Visitors at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland are being promised a new way of experiencing wildlife.Read the full story ›
The Kielder marathon and half-marathon have taken place on Sunday.
Hundreds of runners have enjoyed spectacular autumn sunshine while taking part in a race described by it's organisers as 'Britain's most beautiful marathon.
The winner of the men's race was Cees Van Der Land, a Dutch runner based in Newcastle. He said "I'm very happy, very happy. I did it two years ago and I got third place. Luckily number one and two didn't show up today so that's very good!"
Debra Crozier, 51, from Washington, won the women's race, just a year after running her first ever half marathon. She said, "I can't believe it, I really can't believe it. I feel better than I did when I finished the half marathon last year".
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The Kielder Marathon follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.
"It's always challenging in terms of some of the undulations as I would call them, but it cannot be more beautiful and inspirational to run round. Kielder is one of the UK's best kept secrets so I'm glad there's so many people who've been able to share in it."
It was part of a weekend of events, starting with the Kielder 10K & Kielder Run Bike Run on Saturday, and followed by the Kielder Half Marathon and Junior races on Sunday.
Many of those taking part were raising money for charities.
For the second year running, Kielder Ospreys returning to their Northumberland nests have been spotted having "flings" and demonstrating courtships with birds other than their life partners.
The Nest 2 antics are being watched by visitors through a camera on the nest and footage is streamed to visitors at Kielder Castle.
The “extra marital” activity occurs when one bird from a life pairing returns to a nest ahead of its partner and encounters an osprey of the opposite sex.
You can keep up to date with all the stories as they unfold through the Kielder osprey blog.
Osprey Fact File
Ospreys are migratory and arrive in late March and April and leave again for Africa in August and September.
The bird is an Amber List species because of its historical decline (due to illegal killing and egg theft) and low breeding numbers.
Ospreys normally breed for the first time when they are aged between 4-5 years old.
They are largely monogamous and faithful both to nest and mate.
The nest is generally built on the top of a large tree.
Females lay two or three eggs at 1-3 day intervals which are incubated for about 38 - 42 days per egg.
Ospreys divide the nesting duties between the pair. The female does most of the incubating, brooding and direct feeding of the young. She guards them throughout the nesting period and will share the hunting at later stages when the chicks are larger. The male is the major provider of fish for the female and chicks.
Chicks fledge about seven weeks after hatching.
Kielder Winter Wonderland has been shut due to flooding of the surrounding area. The road between Bellingham and Kielder was judged impassable leaving access to the site limited.
Today would have been the last day the site was open. Organisers say they have emailed and texted those due to attend and are contacting customers about refunds.
At around 6am we became aware that the rainfall was very heavy. Between 6 and 7am the water river rose by around a metre.
Its our last day so we are hugely disappointed but health and safety is our priority."
Police looking for a man missing from Northumberland have released new information in the search for him.Read the full story ›
Police are searching for a German man whose clothes and belongings were found next to Kielder Reservoir, in Northumberland.
A member of the public reported finding a man's clothing and belongings next to the reservoir on Friday afternoon. Police carried out searches of the area but have been unable to find the owner.
Officers have now identified the man as Kilian Wolfgang Ruthlein from Darmstadt in Germany. The 26-year-old is 5"9' and of medium build.
Anyone who may have seen Kilian is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
Runners are being the opportunity to race 26.5 miles under the darkest night skies in Northumberland this weekend.Read the full story ›
One of the country's most famous Christmas trees started its journey today from Northumberland to London.
For more than a decade now Kielder Forest has supplied the tree which ends up outside the Houses of Parliament.
Camera equipment worth thousands of pounds has been stolen from a woman who was targeted at a Northumberland beauty spot.
The woman, in her late 50s, was walking to a new viewpoint opposite the Tower Knowe car park and cafe at Kielder at around 10.30am on Saturday.
She was opening her bag when a man pushed her out of the way, causing her to fall backwards. He then snatched the bag, containing thousands of pounds worth of Canon camera equipment and accessories before running away. The woman was left shaken but unhurt.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101 extension 69191 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, extension 291343.
Watch the full operation to erect a new stone monument to mark the source of the River North Tyne.