Oak Tree in the College Valley, Northumberland National Park

Case Study: Grindon Old Repeater Station

Amount awarded:21,948

In 2004, this disused former British Telecom building, just 300 yards from Hadrian’s Wall, was converted into accommodation for walkers and cyclists, helping to meet the huge increase in demand. The development of the Old Repeater Station at Grindon is a great example of sustainable development in action.

les Gibson at the Old Repeater Station
Les Gibson at the old Repeater Station

The Sustainable Development Fund grant was used to a help pay for a water tank and a grey water treatment facility, wood burning stoves, solar heating, geo-thermal heating, and the restoration of the internal wiring.

Les Gibson, owner and manager of the project, said “Since the highly successful National Trail opened there has been a shortage of accommodation in the area, which is a great shame as it means people might be missing on this popular attraction.

"I will also be providing breakfast, lunches and dinners for those who stay here. All of these are sourced from local providers. I am hoping it will fill a recognised gap in the market and also benefit the environment and local community.”

The new hostel will cater for 14 people and the completed project also promotes the work of local artists and craftsmen.

For more information on the project visit the Old Repeater Station website.

Northumberland National Park Authority, Eastburn, South Park, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BS, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1434 605555 Fax: +44 (0)1434 611675 Email: enquiries@nnpa.org.uk