September 25, 2018
If you love your flowers and fauna, then Northumberland provides a treat for you at all times of the year. This county has adopted the Bloody cranesbill flower as their county flower. This Geranium sanguineum is an eye-catching flower with large and bright, magenta cup-shaped flowers which has dark veins. It also grows up to 1.5 in.
Here’s some of the areas that you might want to visit on your next holiday to Northumberland:
Nettlehope Hill - Nettlehope Hill is the 6472nd highest peak in the British in the UK! Throughout the year you will spot different patterns on the hills. The most noticeable plant is heather, mixed with grasses and patches of bilberry, bracken and sheep sorrel. The flora is diverse and changed with the weather.
Blindburn Upper Coquetdale - Walkers who want to explore the nature in these hills can gain access via a number of quiet valleys on both sides of the divide. Cheviot walks website says, “From the banks of the River Coquet at Buckham`s Bridge this walk follows the deep-set Blind Burn as it makes its way to an airy border crossing north of Lamb Hill. The walk then crosses the grandstand viewpoint of Callaw Cairn before descending gently towards the Heatherhope Valley. Along the way, a short detour takes you to the summit of Church Hope Hill and another outstanding view. As you eventually make your way back to Upper Coquetdale, via Hard Rig, you will cross the heather-covered tops of Mozie Law and Beefstand Hill before following a less-than-ordinary route to the grass-carpeted summits of Carlcroft Hill and Broadside Law. In all probability you will be utterly alone.” In early summer, it will be a striking walk through the hills and definitely worth a visit.
Here’s some other varieties of flower you might want to try and spot:
Sphagnum Moss:This is the name for around 380 accepted species of mosses, commonly known as 'Peat Moss'. You can see a lot of this in the Northumberland area. The colours that you can see are truly spectacular.
Foxglove: You can spot a lot of foxglove in Northumberland. The foxglove is a tall herb that contains around 20-80 bright pink or purple flowers on a long spike, known as a raceme. This plant is highly poisonous, so should not be picked when out and about.
Pansy: Many of us are familiar with this cute little flower. There are lots of pansies mainly in South Northumberland. Usually the flowers are all yellow, but can often be blue-violet, or with 2 yellow petals at the top and three blue ones at the bottom.
Thyme: Wild Thyme is the most widespread and abundant of the thyme species and can be found across Northumberland in Summer. It has oval leaves which appear in pairs on its stems, and lots of packed heads of pinky-purple flowers that come up from June to September. You can pick these and cook them in your favourite stews, pastas and meat dishes.