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Old August 6th, 2014, 02:22 PM   #21
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Businesses urged to cash in on Northumberland's dark skies

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Businesses urged to cash in on Northumberland's dark skies
Aug 06, 2014 11:50 By Tony Henderson



Businesses are being urged to prepare to take advantage of the North East’s dark starry skies.

Astro-tourism is a rapidly expanding sector for local accommodation providers, many of whom have reported increasing numbers of visitors to the region to enjoy stargazing breaks. Now more Stars for Profit training workshops are to be laid on to help businesses cash in. The sessions are part of the Animating Dark Skies Partnership, funded by DEFRA through the Northern Lands programme, to help develop the stargazing tourism sector.

“This is the first full observing season since Northumberland became one of the world’s biggest designated dark sky areas,” said Richard Darn, training leader and amateur astronomer. We know many businesses have already seen the benefit in terms of additional bookings, but we need to raise our game again to ensure our world-class skies are matched by a world-class welcome. This a tremendous opportunity for tourism businesses to exploit our most natural asset – unforgettable starry skies.”

Last December the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – Europe’s largest stretching for nearly 580 square miles (15,000 square kilometres) between the Border and Hadrian’s Wall – was created. The neighbouring North Pennines AONB is also working to expand its UK-leading network of dark sky discovery sites.

Training workshops are being stage at: Slaggyford, Northumberland, September 15; Once Brewed National Park Visitor Centre, Northumberland, September 16; Kielder Castle, Northumberland, October 21; Elsdon, Northumberland, October 27; Bowlees Visitor Centre, County Durham, October 28; Harbottle, Northumberland, November 10; Allendale, Northumberland, November 11; Stonehaugh, Northumberland, November 18.

For details on how to book places visit www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk and click on dark skies. Alternatively contact Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038, or email [email protected]

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Kielder Castle - Volume 1

These images of the Grade II Listed Kielder Castle were taken 10th July 2014.

Originally built as a hunting lodge/shooting box for the Duke of Northumberland and designed by Newcastle architect William Newton in 1775. Much modified in the years since 1775, finally concluded by a Gothic extension in 1926.

Converted into a visitor centre, exhibition and cafe in the 1980's and 1990's.

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Description: Kielder Castle

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 January 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 239684

OS Grid Reference: NY6319593446
OS Grid Coordinates: 363195, 593446
Latitude/Longitude: 55.2338, -2.5802

Locality: Kielder
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE48 1ER

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Shooting box now used as cafe and visitors' centre. 1775 by William Newton for the Duke of Northumberland and from a design of the Duke's own.

Altered mid C19 by the Alnwick Castle estate office and again in 1926.

Ashlar with Welsh slate roof. Earlier work in Gothick style. C19 parts in Tudor style.

A courtyard house. Mid-C19 irregular south front. To left a large castellated 3-storey section with canted oriel window and several paired lancets; projecting from this an extension of 1926 in Gothic style. Recessed L-plan section to right has C18 masonry, plinth and string course but C19 detail including round- headed doorway and 2-light mullioned windows; gabled roof with kneelers.

Right return 5 bays. Left 2 bays in Tudor style. Right 3 bays have 6-pane sashes under hood moulds on ground floor, 9-pane sashes with Tudor-arched heads and intersecting glazing bars on first floor. Left return has similar detail but irregular openings.

Rear five bays with central tall round-headed carriage arch under gable, two- bay, single-storey linking ranges and two-storey, cross gabled end bays with Gothic windows. Centre and end bays were formerly castellated.

Interior has 2 staircases with stick balusters. Several 6-panel doors and internal shutters.

Diary of Charles Richardson, and records of payments to William Newton held among Alnwick Castle records, establish Newton as the architect.

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Kielder Castle - Volume 2

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Tyneside artist Matt Stokes re-creates wartime life at Kielder event

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Tyneside artist Matt Stokes re-creates wartime life at Kielder event
Sep 04, 2014 12:00 By Sam Wonfor



For Blaydon-based artist Matt Stokes, bringing past events back to life is a serious matter.

