Now East to West

We left the East Coast of England and headed across country towards the West Coast following Hadrain’s Wall

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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.



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Wall spotters


The sun has got his hat on.To the sea!

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.B5.jpg


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.



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Mrs Eider Duck and Chick

Not for me. Northumberlandia


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.



Timber supplies were crucial to the war-time economy and was used for pit props, aircraft manufacture, building repairs to name a few  An off shoot of Women’s Land Army, The Women’s Timber Corps, known as “ The Lumberjills” They were employed to provide a steady supply of wood during the Second World War and are remembered in a steel sculpture in Dalby Forest north Yorkshire.

lumber jills.3.jpglumber jillslumber jills.2.jpgSculptor Ray Lonsdale, from near Durham, won the competition set by the Forestry Commission to create a  memorial to the women and the work they carried. lumber jills.2