Where is Haltwhistle?


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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