A TELEVISION crew from ITV's This Morning visited Northumberland National Park for a new feature titled Stepping into Spring, which was broadcast on Monday. 

The new feature shows presenter Julia Bradbury visiting some of Britain's most beautiful walks.

Julia said: "I had visited the park before and couldn't wait to go back because I had been blown away by its stunning views.

"During this visit, however, I was almost literally blown away as it was what I could best describe as blustery on the day. However, as I mentioned in the This Morning film, whether it's gloriously sunny or overcast and atmospheric, as it was on the day we visited - the park has something to offer in all weathers." 

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To commemorate the 1,900th anniversary of Hadrian's Wall, the team visited English Heritage's Housesteads Fort, one of Britain's best examples of a complete fort. 

Julia was given a guided tour by curator Dr Frances McIntosh.

Julia said: "I wish every school in Britain could have a history teacher like Frances, her enthusiasm for her work was infectious and she brought Housesteads alive for us.

"As viewers will have seen in the film, Frances was particularly enthused by the best preserved toilets on the wall, and the view from the North Gate of the fort, that inspired  G.R.R Martin's Ice Wall in 'Game of Thrones'."

The National Trust's Sycamore Gap was also featured. A filming location in the 1991 film 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves', the tree is said to be one of the most photographed in the world.

Hexham Courant: FILM: Julia Bradbury at Sycamore Gap. Image: ITV FILM: Julia Bradbury at Sycamore Gap. Image: ITV

The next stop was to meet Jonjo Pattinson, whose hill farming family have worked the land for three generations.

Julia commented: "We had wanted to watch a farmer working with a sheepdog, and were recommended Jonjo.

"Jonjo and his family are charming, however, the star of the show was very much his 14-year-old daughter Claudia.

"Claudia recently won her first open sheepdog trial, which means she was competing against juniors and adults alike, and looks set to be a star of the future. She was also a complete sweetie, and I had a lovely - if chilly - afternoon watching her expertly work her collie Grayless Jean."

Julia and crew finished the trip with a visit to the Twice Brewed Inn after a chilly but rewarding filming day. 

Watch Julia Bradbury's Stepping into Spring series, This Morning weekdays on ITV from 10am and on the ITV Hub.