Matt’s practice focuses on history, social phenomena and collaboration as a catalyst for his art, often exploring subjects that have been forgotten or overlooked. In October, Matt will stage a unique event at Kielder Water & Forest Park by bringing alive a little-known piece of Northumberland’s fascinating history through an immersive form of art.

Following research in local archives, Matt discovered an unusual piece of Kielder’s wartime history which will become the basis of this project, commissioned by Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust through its Art & Architecture programme. It may come as a surprise to many people that during the Second World War, the park was once home to a unique rehabilitation centre in Lewisburn, close to the River North Tyne. Named HMS Standard, the centre was used by the Royal Navy to help recovery service personnel diagnosed with a variety of psychiatric conditions return to active service.

In the LARP at Kielder, participants will re-imagine the experiences of the people and atmosphere of the place and period. Speaking about his project, titled Stone Frigate (a term given to onshore Royal Navy bases), Matt said: “I hope that the Stone Frigate offers people the opportunity to get involved in and engage with something they might not have experienced – whether they are ‘LARPers’ or not – as well as helping to reinvigorate knowledge about an intriguing and important part of Kielder’s history.”

Kielder Art & Architecture is interested in hearing from anyone who may have living memories or information connected to HMS Standard. It is also seeking participants to take part in the actual LARP, which will run from Friday, October 25 until Sunday, October 27 – including looking for volunteers to help with the preparation and behind-the-scenes action during the event. To sign up for the LARP or for more information about getting involved, email [email protected]

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Royal Family representative Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison dies aged 88

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Royal Family representative Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison dies aged 88
Sep 05, 2014 19:00 By Brian Daniel


Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother unveils a plaque at Tyne Tees Television with chairman Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison on 14 June 1989

A one time representative in the North East for the Royal Family and a visionary in the creation of Kielder Water has died. Sir Ralph died late last month, on August 26. His funeral took place at Eglingham near Alnwick on Thursday, while a memorial service is to be arranged at Newcastle.

Sir Ralph Carr-Ellison, who welcomed the Queen and other royals to the region as Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear and was chairman of the Northumbrian Water Authority when Kielder Water was built, has died aged 88.

He was born at Beanley on his family’s Hedgeley Estate, near Alnwick in Northumberland, where he lived all his life. Sir Ralph went to boarding school in the South of England before joining the army towards the end of the Second World War, initially with the Royal Dragoons and later the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. He was in training for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. Sir Ralph served in the army until 1949, in Austria and Germany. Thereon, he looked after the farm estate, up until around the mid 1980s. Sir Ralph had a long career with the Northumberland Hussars, a part time regiment of the Territorial Army that became the Queen’s Own Yeomanry, from 1949 to the 1990s, ending up as a Colonel Commandant.

He was the chairman of Northumbrian Water Authority when it built Kielder Water in the 1970s. Sir Ralph was left partially disabled after he was in a tunnel which collapsed during a visit to wish workers a happy Christmas, in the Pennines in 1979. He also acted as Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, serving as the Royals’ representative in the area, from 1984 to 2000. In this role, Sir Ralph welcomed the Queen, the Queen Mother and the Duke and Duchess of Kent to the area.

Sir Ralph would also be involved in the creation of the regional development agency One NorthEast in later life.

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Kielder marathon set to return this weekend for the fifth time

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Kielder marathon set to return this weekend for the fifth time
Oct 01, 2014 16:01 By Adam Luke



A North East marathon dubbed the most beautiful in Britain is set to return this weekend.

The fifth annual Kielder Marathon in Kielder Water and Forest Park will be held on Sunday, providing the finale to a series of races in which up to 2,500 runners are expected to take part.

