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Walk of the Week: Craster and Howick Hall

Explore the best of the Northumberland coast on this 6-mile circular route.

What not to miss in Newcastle, Gateshead and Tyneside

The culture hub of the North East offers a wealth of attractions.

A hiker’s paradise: 5 of the best Northumberland walks

When it comes to walks, Northumberland has almost too much on offer.

The Tyne Valley & into the North Pennines

Gemma Hall shares her picks for accommodation in the Tyne Valley and the North Pennines.

Hadrian’s Wall Country

The best accommodation in Hadrian's Wall Country.

Rapper sword dancing

Gemma Hall finds out more about this traditional form of dancing still popular in the North East.

Northumbrian folk music traditions

Geoff Heslop tells us about the rich traditions of music in the northeast of England.
Gemma Hall (www.gemmahall.co.uk) is a freelance travel, nature and heritage writer from the North East who began her career in journalism in the early noughties writing for BBC publications and as a staff writer/deputy editor for the National Trust. Alongside writing and her professional photography work, she spent ten years co-ordinating conservation projects abroad with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and, in Northumberland, for the RSPB. Gemma has written for many national publications on natural history, Britain’s heritage and travel including for BBC Countryfile, BBC Wildlife, BBC Homes & Antiques and the National Trust and RSPB members magazines. She has also produced tens of walking guides for the National Trust and writes historic property guidebooks. Gemma is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and in 2012 wrote the first Bradt travel guide to northeast England, Slow Northumberland & Durham. Most recently she contributed to Alastair Sawday’s food and travel guide: The Extra Mile.

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The Tyne Valley & into the North Pennines

Gemma Hall shares her picks for accommodation in the Tyne Valley and the North Pennines.

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Hadrian’s Wall Country

The best accommodation in Hadrian’s Wall Country.

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Morpeth & Capability Brown Country

Expert author, Gemma Hall, shares her picks of the best accommodation on offer in Morpeth and Capability Brown Country.

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Northumberland National Park & Kielder Forest

Expert author, Gemma Hall, shares her picks of the best accommodation in Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest.

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Berwick, the Tweed & Glendale

Expert author, Gemma Hall, shares her picks of the best accommodation in Berwick, the Tweed & Glendale.

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The Northumberland coast

Expert author, Gemma Hall, shares her picks of the best accommodation on offer along the Northumberland coast.

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Newcastle, Gateshead & the North Tyneside coast

Expert author, Gemma Hall, shares her picks of the best accommodation in Newcastle, Gateshead and along the North Tyneside Coast.

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Walking/cycling from Alston to the source of the Tyne

Walk or cycle to the source of the Tyne and explore the moorland and waterfalls of the North Pennines.

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Rennington Scarecrow Festival

Gemma Hall finds out more about this fun bank holiday festival.

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Craster, Howick Hall & beach circular walk

This Northumberland coastal walk has it all: woodland, historic gardens, beautiful beaches and a stop for afternoon tea!

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