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    There's More to Northumberland than you think!

    by Forsh Written Nov 28, 2006

    Favorite thing: Norhtimberland is a land of castles, hills, moors, forests, rivers, lakes, cliffs & beaches and loads more besides! Make sure that you bring enough cloyhing & sports equipment to take full advantage, also.. give yourself plenty of time, don't miss a thing!
    Away from the A1 main trunk road, or the A189 Spine Road, the roads can be narrow, so PLEASE drive safe, and don't expect to cover more than 40 miles or even 30 miles in an hour!

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    Wallington Hall

    by stevezero Updated May 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Wallington Hall is a magnificent mansion with fine interiors and collections, set in extensive gardens and parkland
    The hall house was built in 1688 for Sir William Blackett before passing to the Trevelyan family in 1777. Charles Philips Trevelyan inherited the property from his father George Otto Trevelyan in 1928.
    Set in 100 acres (40.5 hectares) of rolling parkland, the estate includes a wooded dene (valley), ornamental lakes, lawns, and a recently refurbished walled garden.
    Alongside the beautifully furnished interior, attractions inside the house include the desk where Thomas Babington Macaulay, brother-in-law of Charles Edward Trevelyan, wrote his History of England, a large collection of antique dollshouses and an eight-panel fresco in the central hall depicting the history of Northumberland, painted by William Bell Scott.
    The National Trust also own the Estate of which the house is a part; the produce from these farms, as well as others in the region, is sold in a farm shop on site.

    We were there on a fine Sunday, and it was very busy.

    Near the village of Cambo, about 20 kms west of Morpeth.

    Admission prices
    House, garden & grounds: £8, child £4, family £20. Groups £6.80. Garden & grounds only: £5.50, child £2.75, family £14. Groups £4.70

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    Wallington Hall - Squirrels

    by stevezero Written May 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: At wallington Hall, there are some fine walks in the parkland. Down by a a lake there is a bird hide, where if you are patient, you are almost certain to see red squirrels. These animals are quite a rare sight in the UK, most of the countr's population now being confined to more remote parts of Scotland.
    You can get fairly close to the squirrels, but you would still need a longish lens to capture them at thei best on film.

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    • Birdwatching
    • Photography

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    Belsay Old Hall

    by stevezero Written May 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A two storey Tudor mansion was added to the west side of the old castle, and later the mansion was given a Jacobean west wing, both are now ruinous, but well worth viewing.
    The old hall was abandoned when the occupants moved the 300m or so to their new hall.

    Admission Charge
    Adults - £5.50 for hall, castle and grounds

    Directions:
    In Belsay, 20kms NW of Newcastle on A696 (OS Map 88; ref NZ 088785)

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    Belsay Castle

    by stevezero Written May 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Belsay Castle is a 14th century stone three storey tower house, founded by John de Strivelyn. The impressive unaltered tower, is crowned by four round corner bartizan's, standing above the machicolated parapet. In the vaulted basement is a kitchen with a well and above is a hall and a solar, both with fireplaces and tall traceried windows with seats. There is a north wing of four storeys and in the southwest corner, a spiral stair and six small rooms.

    Admission Charge
    Adults - £5.50 for hall, castle and grounds

    Directions:
    In Belsay, 20kms NW of Newcastle on A696 (OS Map 88; ref NZ 088785)

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    Belsay Hall Gardens

    by stevezero Written May 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Belsay Hall houses 30 acres of magnificent formal and informal gardens including the famous quarry gardens with their distinct micro-climate. Here rhododendrons may be found in bloom even in the middle of winter. The Cragwood Walk is especially popular in February when it has a carpet of snowdrops.
    Allow youself plenty of time for the walks and don't rush it!

    Admission Charge
    Adults - £5.50 for hall, castle and grounds

    Directions:
    In Belsay, 20kms NW of Newcastle on A696 (OS Map 88; ref NZ 088785)

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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

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    Belsay Hall

    by stevezero Updated May 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The hall was designed by the legendary Newcastle architect, John Dobson, and is exactly 100ft (30m) square. Its present unfurnished state gives even greater emphasis to its bold architecture which is now regularly used to display contemporary artworks.
    Today Belsay Hall is still being restored by English Heritage and more and more rooms are being opened to the public.
    It is intended that the hall will always be shown unfurnished, but it is still very impressive in its current state.

    Admission Charge
    Adults - £5.50 for hall, castle and grounds

    Directions:
    In Belsay, 20kms NW of Newcastle on A696 (OS Map 88; ref NZ 088785)

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    • Historical Travel
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    Don't Let Susan Map Read!

    by hayward68 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: Being able to finally hike along Hadrian's Wall was just amazing for me and I thank Steven and Susan for the opportunity. For me to walk along a wall that was built almost 2000 years ago was just unbelievable. I love seeing the history of England before my eyes and being able to reach out and touch with my own hands something built by people who changed the shape and history of England.
    This pic is the start of our hike as we climb the first stile.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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