The off-road route of 26.2 miles takes participants around Northumbrian Water’s Kielder Reservoir - northern Europe’s largest man-made lake - offering stunning scenery along the way. But action starts with the Kielder 10K and Run Bike Run on Saturday, followed by the Kielder Junior races on Sunday morning ahead of the big event.

Race Director and world record holder Steve Cram said: “It’s so great to have Britain’s most beautiful marathon on our doorstep. The course is certainly a challenging one but the breath-taking views are worth every step of every mile. Entries are now closed for all of our Run Kielder events and the team are raring to go, ahead of what will prove to be yet another exciting weekend. This will be the fifth running of Kielder Marathon weekend and we’re expecting over 2,500 people to take part across all four events with just as many spectators enjoying such a stunning location.”

The marathon, featuring new headline sponsors Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council, starts at 10.15am on Sunday at Leaplish Waterside Park - where it also finishes - running along Lakeside Way.

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Kielder Marathon 2014: Gosforth runner Ceri Rees wins for the third year in a row

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Kielder Marathon 2014: Gosforth runner Ceri Rees wins for the third year in a row
Oct 05, 2014 17:38 By Mike Kelly



Runner Ceri Rees yesterday won the Kielder Marathon for the third year in a row.

Ceri, 41, originally from Gosforth in Newcastle but now living in Devon, beat his time from last year, completing the marathon in 2hr 39min 43sec. He said: “The atmosphere today was really good. Kielder marathon doesn’t get any easier but it’s not about winning – it’s more about getting round the course. Kielder is beautiful and the course definitely helps the miles go faster. As far as trail running goes, its right up there as one of Britain’s most beautiful.”

Myra Jones, 31, from Moortown, Leeds and a member of Valley Striders Athletics Club, was the first female to cross the finishing line. Myra, who travelled up especially for the marathon, completed it in 3hr 17min and 58sec.

The 2014 Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon, hosted by Northumbrian Water, is now in its 5th year. It has been dubbed Britain’s most picturesque and it was easy to see why as around 1,000 runners made their way around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water.

The day also saw a number of children involved in the day with the under 16s races. The Kielder Junior Runs include the Osprey (880m race for children aged seven to nine, the Roman Mile (1.48km race for children aged ten to twelve) and the Centurion (2.5km race for children ages thirteen to fifteen). Tynedale Harrier, 15-year-old Jaycee Shotton from Ovingham, Northumberland was thrilled to have won the Centurion. He said: “I’m really pleased. I set out to win and tried my best. When I was running though I didn’t even notice I was first!

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Duchess of Northumberland attends service to dedicate village war memorial

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Oct 20, 2014 08:03 By Kate Proctor


The Duchess of Northumberland at the Parish Church of St Peter, Falstone for the dedication of a new war memorial

Decades have passed but the men of a rural Northumberland parish who died serving their country now have a fitting memorial.

Soldiers from the North Tyne valley, many of whom were from villages now submerged beneath Kielder Water, have had their names engraved on a brass plaque.

With standing room only at St Peter’s Church in Falstone yesterday, a special dedication service was held to present the memorial with the Duchess of Northumberland and Hexham MP Guy Opperman attending as special guests.

Jill Goodfellow, a nurse at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and who is warden of St Peter’s was inspired to fundraise for the new plaque after seeing the name of her own relative David Jackson languishing unnoticed on a piece of paper on the church wall. She said: “There has been a piece of paper with names on in a frame but St Peter’s doesn’t have an official war memorial and I thought with it being 100 years since the start of the World War One, the men needed a more fitting tribute. The new plaque says ‘Salute the glorious dead who went out and returned not’.”

Earlier this year Jill started fundraising the £1,000 needed for the new plaque with her partner Alan Swaile, 57, a coal merchant.

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Mountain Bike 'black runs' upgraded at Kielder Forest

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Mountain Bike 'black runs' upgraded at Kielder Forest
Oct 21, 2014 13:00 By Tony Henderson


Daredevil mountain bikers try out new mountain bike trails at Kielder Forest

Two new biking sections will be opened as England’s largest trail centre gets into gear for a major event this weekend.

