Photography of Northumberland's Countryside!

Northumberland is the most sparsely populated County in England, but it has some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. With rolling hills of heather, and meadows of poppies, rivers and streams of clear water. Where wildlife abounds and the peace and tranquillity takes you to a different place in time. You can walk for miles and not see another living soul. These are some of the Photographs I have taken of my wanderings through Northumbria and to this place I now call home.

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Down To The Valley

#L1 Down to the Valley

Looking down from beneath a craggy outcrop called Drake Stone towards the Coquet Valley and the village of Harbottle in Northumberland......

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Above Harbottle

#L2 Above Harbottle

Looking out across the valley from Harbottle Crags it is hard to believe that, beyond, there is a different world. A world which is busy and at times hard. Up here it all seems so very far away......

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Purple Heather

#L3 Purple Heather

Looking out across the valley from Harbottle Crags it is hard to believe that, beyond, there is a different world. A world which is busy and at times hard. Up here it all seems so very far away......

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Ancient and Modern

#L4 Ancient & Modern

Driving home from a shopping trip at Morpeth this scene caught my eye. I think it says everything about how modern life is encroaching on the countryside......

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Upper Coquetdale

#L5 Upper Coquetdale

Tracing the source of the river Coquet in upper Coquetdale which meanders down through the valley, growing ever wider and stronger on its way to the sea at Amble far away to the east.......

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Isolation

#L6 Isolation

A lovely tranquil scene but for those who farm the upper reaches of the hills it really doe have to be a way of life that they love. After all the isolation must be a burden, sometimes. Or is it? .<......

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Simple Pleasures

#L7 Simple Pleasures

A stroll along the river bank on a quiet afternoon with no particular place to go or anything to do. Just me and my dog by my side. Simple pleasures that make life worth living.......

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Sycamore Gap

#L8 Sycamore Gap

A photo that has become very much associated with Northumberland. Sycamore Gap. The famous tree feautered in the 1991 film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves feauring Kevin Costner.......

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Test of Times

#L9 Test Of Time

Part of Hadrians wall near Sycamore gap, along the Pennine way. It has stood for nearly 2000 years. Quite an achievement, wouldn't you say.......

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In the footsteps of Legions

#L10 In the footsteps of Legions

Following Hadrians wall its hard not to get a pang of pride in the achievements of ancient man. I am walking in the footsteps of perhaps a Roman General as he inspects his troops along this mighty wall.......

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Hadrians Dream

#L11 Hadrians Dream

The Emperor Hadrian had a vision. To build a wall from the west coast of britania to the east. And so he did and it has lasted for more than 2000 years. Not bad going don't you think.......

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Crag Lough

#L12 Crag Lough

A view across to Crag Lough tarn from where Hadrians wall crosses the moor towards Walls end. A nice place to rest and take in the scenery for a little while on such a lovely day........

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First Snows

#L13 First Snows

The first snows of winter settle up in the Bremish Valley.The sheep here though are bred hardy and so most will survive, as long as the winter is not hard .......

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Snow in the Valley

#L14 Snow in the Valley

Snow settles in the Bremish Valley and ominous clouds hang low over the peaks. As yet it is only a light dusting but lets hope it is not a sign of a bad winter yet to come .......

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Snowy Simonside

#L15 Snowy Simonside

A perfect winters view from part way up Simonside on a cold crisp January day. The going is a little slippy but with the right gear it is good walking .......

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On  and upwards

#L16 On and Upwards

An early morning start up towards the top of Simonside and the sun rises to the east giving a lovely salmon sky. Cindy Lou (my dog) is close by my heels and all is well with the world. Even the sheep look happy to see me.......

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On top of Simonside

#L17 On top of Simonside

Just sitting here on top of Simonside is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. A mug of tea in one hand a snadwich in the other just staring out across the wide blue yonder.......

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Road to where?

#L18 Road to Where?

Following the ridge along the top of Simonside HillsIts a pleasent easy walk. As long you have stout boots for the climb up to the tops of course.......

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Golden Pond

#L19 Golden Pond

Photo shoots can happen in the weirdest of places. Like this one. It wasn't planned I saw it as I was drving back from another shoot. Slap bang at the edge of a farmers field.......

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Beside Still Waters

#L20 Beside Still Waters

A brook runs through a little known wood near to Alnwick known as Rugly woods.A plesent enough little wood for a quick detour off the beaten track......

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Blossom along the River Bank

#L21 Blossom Along The River Bank

A lovely sight to see on an afternoon stroll along the river at Warkworth. Pretty May blossom. And there is no one else around. Just me my dog and the call of teh birds in the trees......

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Morning Mist

#L22 Morning Mist

Its November and an early morning mist hangs low along the still waters of the river Coquet at Warkworth. And the autum colours reflect in the water ......

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Warkworth Boat Landing

#L23 Row Boats

Each summer Row boats are moored along the river Coquet at Warkworth for those who wish to take a trip along the river on a pleasent aftrenoon ......

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Little Boats

#L24 Little Boats

And for those who just want a paddle in a smaller craft. Then the little boats are just the thing for a lovely trip up river and watch the wildlife along the way......

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Swans and Castles

#L25 Swans and Castles

A walk along the river Coquet at Warkworth can yield some amazing sights. There is an abundance of wildlife for the quiet visitor. You might even catch a glimpse of a deer or two ......

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Valley Grey

#L26 Valley Grey

A place I like to go to get away from things. Just to sit by the stream and ponder. Way up in Coquetdale where the air is clean and fresh and very few people go ......

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A brook becomes a stream

#L27 A brook becomes a stream

A brook becomes a streamand the stream becomes ariver. In fact this is the river Coquet that eventually runs through Warkworth, This however is high up in the Coquet Valley ......

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Poppy Field

#L28 Poppy Field

A poppy field near Alnmouth pictured in all it glory. When I see iceland poppies to me it is such a poignant reminder of those who have lost their lives in so many wars. ......

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Hay Bales

#L29 Hay Bales

Yep well I guess everyone does take pictures of Hay Bales. Although this shot was more the contrast of the sky against the yellow of the field that caught my eye. ......

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Lowly Cattle Shed

#L30 Lowly Cattle Shed

I had seen this a few times when I had been visting Thrunton Woods but never bothered to walk across the field to photograph the scene. Until the breeze rustling across the grass caught my eye. ......

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The Thistle

#L31 The Thistle

Sometimes its the little things that catch my eye. Like this lone thistle growing half way up a hill in Coquet Valley......

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Autumn Berries

#L32 Autumn Berries

A view towards the cheviots from Edlingham woods. A little used wood but in the autumn it produces some spectacular colours......

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Harbottle Tarn

#L33 Harbottle Tarn

A lovely climb up through Harbottle woods then along the craggy outcrops of rock and eventually you will come to Harbottle tarn where you can rest and take in the splendour of the grouse playing in the heather ......

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Rugly Burn

#L34 Rugly Burn

Tucked away within Rugly woods a lovely little burn where fairies play and swim in the cool woodland stream. Or so it seems as you rest a while beside the burn.....

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A view From A Bridge

#L35 A View From A Bridge

In fact it is a view from the bridge in Warkowrth, where I live. This is the river Coquet.It rises far to the east and flows down to the sea at Amble less than a mile away......

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From Above

#L36 From Above

Its quite a view from up here on the church tower and a view very few people get to see. Its a difference perpective seeing Warkowth village laid out the way it is......

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