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Autumn colours, Northumberland National Park

The lovely autumn colours of 2018 are beginning to fade, as the leaves continue to fall. This is one of my favourite times of the year. The last week of October and the first week of November see the climax of the autumn in Northumberland before the days become ever shorter and the landscape changes into the more subdued colours of winter. This view looks across the North Tyne valley near Bellingham, towards Callerhues Crags, with the Hesleyside woods in the foreground, and is in the 2019 Seasons of Northumberland calendar. I’ve heard rumours of a cold winter ahead and am looking forward to some fine frosty days after this very mild autumn. This weekend I’ll be at the Christmas Fair at The Sill on Hadrian’s Wall, the National Landscape Discovery Centre – hope to see you there!

Autumn light

After a long a slow build up, the autumn colours are at last looking pretty good, even though it is so late in the year and the leaf fall is well advanced. Autumn in Northumberland is a week or two late this year but the last few days have seen some cold nights and bright sunny days and this has enhanced the colours. So there are some new photos in the bag for future Seasons of Northumberland calendars. It’s always good to get out of my office and to spend some time in nature, here in the North Tyne valley in Northumberland National Park.

New Christmas card designs 2017

The new cards are arriving tomorrow, after some delay at the printers. There are now fifty designs available in the Northumberland Winter Christmas card range, covering Hadrian’s Wall, the North and South Tyne valleys, Cheviot Hills, Simonside Hills, the Northumberland Coast and castle – Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh, Alnwick – the ever popular red squirrel, Northumberland National Park, Kielder, Hexham, and Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. This image shows a lone ash tree on the fells near Bellingham on a snowy winter evening.

Northumberland Winter

Early days yet, but for those who are looking out for distinctive Christmas cards, there are more than forty designs available in the Northumberland Winter card range. They are supplied in packs of ten cards, with subjects ranging from Hadrian’s Wall to the Northumberland Coast, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Alnwick Castles, the North Tyne, South Tyne and Coquet valleys, Kielder, red squirrels, and winter scenes across the Northumberland National Park.

Northumberland greeting cards

Greeting cards for everyday use, depicting Northumberland through the seasons of the year, are available from shops across the region, and also from this website. The images include many of the popular landmarks across Northumberland, such as Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland National Park, Cheviot Hills, Simonside Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, Sycamore Gap, Housesteads Crags, Crag Lough, Caw Gap, Milecastle 39, Hexham, Kielder, Hareshaw Linn, North Tyne valley, and wildlife such as puffins and red squirrels.

Single greeting card with envelope, cellophane wrapped,  210 x 148mm, blank inside for your own message.

North Sea surf  pounds the beach at Embleton Bay, below the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. This is the largest castle in Northumberland, dating from the early fourteenth century.

The land of far horizons: greeting cards

Greeting cards for everyday use, depicting Northumberland through the seasons of the year, are available from shops across the region, and also from this website. The images include many of the popular landmarks across Northumberland, such as Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland National Park, Cheviot Hills, Simonside Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, Sycamore Gap, Housesteads Crags, Crag Lough, Caw Gap, Milecastle 39, Hexham, Kielder, Hareshaw Linn, North Tyne valley, and wildlife such as puffins and red squirrels. The cards are supplied with a mailing envelope, in a protective cellophane sleeve, and are A5 size (148 x 210mm), blank inside for your own greeting.

Hadrian’s Wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Roman Empire, and dates from AD 122, during the rule of the emperor Hadrian. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The best preserved remains of the wall are situated along a conspicuous geological feature known as the Whin Sill, a tabular layer of  igneous dolerite rock in the north east of England. Housesteads Crags, close to the famous Housesteads Roman Fort, look spectacular on a fine winter’s day with snow lying.

 

Northumberland greeting cards

Greeting cards for everyday use, depicting Northumberland through the seasons of the year, are available from shops across the region, and also from this website. The images include many of the popular landmarks across Northumberland, such as Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland National Park, Cheviot Hills, Simonside Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, Sycamore Gap, Housesteads Crags, Crag Lough, Caw Gap, Milecastle 39, Hexham, Kielder, Hareshaw Linn, North Tyne valley, and wildlife such as puffins and red squirrels. The cards are supplied with a mailing envelope, in a protective cellophane sleeve, and are A5 size (148 x 210mm), blank inside for your own greeting.

Alnwick Castle is often regarded as the best medieval castle in northern England. It dates from the 11th century and has been the seat of the Percy family and the Dukes of Northumberland, for 700 years. Swans are often seen in the River Aln, flowing from the Cheviot Hills to the North Sea.

 

 

Seasons of Northumberland calendar 2017

There are still a few calendars in stock and more than eleven moths of 2017 remaining. This calendar is the ideal size for mailing to friends and family. The size is a 23 x23 cm, so it fits within the 25 cm width dimension for the Royal Mail’s  ‘large letter’ rate, and is therefore is very economical to send by post.  There is a full page date grid and a full page image for each month of the year. For 2017, the images include the Northumberland National Park, North Tyne valley, Simonside Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, Breamish valley, Alnwick Castle, and Rumbling Kern. The calendar is available at many retail outlets across the north east of England, and can be ordered online from this website.

Northumberland : the land of far horizons greeting cards

Greeting cards for everyday use, depicting Northumberland through the seasons of the year, are available from shops across the region, and also from this website. The images include many of the popular landmarks across Northumberland, such as Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland National Park, Cheviot Hills, Simonside Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, Sycamore Gap, Housesteads Crags, Crag Lough, Caw Gap, Milecastle 39, Hexham, Kielder, Hareshaw Linn, North Tyne valley, and wildlife such as puffins and red squirrels. The cards are supplied with a mailing envelope, in a protective cellophane sleeve, and are A5 size (148 x 210mm), blank inside for your own greeting.

The Cheviot (815m), an ancient extinct volcano, is the highest point in the Cheviot Hills and the wild moors and uplands of Northumberland, which continue northwards across the Scottish border. The huge sweeping skies and far horizons, so typical of the Northumberland hills, can be well seen in this view from Battle Hill near Elsdon.

 

 

Seasons of Northumberland

There are still some Seasons of Northumberland 2017 calendars available.  For 2017, the images include the Northumberland National Park, North Tyne valley, Simonside Hills, Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, Breamish valley, Alnwick Castle, and Rumbling Kern. The calendar is available at many retail outlets across the north east of England, and can be ordered online from this website. There is a full page date grid and a full page image for each month of the year.