The hub for the Kielder Big Bike Weekend will be the Forestry Commission’s Kielder Castle Visitor Centre in Kielder Water and Forest Park.

The weekend will see the opening of new sections on the red and black graded Deadwater Trail including the downhill section, known as Forrest Dive. The spectacular trail climbs to the 1,900 foot summit of Deadwater Fell which straddles the English/Scottish border and gives 360 degree views from coast to coast.

The trail work was funded by the Northern Lands project and the trail building has been supported by the Kielder Trail Reavers and Northern Downhill as well as volunteers from Natural England who have worked with the Forestry Commission on the trail construction through a series of trail building days from April.

Alex MacLennan, recreation and public affairs manager for the Forestry Commission in the North East, said: “This has been a fantastic partnership project, from the funding coming through the Northern Lands project to the invaluable support from the Kielder Trail Reavers and Northern Downhill as well as other volunteer parties. We have also have held a number of corporate volunteer days with staff from local companies joining the Forestry Commission rangers to work on the trail improvements. The new sections add a new dimension to the trail network and having mountain bikers involved in the build has really made it a trail for mountain bike enthusiasts. We are already planning a whole new set of exciting events on these trails this winter and into 2015.”

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Sound recordist Chris Watson takes groups on Kielder Forest expeditions

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Sound recordist Chris Watson takes groups on Kielder Forest expeditions
Oct 22, 2014 19:00 By Tony Henderson


Chris Watson in Kielder Forest

Groups will be led into a Northumberland forest for a rendezvous with ravens.

The event are being led by top sound recordist Chris Watson, who lives in Newcastle. A coach will take people from Newcastle to the event at Kielder Water and Forest Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There they will listen to a sound installation composed by Chris and produced by Iain Pate.

Their multi-channel, spatialised sound installation features the recorded conversations of thousands of ravens returning to roost. Commissioned through the Jerwood Open Forest initiative, the events will see groups led at twilight on a short walk into the deepest part of the forest. Settling down as darkness falls, participants will hear the sounds the ravens arriving in the canopy overhead to begin their conversations.

Chris Watson’s composition starts with the calls of distant ravens and concludes with a full raven roost overhead. The work celebrates the return of ravens to the forest, making a connection back to Norse mythology, allowing people to discover the lore and legend surrounding the birds. Chris is a sound recordist for film, TV and radio. He specialises in natural history and has worked on programmes such as David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet and the Life of Birds.

Two commissions were awarded in February - the other went to a project at Alice Holt Forest in Surrey On Friday and Saturday, Hrafn begins at 5pm. The bookable coach will leave Newcastle city centre at 3.15pm returning at approximately 8.15pm. On Sunday the event begins at 4pm with the coach leaving Newcastle at 2.15pm. Booking is essential, through jerwoodopenforest.org

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Kielder forest is venue for art bus tours to see 20 works

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Kielder forest is venue for art bus tours to see 20 works
Oct 24, 2014 12:00 By Tony Henderson


The Kielder Head

A bus route where every stop is an eye-opener is to be trialled this weekend.

More than 20 artworks have been created in Kielder Water & Forest Park since 1997. Many are scattered throughout the vast forest , with some accessible off the Lakeside Way circular route.

But it can be time-consuming for visitors to take in several of the sculptures in one trip. So on Sunday a trial tour by minibus will be available which will carry passengers off the beaten track and directly to the art pieces sites. The tour will be hosted by Kielder arts curator Peter Sharpe who will tell about the artists’ inspiration for the works and the challenges of creating them in the often remote environment of Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The tour will start at 1pm from Kielder Castle and return at 4.30pm. The aim is to take in art works including Silvas Capitalis, or the forest head; the Janus Chairs; Stell, Belvedere and Kielder Skyspace. It costs £5 per person or £15 for a family of two adults and two children and places need to be booked by calling 0845 1550236. People on the tour will have very little walking to do but appropriate footwear and warm waterproof clothing is advised.

