Haltwhistle » Information about Haltwhistle http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk Centre of Britain | Roman Wall | Tourism Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:37:13 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 Travelling to and from Haltwhistle http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/information-about-haltwhistle/travelling-to-and-from-haltwhistle/ http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/information-about-haltwhistle/travelling-to-and-from-haltwhistle/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2009 23:16:46 +0000 The Tourist http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/?p=39 train2The ever growing band of tourists visiting the North of England and in particular the area of Haltwhistle continues to grow, fuelled partly by a comprehensive transport network which makes it very easy to find the town. Situated on the A69 main road, which travels from the east coast to the west coast of England, Haltwhistle is just 35 miles from Newcastle and 21 miles from Carlisle, both of which also offer air travel services.

For those looking to visit Haltwhistle by train there is a busy rail network stretching from Newcastle on the east coast to Carlisle on the west coast, linking up with the main rail network down to London and beyond and to Glasgow and Edinburgh. This really is a perfect situation for tourists visiting the region because as well as rail, air travel and a well maintained main road there are also a vast array of tourist buses visiting the region in the summertime from all areas of the UK.

If you’re looking to book accommodation in Haltwhistle it is recommended that you book in advance because in the summertime especially there can be competition for spaces as the tourist season moves into full swing. There are public houses, shops, banks and an array of entertainment and leisure facilities in Haltwhistle which will make the stay of any tourist a worthwhile experience.

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The Hadrians Wall Path http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/information-about-haltwhistle/the-hadrians-wall-path/ http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/information-about-haltwhistle/the-hadrians-wall-path/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2009 23:04:45 +0000 The Tourist http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/?p=34 roman wallWhile Haltwhistle is very much at the centre of the Hadrians Wall Path experience and attracting significant tourism numbers from around the world, many people will be surprised to know that what is left of the Roman Wall still runs approximately 84 miles from Wallsend on the east coast to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast. The walk itself is very much along the track of the original Hadrian’s Wall although obviously direct access to the wall is limited due to the fact that much of the stone has disappeared over the years and there is a need to protect the area.

Despite the fact that Hadrian’s Wall runs across a number of hills and fairly high areas of the UK, the highest point on the walk is only 1000 feet above sea level and Hadrian’s walk itself is more or less on a fairly flat plain. There are many Roman forts dotted across the Roman Wall with the likes of Vindolanda and Housesteads amongst the two best-known Roman forts still visible to the naked eye.

With a history going back to the year 122, when the Emperor Hadrian was in control of the Roman Empire, there are few historic treasures in the UK and around the world which can match the history attached to the Roman Wall. In 1987 the site was deemed to be one of the World Heritage Sites, opening the door for significant investment and protection for what remains of the Roman Empire in the UK.

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Where is Haltwhistle? http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/information-about-haltwhistle/where-is-haltwhistle/ http://www.haltwhistle.org.uk/information-about-haltwhistle/where-is-haltwhistle/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:29:23 +0000 The Tourist http://haltwhistle.org.uk/?p=3 main street rightHaltwhistle is a small market town situated in Northumberland, England and is roughly 35 miles from Newcastle, 21 miles from Carlisle and 10 miles from Brampton. While there is some dispute regarding the “Centre of Britain”, Haltwhistle claims to be the Centre of England, something which has been well developed to increase tourism in the area.

The town itself is situated on the River South Tyne and has a population of just under 4000 people with a history which goes back many centuries. Situated literally a couple of miles from the Roman Wall the town receives thousands upon thousands of visitors every year from all corners of the globe, in search of what remains of the Roman Wall and the various Roman settlements along the way. While the Roman Wall itself was constructed back in 122 A.D., and has been demolished in many parts by local farmers over the years, there is still a significant part of the wall remaining and it has been deemed to be one of the worldwide heritage sites.

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The local economy has changed over the centuries having predominantly being the centre of mining villages in the region, the town has now developed other economic activities with tourism and entertainment the leading areas of employment. There are a number of small businesses in the region and a thriving “Main Street” which houses Haltwhistle’s retail section, although over recent years a number of businesses have left the region or gone out of business.

While Haltwhistle is maybe not as busy as it has been in the past it is well situated in the centre of northern England only a short train journey from Newcastle and Carlisle. Even though many smaller towns and villages in the region have deteriorated substantially over the last few decades, there are still many positives to take from the Haltwhistle experience, although the Roman Wall itself dominates the local economy.

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