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Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue team

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue team

Mon 23rd February 2015

If you have attended one of our Challenge Walks over the last few years you will more than likely have seen the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team present. Did you know a percentage of the entry fee you pay to Shepherds Walks goes straight to the team for the sterling work they do 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team provide a vital service in providing search and rescue cover for the whole of the Northumbria Police area.  This is a vast and largely remote and unpopulated area encompassing all of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear which measures approximately 5000 square kilometres (3000 square miles).  

The team, in common with all mountain rescue teams in England and Wales, is made up entirely of volunteers who give their time freely and without financial reward.  Team members are committed individuals, outdoor people who already have a high degree of competency in outdoor skills and are keen to 'put something back' into the activity which they enjoy.  

During the Shepherds Walks Challenge Walks the rescue team do a number of jobs.
They provide all the emergency first aid cover so if you do get injured in any way during our events the Northumberland National Park Rescue Team are first on site. Also we use the mountain rescue communications system if we need to get information out quickly to any part of the route and with their fully equipped four wheel drive vehicles we can quickly get them out to remote places on the route if need be. Especially during such Challenge Walks as the St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge Walk where we have some very remote areas that people are passing through.

So next time you see them on our Challenge Walks please do say ‘hello’ and don’t forget a percentage  of your entry fee goes straight to supporting this great organisation.

If you would like to make a further donation this can be done using their ‘Just Giving’ page - 


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