Robson Green Uncovers More Local Gems In More Tales From Northumberland
Published: Monday 23rd Feb 2015
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Robson Green has kicked off the second series of Tales From Northumberland – aptly titled More Tales From Northumberland – showcasing even more gems from this fascinating and beautiful English county.
As a local himself, Robson was delighted to delve deeper into the history and heritage of place he was raised, and it wasn’t long before the TV star realised he’d only scratched the surface of this wonderful part of the world in the first series of the factual programme.
“I thought I’d seen and done it all. How wrong I was,” Robson explained, as he got ready for the second time to learn more about some of Northumberland’s best kept secrets and hidden gems.
With more than 100 miles of coastline, Northumberland has always been largely defined by the sea, so it was only apt that the television star began his explorations there this time round: slap bang in the middle of the North Sea.
Heading out with Ben Burville, a local GP and marine biology enthusiast, the pair began their search for white-beaked dolphins, a fascinating but elusive sea mammal.
Travellers come from all over every year with the very same aim, and while it took the pair hours to spot the dolphins – seemingly determined to maintain their aforementioned elusive reputation – it was all worth the wait.
“Wow, what a sight. They’re strong, powerful swimmers and love swimming in the waves at the bow of the boat,” an overwhelmed Robson said as he took in the sight of ten to 15 of the creatures surrounding them.
And dolphin-spotting wasn’t where Robson’s explorations of the North Sea ended; later on he headed along to Druridge Bay to join a group of secret skinny-dippers for a very cold nude swim at sunrise.
Left freezing but exhilarated, Robson suggested “everyone should do it once in their lifetime”. We’re not sure we’re brave enough!
The return of the factual travel show also saw Robson visit Cragside, a National Trust property near Rothbury, which was at one point the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong.
A true wonder of the Victorian age, Cragside started off as a modest 12-room hunting lodge which, over the space of 40 years Lord Armstrong transformed, by planting over seven million trees and shrubs, excavating five new fishing lakes, commissioning a six tonne iron foot bridge – and turning the country home into a mansion of over 100 rooms. Impressive stuff!
It was also, amazingly, the first house in the world to be powered by hydroelectricity.
In 1878 Lord Armstrong used the water from the lakes on the estate to generate electricity through a turbine.
And in More Tales From Northumberland Robson helped history to repeat itself, as he switched on a new turbine system called the ‘Archimedes Screw’, relighting Cragside House in the same way as Lord Armstrong did all those years ago.
Expectations predict that the screw will provide about 10% of the attraction’s electricity over the year.
Why not find out more about the Archimedes Screw by visiting Cragside yourself? http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/
In the next episode of More Tales From Northumberland, Robson learns all about Northumberland National Park.