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Ambitious £8.5m plan to build world's biggest public observatory in the North East

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Ambitious £8.5m plan to build world's biggest public observatory in the North East
Nov 01, 2014 08:30 By Mike Kelly



An ambitious £8.5m scheme to build the biggest public observatory in the world in the North East has been revealed.

It is the brainchild of astronomer Gary Fildes and a funding drive to get it up and running officially starts on November 7. Called the Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village, it will contain a 60 seat planetarium, a specially built £500,000 telescope with a one metre wide aperture accessible to wheelchair users, and an accommodation block for visiting astronomers. Special glass topped ‘pods’ for use by members of the public to observe the night skies are also planned.

It will be based on the site of the already hugely successful Kielder Observatory which already boasts 25,000 visitors a year. Once the village is opened, the existing classroom where Gary and volunteers host lectures and talks about the stars and the universe could see visitor numbers treble to 75,000. Organisers hope it will be up and running within five years.

However Gary said: “If the money came in tomorrow we could build it in two years. There are a lot of hurdles - we need a design team and a project director to bring it together, which is not my skill set, but I’d love to think within the next five years it will be developed on land right next to the observatory we’ve already got. I want to create the world’s biggest and best centre for astronomical outreach, here in the North East. It won’t be a corporate thing, it will still have the bohemian atmosphere the current observatory has with Pink Floyd playing. It will be a centre of excellence which will enthuse, inspire, educate and enthral.”

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Kielder becoming a hot spot for astro tourism

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Kielder becoming a hot spot for astro tourism
Nov 03, 2014 10:41 By Mike Kelly


The Kielder Observatory in Northumberland

To physically see the difference between the dark skies viewed from an urban area and those in Northumberland is, literally, an eye opening experience.

In sprawling Newcastle, you’ll be lucky to see 30 or 40 stars at night. Go 50 miles north-west to Kielder and you’ll see 1,500 to 2,000. On a clear night you can at times actually see the Milky Way.

It’s a breathtaking sight that brings around 25,000 visitors a year to the Kielder Observatory alone. This doesn’t include those who come to the region and stay in local bed and breakfast accommodation, hotels or camp sites to witness the phenomenon themselves.

So-called “astro-tourism” contributes significantly to the £650m tourism generates for Northumberland. If £8.5 plans for the Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village come to fruition, that contribution could rise significantly. The sky is truly the limit.

As well as the drive of Lead Astronomer Gary Fildes to get the observatory up and running, there has been the equally significant contribution made by those who succeeded, last December, to have Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park granted dark-sky status by The International Dark Skies Association. The status means the night sky is protected and lighting controls are in place to prevent light pollution.

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NASA legend Sy Liebergot attends Kielder Observatory fundraise

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NASA legend Sy Liebergot attends Kielder Observatory fundraiser
Nov 08, 2014 08:00 By Mike Kelly


Sy Liebergot with Jacqui Miller and Gary Fildes

NASA legend Sy Liebergot was guest of honour last night at a fundraiser for the proposed £8.5m Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village.

He was the flight controller on the Apollo 13 mission who took the call from the astronauts on board reporting a malfunction that crippled the craft putting their lives in danger. The events were dramatised in the 1995 Ron Howard film Apollo 13 which revealed how Sy and the NASA crew came up with a plan to get the three astronauts - Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise - back to earth.

“I give the film a ‘C’,” said Sy, who was played by the director’s brother Clint Howard in the movie. In it, lead astronaut Jim Lovell says “Houston, we have a problem” which has gone down as one of the most famous quotes, alongside Neil Armstrong’s first moon landing speech, in NASA history. However Sy revealed: “The words used were ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’, in the past tense, by Jack Swigert first then Jim Lovell chipped in. Not ‘Houston we have a problem’, in the present tense, as in the movie which has entered the lexicon.”

