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    Northumberland

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 7, 2015

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    Northumberland - bordering on Scotland to the North, Cumbria to the West and the Northern Sea to the East - is a highly interesting area of England. Its history was dominated by the military struggles between Scotland and England and the constant raiding of the "Border Reivers", which explains the many castles (Alnwick, Bamburgh, Chillingham, Dunstanburgh) built here on strategic locations. The eastern part of the Hadrians Wall path leads through Northumbria. Boattrips to the Farne Islands - where the first viking invasion on Lindisfarne Island took place in 793 - allow to observe seabirds and seals. There are many great hiking paths, among them hikes along Embleton Beach or through the Kielder Forest.

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    Dunstanburgh Castle

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 7, 2015

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    Dunstanburgh Castle is a picturesque ruined fortress, located on the dramatic cliffs of the Northumberland coast between Craster and Embleton. Dunstanburgh was one of the greatest castles of the High Middle Age in England, but heavily damaged during the Wars of the Roses. Since then, the castle fell slowly into ruin.

    From Craster village, a wonderful circular hiking path leads to the castle along the coastline, toward the dunes of Embleton Beach, and then back to Craster. Maps available at the tourist information (parking lot in Craster). On the northern side of the castle, a large colony of different seabirds can be observed; we also saw seals near the coastline.

    Dunstanburgh Castle

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    Brinkburn Priory

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 5, 2015

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    Brinkburn Priory is a former monastery, located in a bend of the Coquet River, ca. 6 km east of Rothbury (Northumberland). The monastery, dating back to the 12th century, was dissolved in 1536 and fell into decay, until it was privately restored by the Cadogan family between 1858 and 1868. The priory church is all that remains from the medieval buildings; it has wonderful stained-glass windows and is well worth a visit.

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    Brinkburn Priory

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    Chillingham White Cattle

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 5, 2015

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    The white Chillingham Cattle is a unique "feral" bovine species living on the historic hunting grounds of Chillingham Castle. The herd counts less than a 100 heads and exists only here, making it one of the rarest cattle species in the world. The local counts hunted them in the Middle Ages like deer or boar; these are not "domesticated" animals but wild ones. The bulls have a hierarchy and fight challengers on a regular basis.

    It is possible to do (hourly) walking tours, accompanied by a ranger, among these animals. To do so, buy a ticket at Chillingham Castle and drive past the castle towards the parking lot of "Chillingham Wild Cattle Park". From here, walk five minutes across a sheep meadow to a barn where the ranger will meet you.

    Chillingham White Cattle

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    Bingley Big Five Locks [ West Yorkshire]

    by gwendar Written Apr 13, 2015

    The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is England's longest single canal at 127 miles long and has some of the best scenery and engineering examples of the canal age.
    The Bingley five rise is a fine example of a five rise staircase locks
    The locks rise and lower boats a level of 18.03m over distance of 98m
    The locks opened in march 1774
    There are refreshments to be found at the top of the five rise in the five rise café see review.
    There is also an app available from the canal and river trust.

    topath view looking up to the five rise narrowboat leaveing the bottom lock middle chamber note depth of lock chamber view looking down swing bridge across top lock
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    LYMM CHESHIRE ENGLAND

    by gwendar Written Apr 13, 2015

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    Lymm is a large village near the town of Warrington in the northwest of England it is in the county
    of Cheshire.
    The village bisected by the bridgewater canal which provides you with a very nice opportunity to
    walk in some tranquil surroundings.
    The main section of the village also allows you to have some very pleasant walking and affords you some very good choices of leisure ,shopping and dining
    There is a old cross in the village of note and also the large lake called the dam which has some fine wildlife and varied birdlife.

    looking towards the main street View across the dam [lake] towards St mary church Pond looking in direction of the dam The old cross and village stocks A view of the Duke of bridgewaters canal
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    Standing where romans once walked [BOWES CASTLE]

    by gwendar Written Mar 4, 2015

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    This small castle is to be found in the village of Bowes in the county of Durham
    it dates from the 12 c and stands inside the perimeter of a former Roman fort
    the views across the valley are quite beautiful

