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Information about Whittingham, Callaly and Alnham, Northumberland, UK

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Local Services

Agricultural Shows

Summer is definitely Show Season! Apart from the Whittingham Show itself, adjacent to the Vale there is:

Airports

The nearest airports to the Whittingham Vale for general commercial flights are at:

There are also two airfields for leisure purposes:

Animals

If you find a sick or injured hedgehog. www.hedgehogs-northumbria.org.uk

There are still red squirrels in the Whittingham Vale, although here as elsewhere they are threatened. Visit Red Squirrels Northern England for information about squirrel conservation and to report squirrel sightings: www.rsne.org.uk

Buses

A bus company based in Wooler runs services between Whittingham and Alnwick (the 473) and Whittingham and Newcastle (the 710), as well as other trips and excursions. www.glenvalley.co.uk

Community / tourist services in Rothbury / Upper Coquetdale: http://www.spiritbuses.co.uk

For information about bus services in the wider area see: www.arrivabus.co.uk

Community Sites

Some useful community sites for areas surrounding or near to the Whittingham Vale:

Food

All of these local companies deliver via a van or mobile shop in the Vale. They all have regular delivery routes and will put specific items on the van if you contact them in advance:

There is an artisanal baker located in Powburn: www.breadandroses.co.uk

Of the big supermarkets 4 currently deliver in the Whittingham Vale area:

Libraries

Mobile Library Services visit the Vale fortnightly. For a schedule and other information click here: (Note: Whittingham Vale is on the Central Area Timetable.) mylibrary.co.uk/services/mobile-library-services

There are static libraries at Rothbury, Alnwick and Wooler. Information about these and general library services is available at: mylibrary.co.uk/

Local Media

Vale News - The Vale News is an excellent local newsletter, produced on a voluntary basis and distributed to many, although not all, homes in the Whittingham Vale. Get issues online at: www.valenews.webeden.co.uk

Community Information Boards:

Over the Bridges - The Upper Coquetdale News Group is an initiative set up by Churches Together, a group of churches working together across the Upper Coquetdale valley. These churches include St Michael and All Angels in Alnham, as well as churches in Rothbury, Thropton, Alwinton and Hepple. They produce an interesting print magazine called "Over the Bridges" ten times per year, which covers both community and church. This is widely available in shops, pubs and other retail outlets in this area, as well as being delivered to homes in those parishes.

The main commercial newspaper covering the Vale is the Northumberland Gazette, which is published every Thursday. It is widely available in local shops and outlets. www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk

The Journal is a Tyneside-based paper, but also runs occasional articles concerning the Vale. www.thejournal.co.uk

Lion Heart Radio is a community radio station run out of Alnwick. You can tune in on 107.3 FM, and also listen online: www.lionheartradio.com

The local television news area is Tyne Tees Television. Their website has local news and weather covering the wider North East region. www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees

Public Houses

There are several public houses very near to the Whittingham Vale, although only the Bridge of Aln lies within the boundary:

Trains

The main hubs for national connections are at Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne. The East Coast Main Line runs through Northumberland, with stations at Alnmouth, Berwick upon Tweed and Morpeth. www.eastcoast.co.uk

Cross Country also runs national services which pass through these stations. www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk

More local services, including those for commuters to Newcastle from Alnmouth or Morpeth are run by Northern Rail. They also operate most services along the Hadrian's Wall/Tyne Valley line. This is accessible from the west of the Whittingham Vale, with the main hub being Hexham, although Prudhoe may also be a useful stop. www.northernrail.org

Walks and Walking

**Please note we do not endorse any of these sites, or approve the quality of their offerings. We are not responsible for the content of third party sites linked to here. If you choose to follow a walk you find on one of these links you do so at your own risk.**

This local company, set up by a Northumbrian shepherd offers guided walks, as well as self-guided walks to download, plus courses and events: www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Treasure Trails, offer interesting themed walks (spy, treasure hunt, murder mystery) to follow all over the UK, and have a set of walking and driving trails in Northumberland, including Alnwick, Rothbury and Wooler. These are sometimes for sale in local shops. www.treasuretrails.co.uk/northumbria

You can download a free leaflet for a walking trail based around Whittingham here: (N.B. It's a little out of date, as Whittingham no longer has a Post Office!) www.northumberland.gov.uk/idoc

This website has some free walking guides, pictures and information, including a Thrunton walk which includes Callaly Old Castle: www.northofthetyne.co.uk

The River Aln is a major geographical feature of the Whittingham Vale, running through it from West to East. It goes from Alnham, (inside Whittingham Vale) through Alnwick, and eventually to the sea at Alnmouth. This site is not exactly a walking site, but it has information on all the bridges and historic crossing points of the river Aln, with all those between the A697 and Alnham being in the Vale: www.bridgesonthetyne.co.uk

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