He was invited to the fundraiser by Gary Fildes, Lead Astronomer at the existing Kielder Observatory where the new project will be based if the cash is raised. If it is, it will contain a 60 seat planetarium, a specially built £500,000 telescope with a one metre wide aperture accessible to wheelchair users, and an accommodation block for visiting astronomers. Special glass topped ‘pods’ for use by members of the public to observe the night skies are also planned. It is based in Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park which has been granted dark-sky status by The International Dark Skies Association.

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Stars come out for charity night in aid of Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village plan

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Stars come out for charity night in aid of Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village plan
Nov 10, 2014 06:30 By Mike Kelly



The stars came out for a charity night to raise cash for the proposed £8.5m Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village.

The main speaker was NASA flight controller Sy Liebergot who played a crucial role in bringing the stricken Apollo 13 back to earth safely.

And the event was hosted in the Moncur Suite at St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United, by diehard Sunderland fan and Athletics legend Steve Cram. Steve, now a respected TV commentator, joked at the beginning of the evening. “It’s not often I can say it’s a pleasure to come to St James’ Park.”

Meanwhile Toon star Bob Moncur, who the suite was named after and also attended, hit back: “Steve’s not used to big crowds.”

The black tie event, funded by Cramlington-based manufacturing company Miller International, marked the official launch of the astronomy village project. It included an auction of some, literally, out of this world lots including a rare 2.13g slice of lunar meteorite, a piece of the NASA space shuttle signed by Sy Liebergot, and a facsimile of the Apollo 13 checklist, again signed by Sy as well as astronauts on the mission Jim Lovell and Fed Haise.

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Kielder in wonderland after landing tourism award

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Kielder in wonderland after landing tourism award
Last updated at 10:48, Wednesday, 12 November 2014

KIELDER is the toast of North-East tourism after its Winter Wonderland event was named as the region’s top event.
Kielder Winter Wonderland

Northumbrian Water beat off stiff competition to land gold for best event at the annual North-East Tourism Awards, held at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, on Tuesday night.

Matfen Hall won top prize in the category for large hotels.
While the honour for small hotels was won by Langley Castle.
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Northumberland marks first anniversary of Dark Sky designation

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Northumberland marks first anniversary of Dark Sky designation
Dec 09, 2014 12:43 By Tony Henderson


Dark Skies: North Amercia nebula Kielder Obs

The glittering star canopy above the light pollution-free wilder parts of the North East has been there since the first people looked upwards.

No doubt they were as struck by the celestial show as today’s visitors from urban areas who experience their first truly star-spangled sky.

Today is the first anniversary of International Dark Sky Park designation for Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park. At 1,500 square kilometres it is the most extensive Dark Sky Park in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

The International Dark Sky Association awarded the designation to the area with Gold Tier status for the high quality and lack of light pollution of the starscape. And businesses have been quick to realise the potential of stargazing breaks in extending the visitor season across what are normally quieter months.

The stargazing season runs from September to April and the area should have a good early morning view of the eclipse of the sun on March 20.

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Kielder Marathon 2015 weekend to feature first half marathon

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Kielder Marathon 2015 weekend to feature first half marathon
10:47, 4 February 2015 By Brian Daniel


Cllr Val Tyler (left), Northumberland County Council and Susan Dungworth (right), Chair of Active Northumberland joining Steve Cram launching this years Kielder Marathon weekend

A major running event in Northumberland will be bolstered this year by the addition of a half marathon.

The Kielder Marathon weekend, the brainchild of North East athletics legend Steve Cram, will for the first time feature a 13.1-mile course. The weekend at Kielder Water and Forest Park will as ever feature the usual Kielder 10K, Run-Bike-Run, junior races and the main marathon itself. But this year a half marathon will take place on Sunday, October 4, alongside the main event. It will start at Kielder Dam and finish at Leaplish Waterside Park.

