also serve such an important purpose for Britain’s military services?
Find out all about The Otterburn Ranges now: Otterburn Ranges
Next time on More Tales From Northumberland, Robson will be surprising us again with more hidden gems from the county, as he explores Northumberland’s longest river, the Coquet, heads across the bay to Coquet Island, and visits Warkworth Hermitage, an ancient chapel accessible only by boat.
* If you’ve been inspired by the stunning landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland, why not book a trip there now with Grace Darling Holidays? https://www.gracedarlingholidays.com/
* More Tales From Northumberland is on ITV on Monday nights, or you can catch up on the ITV Player Episode 2