    Bowes castle south and east faces East and North faces West face shows the amount of stone removed Inside view of keep Information board and castle plan
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    Darley corn mill Harrogate [north yorkshire]

    by gwendar Written Mar 4, 2015

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    The Darley mill corn mill is a very pleasant visit to the north Yorkshire dales it features an old restored water powered corn mill dating from 1874 measuring some 27 feet in diameter.
    The centre consists of three floors of shopping and a restaurant ,with many delightful local
    products on sale.
    Internal views of the shopping floors and the restaurant are shown in my travelogue

    An old picture of Darley mill Inside parts of the old mill The 27 foot wheel/mis machinery Entering from the car park Carpark view of mill
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    A fine yorkshire town and castle [HEMSLEY]

    by gwendar Updated Feb 1, 2015

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    The charming small north Yorkshire town of Hemsley,has a very nice English country feeling to it
    with a lot of character.
    A visit on market day is recommended as on sale are some very fine homemade local products
    There are also some fine local shops selling a very good range of local crafts.
    Eating in Hemsley is well catered for there being a very good selection of Pubs and cafes to choose from.
    A must visit while in Hemsley is its 900 year old castle this can clearly be seen from the market place in the center of town photos on page 2

    Market cross Side street leading onto the market Beck running to rear of the market Looking towards the market from the main street Market to the right looking down main street
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    Ingleton waterfalls walk (north yorkshire)

    by gwendar Written Nov 19, 2014

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    This is a very beautiful circular walk in the north dales of Yorkshire it has some very fine views and
    pretty waterfalls and is some 8km in distance and takes about some 3 to 4 hours to complete.
    The small village of Ingleton can be found some 11 miles north of the town of Settle on
    A65 road.
    Signs are shown in the village to the start of the walk
    opening time is 9am and it is open throughout the year.
    The walk has been welcoming visitors since 1885

    Nature at its best Rival falls Baxenghyll gorge A fine moorland view Thornton force
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    Wiltshire

    by grayfo Written Nov 2, 2014

    Wiltshire is a land-locked county located in the south-west of England; the county shares its borders with Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Must see attractions include Longleat Safari Park, Burlington, and the Swindon Steam Railway Museum. Historical sites include Stonehenge, Avebury, King Alfred’s Tower and Malmesbury Abbey.

    The county town of Wiltshire since 1930 has been Trowbridge

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    The oldest armshouse in England [winchester]

    by gwendar Written Aug 3, 2014

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    The medieval almshouse of Saint Cross in Winchester was founded in 1133/36 it is the oldest charitable institution in England its founder was HENRY-DE-BIOIS.
    He was the then bishop of Winchester and a grandson of William the conqueror.
    Saint cross is the oldest and largest medieval almshouse in England.

    16c gatehouse vaulted cealing 16c
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    Walking around Walkworth

    by gwendar Updated Jul 26, 2014

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    This Northumberland village is to be found 2 miles north of the town of amble.
    The village its self is to be found next to the river coquet,it has a very impressive castle,and was the birthplace of HENRY PERCY[HOTSPUR] friend and foe of HENRY IV.
    Also to be seen is a humpbacked medieval bridge noted for its fortified tower,and upstream is to found a 14th c hermitage with a vaulted chapel cut into the cliff.
    The village also has a nice church [st Lawrence] and the market square,also it has a Victorian drinking fountain.

    Walkworth castle Views of walkworth castle Views of the medieval bridge The 14c  hermitage church,fountain,main street,market cross
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    Brougham castle History by a peaceful river

    by gwendar Updated Jul 26, 2014

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    A visit to Brougham castle in cumbria northwest England.
    This very picturesque castle dates from the 13th century and is situated by the river Emont
    set in the eden valley.
    A complex of passages and spiral stairs makes this a very interesting castle to explore.
    The castle was founded by Robert de Vieuxpont.

    Brougham castle in bright sun. 2 views of the Keep View from upper gallery castle outer wall upper passage way
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    Englands Textile History [Helmshore lancshire]

    by gwendar Written Jun 20, 2014

    This one of those places that you find by chance a museum dedicated to a bygone industry
    the Helmshore textile mills are situated on the river ogden in the small Lancashire village of the same name.
    It is well worth a visit to see and learn about the fascinating history of the manufacture of textiles

    Helmshore mills set in the rossendale valley Helmshore mills visitor enterance The rear mill next to the disused railway viaduct Some of the old mill machines Again machinery inside the mill
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