Category Archives: Archaeology

A church by a castle by a viaduct

In over 20 years in Northumberland we had never managed to stop at and look around the church and castle at Edlingham.  The church has the oldest beginnings in the 11th century (or possibly earlier) while the castle dates from … Continue reading

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An Airport Built on Sand

Barra Airport is quite literally built on sand; the terminal building is in the dunes and the runway is the beach.  The little Twin Otter plane provides the air link to Glasgow and while it is somewhat more expensive than … Continue reading

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A Castle in the Bay

The weather on the journey had been less than promising but as we approached Barra on the ferry the island was silhouetted in the evening sun.  The boat took us in to Castlebay to the jetty just next to the … Continue reading

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Rediscovering the Coast

For a year we have been climbing hills and in doing so have given little attention to the coast, and coast is something that Northumberland does well.  Yesterday was a day of sunshine and wind; a strong wind blowing offshore … Continue reading

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Wintery Hills

The Northumberland Hills are a great place to get distant views at any time of year but recent ventures out there have come with rather curtailed vistas with mist and blowing snow.  The snow has come and gone this year … Continue reading

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A Hill in the Middle

Positioned at what must be about the centre of the Lake District, Fleetwith Pike holds a commanding position at the top of the Buttermere Valley.  It’s a steep climb from the valley floor with a few false summits along the … Continue reading

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Footprints in the snow

Quite by chance we have managed to walk in the Simnonside hills on pretty much the same weekend for three years in a row.  This year the weather was distinctly more wintry with deep blown snow on the plateaux.  Rather … Continue reading

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