Visitors catching ferries from Amsterdam to Newcastle
may be keen to see the historic Hadrian's Wall - and those who wish to do this will soon have an extra incentive to go.
Northumberland National Park Authority and Youth Hostels Association have revealed that heritage lottery funding has been granted for a new centre of learning and discovery, to be situated by the wall.
Called the Sill, it will focus on environmental and conservation issues in the area, which contains some of England's most attractive scenery as well as the 1,890-year-old Roman wall.
It will add to existing Roman attractions along the wall such as Vindolanda and Housteads Fort.
National park authority chairman Tony Gates said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the public's imagination and fully engage people in shaping our future use of land."
Visitors who feel fit can enjoy national trail along the full 84-mile Hadrian's Wall path, which follows the route of the barrier from Wallsend near Newcastle to the Solway Firth in Cumbria.
Posted by Andrew Smith