Wooler and Glendale

Gateway to the Cheviot Hills

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Glendale has a diverse selection of visitor attractions, you could visit the wild cattle at Chillingham, take a ride on a narrow gauge steam train from Heatherslaw to Etal, discover a working farm at Fenton, spot wildlife at Ford Moss nature reserve or even get a birds eye view of Glendale the Cheviots and beyond from a glider. Look on our Heritage page for a number of heritage buildings and archaeological sites that also offer plenty for all the family.

See 5000 years of man's history in just one day or maybe we can tempt you to take a little longer. From prehistoric cup & ring motifs carved into sandstone outcrops, henges and numerous strategically sited hillforts including the site of the palace of the ancient kings of Northumbria - Ad Gefrin, you can go on to visit one of Britain's most important battle sites – Flodden field. Ancient castles, pele towers and bridges dot the area. The Market Town of Wooler and many picturesque villages containing historic churches and buildings are embedded in a beautiful rural landscape dominated by the mighty whale-backed form of Cheviot, the remnants of the most northerly volcano in England.

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Rock carvings made by Neolithic and Early Bronze Age people, between 6000 and 3500 years ago. Over 1000 carved panels are known in Nortumberland and most of them are still located in the countryside.

Below are just a few of the sites within Glendale that are relatively easy to reach from a road, they are marked on Ordnance Survey maps. You may have to hunt for then a little, but that adds to the experience.

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there are many important archaeological sites in the Glendale area. The ones highlighted here have excellent interpretation for the visitor.

Battle Sites in Glendale

 

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Many historic buildings dot the landscape.

The Cheviot Hills form a back drop for a true outdoor activity paradise. Glendale offers opportunities for all levels of walking, you can simply walk along the many miles of footpaths, bridleways and quiet country roads that criss cross the area, The Breamish (Ingram), Harthope and College valleys within The Northumberland National Park are majestic places to spend some time wandering in and around, or you could take in a mountain or two in the Cheviots.

Below are a few circular routes that you may wish to follow, the walks are waymarked. We'd suggest you go to the link in the left column and download the free map available for each route. You should also use the relevant OS or Harvey walker maps just to be sure. Please park considerately and take your litter home with you.

Glendale and The Cheviot Hills are a cycling paradise. There are routes for all abilities from a gentle family roll through the Milfield Plain to a full day of adventure around big hill country and twisting single track.

Ride out of Wooler and find yourself in cycling heaven, quiet country lanes and bridleways lend themselves to some of the finest biking in the country. Whether you prefer smooth or bumpy rubber on your tyres there are so many options to choose from you'll simply always find your curiosity drawn down that next turn-and Glendale doesn't have one roundabout or even a set of traffic lights within its 250 square miles footprint.
Cyclists have access to limitless terrain from Wooler - a designated cycle hub. Wooler Cycle Hub has no less than 7 way-marked routes. 
And for the serious cyclists, there is the Wooler Wheel sportive to tackle- The Wooler Wheel 100km route has 1474 metres of ascent, making it one of the more demanding routes on the UK sportive calendar!

Of course, you may wish to try a long distance cycling route which passes through North Northumberland- theSandstone Way. 122 miles of mountain biking terrain between Berwick upon Tweed and Hexham, along the Sandstone Ridge in North Northumberland, passing numerous sandstone features like crags and outcrops. You can download a route map and guidance here

Click on the links for maps and directions for these local routes, courtesy of www.bikeroutes.org.uk.

There are many more on and off road routes around the area, try the bike routes website for more ideas.

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For non-profit organisaitons based in Glendale you can purchase a mini-site on www.wooler.org.uk this allows your organisation to select a template and create a small website to include a homepage, news page, about us page, weblinks page etc..

All you need to do is fill in the form and pay the fee and we will contact you about setting up your mini-site.

The Trust acquired the former Victorian workhouse in Wooler in 1999 and raised £750,000 to convert the building to a community resource centre. The Cheviot Centre was opened in 2001 by HRH Prince Charles. It houses community rooms for hire, offices to promote new businesses and was recently extended to incorporate the local library service and Tourist Information service. As a consequence Wooler now has a library and Tourist information service open throughout the year with greater opening hours.

The Trusts offices are located in The Cheviot Centre.

The Cheviot Centre now boasts the' Wooler Work Hub'. Completed in May 2013, Wooler Work Hub is a mix of office facilities for start-up and growing small businesses. There are also three wooden office pods for young businesses to rent. If you work from home, your car or even the local café, Wooler Work Hub may be just what you need to take your business to the next level. Offering, affordable, professional workspace in Wooler Town Centre, just off the A697.

There are ten elected members of Wooler Parish Council and a parish clerk. The clerk is the only paid member of staff. Parish councillors are elected volunteers who serve for 4 years. In May each year at the AGM we elect a new Chair and Vice Chair.

Parish council meetings are held monthly throughout the year. The general public may attend any of the meetings and can speak for 5 minutes on any matter at the start of the meeting.

Check out our current activities; you're sure to find something to your liking. Whether you're an established member of Wooler U3A or from Berwick or Alnwick groups why not be adventurous; make this the year when you try something new or, volunteer as a group leader to share your enthusiasm for some subject with other kindred spirits.