Haltwhistle is a small town in Northumberland dating back to Roman times. It expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries due to coal mining in the area and its close proximity to the main Newcastle to Carlisle road and railway line. Paint manufacture then became the town’s major industry, but now the tourist industry dominates the economy.

Skydancer Hen Harrier

Northumberland film makers take up cause of threatened bird of prey

The RSPB backed project, filmed by the Haltwhistle Film Project, aims to try and prevent the extinction of the hen harrier

From left, Paul Brannen MEP with Simon Hart from Egger and landowner Iain Kyle

North East MEP plants first tree in a new commercial conifer woodland

Stripped back Wallshield application receives go-ahead after concerns over visual impact and wildlife habitats

Richard Johnstone, directing, on the set of Bloodlust which was shot in Northumberland in just four weeks

North East director gets his teeth into movie industry with horror film debut

Northumberland-set vampire horror movie Bloodlust is picked up by US company and UK distributor for DVD release in February

Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University

New homes to be built on the site of a former care facility in Haltwhistle

The former Greenholme care facility at Haltwhistle, which had become a target for vandals, is to be demolished to make way for homes

Bear Family

Northumberland photographer impresses judges who select three of his wildlife images for competition shortlist

Members of the public are asked to vote for Steve Wrightson as the competition winner

Winshield Crags in Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority objects to forest bid at Hadrian's Wall corridor

Northumberland National Park Authority has objected to plans for woodland near Hadrian's Wall

Groups and individuals honoured for making Northumberland a better place

Duchess of Northumberland hands out Love Northumberland awards to community and volunteer groups

Hadrian's Wall

National Park urged to reject Forestry bid for Northumberland moorland farm

Major woodland planting plans have been submitted for a Hadrian's Wall upland farm

Allendale based artist Jina Gelder

Wildlife artist Jina Gelder makes her Art Tour debut

If it’s June it must be the Art Tour. David Whetstone looks at the annual artistic blossoming and talks to first-time participant Jina Gelder

Potholes in Northumberland following heavy snow

Council claims to be on target to clear pothole backlog

Northumberland County Council said it will clear backlog of potholes by the end of June

Haltwhistle United Football Club's manager Cameron Bell (left) joins Alan Batey (right) at their run down club's football field. They are hoping to upgrade their football field and provide a club house and changing facilities for their trophy winning team.

Haltwhistle Conservatives manager 'embarrassed' by club's facilities

Quadruple winners Haltwhistle Conservatives have the best team in their league, but the worst facilities

Tim Foxall's team with his spatulas

Ooh-la-spatula as French go mad for Northumberland woodwork

Ornate wooden spatulas created by Tim Foxall and his team in Northumberland are proving a hit across the English Channel

The 5th Haltwhistle Challenge is sure to be a hit with keen walkers

5th Haltwhistle Challenge takes in beautiful Northumberland scenery

The 5th Haltwhistle Challenge is only a month away, and will see walkers tackle trails along parts of Hadrian's Wall. Marj Baillie has the details

Doreen and John Hunter, their son Andrew Hunter and his wife Caroline Hunter with their children

NBA Beef Expo puts the spotlight on dairy-produced beef

The National Beef Association's Beef Expo at Hexham this week will look at better beef production from the dairy herd

Businesswoman Bianca Brigitte Bonomi, who has started Northumbria Retreats

London PR guru heads to Northumberland for relaxing new business venture

A London businesswoman has packed her bags and headed North after falling in love with Northumberland

The A69 at Greenhead

Northumberland MP issues fresh calls for dualling of A69 road

Hexham MP Guy Opperman has called for the dualling of the A69 Newcastle to Carlisle road after a number of fatal crashes

Ruth Caisley, from Haltwhistle, with her son William

Mum's legal battle over claims medics failed treat son's infection at birth

Ruth Caisley claims her son suffered brain injuries after doctors in Hexham "missed opportunities" to treat an infection nearly two decades ago

Houses on The Mart in Haltwhistle which were flooded yesterday

Haltwhistle residents call for action following latest flood

Residents at The Mart in Haltwhistle have demanded action to improve drainage following the latest in a series of floods

Reader Adam Powell's picture of a fly-tipped divan bed in a car park on the National Cycle Network near Lambley Viaduct in Northumberland

Fly-tippers dump divan bed in scenic Northumberland beauty spot

Irresponsible fly-tippers have illegally dumped a bed along part of the National Cycle Network in Northumberland

Tyneside and Northumberland Pubs of the Year show strength in depth

Some old faces and a few new names appear on the list of pub of the year winners

Videos & Photos

Richard Dawson performs at the Culture Awards 2014 at Sunderland Minster

Culture Awards: Richard Dawson blows audience away with walkabout a cappella performance

Culture Awards: Things we learned at Sunderland Minster

Culture Awards at Sunderland Minster. Pictured is David Almond reading from his Opera Miracle

Culture Awards: David Almond reads an exclusive extract from his opera for Sunderland



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