We left the East Coast of England and headed across country towards the West Coast following Hadrain’s Wall
Stopping at many forts and Roman remains along the wall. Some parts were well sign posted and had many visitors others parts were more quiet and off the main tourist routes
Hadrian’s Wall runs 73 miles across Northern England and is considered the most important Roman monument in Britain.In built on the direct orders of Emperor Hadrian
in AD 122 & took 10 years to complete.
Well rain again over night but given the bright blue sky this morning decided I need to get a paddle on the seashore. However on route a stop off at Warkworth Castle while waiting for the tide to drop.
Near Amble notice a light house on a small island so more photo’s (on checking the OS map Coquet Island so I guess this is Coquet Lighthouse.)
Then on to Alnmouth beach for the rest of the day.
Mrs Eider Duck and Chick
What is she “The centrepiece of a park is Northumberlandia, a human landform sculpture of a reclining lady.”
Northumberlandia was built by the Banks Group as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine The project is known as restoration 1st – taking an extra piece of land donated by the landowner, the Blagdon Estate, adjacent to the mine and providing a new landscape for the community to enjoy while the mine is still operational. The £3 million cost of the project has been privately funded by the Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate.While I really enjoy public art,(old and modern) open spaces and conservation, I do not get Northumberlandia yes it is an open space, yes it provides an area for the public, yes it provides a home for nature. Unlike the white horses on the Wiltshire Downs which you can enjoy from afar Northumberlandia you need to own a helicopter to get a real view –as I do not own one and I can not fly. I DO NOT GET IT. (sorry if this view upsets anyone). Nice to have visited glad I was passing and did to travel miles to see.
The above link to my May visit to The 158 Squadron Memorial by Peter Naylor since then the wild flowers have come out so on passing today I thought it worth posting these pictures taken today (23rd June).
Grey squirrels, were originally from North America and were released in the UK in 19th Century. They are now common and widespread.They are very successful and have replaced our native red squirrels over much of the UK.
The back road to Meon Shore Titchfield is closed for a few weeks for repairs, due to this a safe walk along the road next to the marsh is possible due to lack of traffic.
A few pictures of flowers along the road side.
Oil seed rape is in full flower turning many fields around the area where we are staying a bright yellow.
Sea mist this morning at Whitby Abbey.
Whitby Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey looking over Whitby in North Yorkshire. It was disestablished during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII.