From the most romantic spot in Northumberland to the best place in the county to spend a night under the stars, TV star Robson Green has revealed some of his most treasured aspects of the Secret Kingdom.
Followers of the weekly, eight-part second series, which launched on Monday, February 16, were encouraged to submit their county-themed questions to the 50-year-old, who has responded to a pick of the best.
The topics were wide-ranging and his replies gave a clear indication of his passion for the area; a place which he is only too happy to call home.
The first question came from Sally Ashworth, who asked: “If someone was visiting Northumberland for the first time, what should be the one thing that they should eat, the one thing that they should drink and the one place that they should see?”
Robson replied: “The one thing to eat would be squabbit pie (squirrel and rabbit, delicious). The one thing to drink – any of the Steam Ales from Wylam Brewery. And the one place to see would be the hidden gem called College Valley. “
Robson is a big angling enthusiast, having presented the Channel 5 show, Extreme Fishing. To tie in with this theme, Angie Woods asked: “Where in Northumberland have your caught the biggest fish?”
Robson responded by saying that he caught a 22lb Atlantic salmon in the River Coquet.
In the first series, which was broadcast in 2013, Robson met Gary Fildes at Kielder Observatory. Northumberland Microadventures asked Robson where his best place was for a night under the stars. Robson said: “It would have to be Kielder Forest, including a trip to Kielder Observatory, the best place in Europe to view our wondrous universe.”
One of the questions managed to uncover Robson’s more sensitive side.
The biggest surprise was the life-affirming sight of a huge pod of dolphins putting on a spectacular display off the Northumberland coastRobson Green
Sarah Gillian Wright asked him where he thought the most romantic place was for a couple in Northumberland, to which Robson said: “If you are a couple who love the outdoors and seek solitude, there is no better place than camping at one of the campsites in the area around Hadrian’s Wall.”
The stunning sight of dolphins off the Northumberland coast was Robson’s biggest surprise while filming the show, he has admitted.
As part of the online question-and-answer session with fans of the show, he said that the spectacle at sea was incredible.
Responding to a question from Penny Dane, he said: “The biggest surprise was the life-affirming sight of a huge pod of dolphins putting on a spectacular display off the Northumberland coast.
“It is a sight that people would pay hundreds of pounds and travel thousands of miles to go and see in other parts of the world. Yet they are here on our very doorstep.”
He said his biggest challenge during filming was trying to beat a teenager at Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.
Of the other questions, Petra Cahill asked: “Is there one area/place that is deteriorating that you’d like to see preserved for the next generation?”
He said: “In the new series we follow the restoration of Seaton Delaval Hall. It’s an architectural gem that has been in desperate need of conserving, but hopefully its future looks bright.”
Millions of people have tuned in for the first few epsiodes of the second series. The opening show attracted around four-million viewers.
As part of the second series, Robson found out more about the surfing seal off the coast of Amble, which became a worldwide phenomenon last year.