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Mum takes on the 'Northumberland Castle Challenge'

A woman from Matfen has completed her own castle challenge to try to overcome her anxieties about being a new mum.

32-year-old Hannah Parker - mother of three-year-old Reuben - set herself the challenge of visiting all 45 castles in Northumberland, in the hope that it would boost her confidence.

She has blogged about her experience, and says exploring more of the outdoors has been an adventure that both she and her son can remember forever.

Find out more about some of Northumberland's magnificent castles.

From our very first outing - just my little boy and I - to Mitford Castle, I knew I had changed. I got the bug immediately."

– Hannah Parker