Steve, who is event director, said: “This year is very exciting for us with a new addition to Kielder Marathon weekend. “Kielder is a beautiful running and cycling destination but the marathon and 10K are at opposite ends of the spectrum. The half marathon is a very popular distance and we’re delighted that we can now offer it here, in an unmissable location, and together with Active Northumberland secure the future of this hugely popular event.”

Television newsreader Sophie Raworth has signed up to compete. She said: “The great thing about Kielder Half Marathon for me is it’s a trail run and this will be the first one I’ve ever done - all the half marathons I normally do are on the road. It will be really nice to run a half marathon, which I find far more manageable than a marathon, in such a beautiful part of the world.”

The event will take runners some of the way around the largest man-made lake in northern Europe, Kielder Water, and through Kielder Forest, England’s largest working forest. Entries for all events are now open at www.kieldermarathon.com
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Kielder Water and Derwent Reservoir engineer Nigel Ruffle dies aged 89

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Kielder Water and Derwent Reservoir engineer Nigel Ruffle dies aged 89
14:28, 5 February 2015 By Will Metcalfe


Nigel Ruffle, an engineer who worked on some of the North East's biggest water schemes, who died on January 26 aged 89

The man behind some of the North East’s biggest water projects has died aged 89.

Nigel Ruffle, who was instrumental in the development the Derwent Reservoir and Kielder Water, died on January 26. He was awarded the Telford Medal, the highest honour of the Institution of Civil Engineers, in 1982.

Originally from Leicestershire Mr Ruffle trained at Loughborough College and London University before moving to the North East in 1947. His first major role was in the Burnhope Pipeline Scheme as resident engineer for the Sunderland and South Shields Water Authority. He went on to become Engineer-in-Charge of the £5.5m Derwent Scheme.

He joined the Northumbria Water Authority in 1974, at the time of national water reorganisation, and in the eight years leading to his retirement in 1987 was responsible for new works expenditure of around £300m, including the later stages of the Kielder Water scheme.

Mr Ruffle was a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, and of the Royal Society of Arts. He was Secretary for the RSA’s North East regional committee and actively involved in the City of Durham Trust. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Peta, son Clive and daughter Jill.


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Dark Skies Run set to take place at one of Northumberland's most remote beauty spots

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Dark Skies Run set to take place at one of Northumberland's most remote beauty spots
08:41, 6 February 2015 By Will Metcalfe


Clear skies at the Kielder observatory, Northumberland

Marathon runners are being offered a “spiritual experience” of racing under the country’s darkest night skies when a new event is held in Northumberland.

Up to 300 people will take part in the Dark Skies Run around Kielder reservoir in the heart of the remote countryside. Should the weather be favourable on April 18, competitors will see the moon shine off the huge lake as well as some of the blackest skies and brightest stars that can be found in the UK.

Kielder has been awarded Dark Sky Park status, meaning its lack of light pollution has been internationally recognised.

The inspiration for the event came from ultra-distance runners Phill Turton and Tim Bateson from the organisers Trail Outlaws. Mr Turton, a teacher from Sunderland, takes part in extreme distance events which require running through the night and he went up to Kielder to train in the dark. He said: “It was the most incredible experience I have had running. All of a sudden the sky cleared and you could see millions of stars and I had never seen anything like that before. This was close to the most spiritual experience of my life. It was so moving and so unexpected. I was there in December, there was a full moon and there was a reflection off the lake and the conifers which were covered in frost, so we turned the torches off and ran by moonlight for the best part of an hour and a half. There was a feeling of calm, of awe and beauty about what we had just experienced.”

The chalk trail around the lake, just over the standard 26.3-mile marathon distance, is even and the surface will reflect the head torches competitors must wear. They also have to take whistles and a survival bag or blanket.

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