November 13, 2017
This week we have seen some of the coldest temperatures that we have experienced all year, so if you are planning a visit to the county this season, you may be in for a treat. That’s if you like the Winter!
Luckily for us, Northumberland’s councils are always ready with state of the art gritters to clear the roads, so you can still get around and explore everything Northumberland has to offer.
So, will it snow this year? Well, Meteorologists from the Weather Company have said they expect the coldest winter in the UK since 2012-13. They also predict that December and January are set to be colder than usual. Dr Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, said: “We expect the coldest winter in the UK since 2012-13. We expect extended spells with a ridge of pressure in the North Atlantic, especially in early winter. This forces the jet stream up to the Arctic and back down into Europe, releasing Arctic high pressure from near the Pole directly into northern Europe, with colder-than-normal temperatures.”
He goes on to say, “There is a higher-than-normal potential for temperatures below -10C further north, and also cold temperatures further south.”
Northumberland is always likely to experience some kind of snow each year due to its positioning in the north of the UK. This February, it saw heavy conditions of snow where many schools had to be shut for a few days. So, what is there to do when the snow starts falling in this beautiful part of the country?
Exploring the beautiful countryside and going sledging is probably one of the best parts about being in this county when it snows. Northumberland National Park, for example, is the least populated National Park in the UK and covers 400 square miles. This was seen on seen on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland. You can walk for miles in peace and tranquillity amongst the snow. Make sure you stay safe and warm, and don’t venture too far away from the main trails.
You could also visit The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, which is located on Hadrian’s Wall. It is a new visitor attraction for 2017 which is open all year round. Get to the grass roof viewing platform and you’ll find an 80-seat café with panoramic views, as well as a shop specialising in local gifts, food & drink, etc. This is a great place to go in the snow because you get a whole new perspective of Northumberland.
You could also head for the Breamish Valley or Harthope Valley, which is likely to have iced over shallow rivers at this time of year. Perfect for nature, painting or photography enthusiasts! You’ll see deer and other creatures around at this time of the year.
Why not hire a cottage while you’re in Northumberland this winter and enjoy a gorgeous open log fire to cosy up to in the evenings. Grace Darling has many stunning and luxurious cottages where you can stay fully self-contained and tuck yourself away from the modern world.
This is the perfect place to wind down after a busy Christmas or even over New Year. It is also worth visiting in the early part of next year. Enjoy a glass of wine in the hot tub and witness some of the clearest night skies in the UK!