Unique Places in Northumberland

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    Craster

    by leics Written May 22, 2004

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    A tiny fishing village with a superb fish shop (Craster kippers are famous). The pub does excellent crab sandwiches. Walk along the cliffs in either direction.....to the north lies Dunstanburgh castle, to the south birds and wildlife. It's best to leave your car in the car park just outside the village, as there's hardly anywhere to park.

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    Prehistoric carvings.

    by leics Updated Oct 24, 2009

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    Northumberland is particularly rich in strangely carved stones. More than 500 of them lie dotted about the landscape, often near known prehistoric settlements or stone circles.

    Dating from prehistoric times (Neolithic and Bronze Age, in the main) they usually have the type of 'cup and ring' pattern found in other parts of Northern Europe (including Newgrange tomb, in Ireland). No-one knows what they were for, although boundary markers are a suggested possibility. Another theory is that they were associated with funerary rites of some type, although there are no known burials. Perhaps they mark the site where cremated remains were set free to the winds.....or perhaps where a body was exposed prior to burial or cremation?

    Stones like the one in the photo are all marked on the Ordnance Survey area maps and are well-worth searching out, although they may be hidden in the bracken and heather.

    You will be touching something carved far more than 2000 years ago.

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    Dunstanburgh castle.

    by leics Written May 22, 2004

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    Built in the 14th century, Dunstanburgh castle lies in a most dramatic position just north of Craster. There's no access by car, but a gentle walk along the cliffs will take you there. It is open in the spring and summer months, but check locally for times. Don't forget to continue your walk to the north, to see the thousands of seabirds which nest on the cliffs below the castle....an amazing sight.

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    Edlingham Castle

    by nickandchris Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An interesting ruin now in the hands of English Heritage.

    John de Edlingham built the Hall House in the 12th c. which was later fortified in 1296 by Sir William Felton when needs arose. Sir William's son decided to improve the domestic side by building on a solar tower and then strengthened it's defences with the gate tower and curtain walls.

    Ownership of the House passed to The Swinburnes in 1519 who felt little need for it's defences and concentrated on it being a comfortable farm manor.

    Part of the solar tower spanned the moat, probably resulting in it's collapse and finally abandonment in 1650. Whatever happened, it's quite a sight today with the tower propped up!! English Heritage took over in 1978 and excavations revealed parts of the house which had been covered by wind-blown soil. They then tidied up and made the site safe for visitors.

    We had the place to ourselves the afternoon we visited. We'd been to Bamburgh Castle and Philip found Edlingham much more interesting. He could climb on the walls!!!

    Edlingham Castle is situated to the west of the B6341, between Rothbury and Alnwick, on a minor road. It's in a very tranquil location, next to Eldingham church. Behind is a large aqueduct, what remains of the disused railway.There is limited parking.

    Entry is free of charge.

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    Edlingham Church

    by nickandchris Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Set just in front of Edlingham Castle, the church occupies a peaceful location, in a quiet, green valley. Off behind, you can see the magnificent 1885 viaduct, now disused and abandoned.

    St. John the Baptist church was built in 11th c. and is a typical Norman building. The large, square tower was added in 14th c. and was used as a refuge from the advancing Scots. You can see the narrow slits for windows. It is possible the church was also used as a prison.Today, it is still used as the local church. What is noticeable is the pitched roof has gone, to be replaced with a flat one.

    The Lord of Edlingham Castle is buried in the churchyard which was a pretty place with the daffodils in full bloom.

    Inside, it's simple but there is a lovely stained glass window.

    Services are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

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    Robin Hood's Tree

    by hayward68 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you've seen the movie Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner then you might recognize this pic. One scene of the movie was shot at this tree which was on the hike we took.
    Start from Steel Rigg or Once Brewed and you'll stumble across it eventually.

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    Etal Village

    by stevezero Written May 19, 2006

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    Etall is a small village some 10kms south west of Berwick -upon - Tweed in the river Till valley. For a small village there is quite a lot to see and do in the area, from the castle, a light railway, olde worlde pubs, churches and a hall.
    This really is a sleepy get away from it all country village.

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