Northumberland is not only the northernmost
county to be found within England but also the
least populated. The Ďland of the far horizonsí
offers some of the most picturesque scenery to
be found throughout the British Isles, although it
is often overlooked by visitors heading north to
the uplands and highlands of Scotland.
Any visitor to the region has an array of
locations to visit which all have something to
offer. Be it the impressive remains of the World
Heritage site of Hadrianís Wall, the beautiful
coastline of the Northumberland Heritage Coast
or the rolling yet domineering features of the
Northern Pennines as they sprawl towards the
Southern Uplands of Scotland, the county can lay
claim to a mix of quintessential English scenery.
Although Northumberland is now possibly one
of the most tranquil and peaceful spots to be
found in England, it has not always been that way.
Marauding invaders from Scotland and
Scandinavia dictated the construction of
numerous fortifications to protect these northernmost
English lands.The remnants of these
buildings remain dotted across the landscape
providing an enigmatic contrast to the natural
features of the region.
With the relatively sparse population, and a
large amount of suitable habitat, a wide variety
of wildlife is found within the boundaries of the
county. The Farne Islands are something of a
Mecca for the bird watching community, whilst
inland areas of woodland host the endangered
Red Squirrel that any watchful visitor may have
the privilege to see.
Through the medium of Jason Friendís superbly
evocative photographs the reader can experience
at first hand all of the glories that help make up
the Spirit of Northumberland.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN: 978 1 906887 69 8, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published March 2010.