Blogs from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Haltwhistle August 19th 2019

19 August 2019, Monday A hike along the Hadrian's wall trail, from Steel Rigg to Walltown Quarry - 7 miles 670 feet elevation gain. Let me start by saying that when one walks one has time to think. today I came to the realization that Hadrian started building this wall in AD122 and the Hadrian's Wall country bus number is 'AD122'; Coincidence I think not. Here at the Vallum Lodge breakfast consisted of a choice of several items. I chose salmon and scrambled eggs, served with coffee, yogurt, fruit and different cheeses. Samantha, proprietes and owner, is adept at providing each person with their choice ordered the night before as they came in to the dining room for their breakfast. She has six ensuite rooms each sleeping two people and does all the work herself. Fortified ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Haltwhistle August 18th 2019

18 August 2019, SundayToday I experience the AD122 Hadrian's wall country bus. Visit the newly opened Sill visitors center and gateway to Northumberland National Park. And Vindolanda old Roman fort and archeological site.Having gotten about seven and a half hours sleep, but still suffering a bit of jet lag, I was awake about 4:30 so had about three and a half hours before breakfast. The Burncrest B&B had a wonderful full English breakfast with lime and kiwi yogurt, a banana and then the full breakfast with French press coffee and toast. See photo.Les who is Margaret Ellery's husband was the cook for the breakfast. He spent some time telling me about his experiences as a nuclear chemist for the British government and all of the bomb testing that he was involved with around the world. The ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Haltwhistle August 30th 2017

Missed my ale pie last night. I know sad but true. My fault though as I noted that the pie came from a larger pie and I really wanted an individual one as I maintain that slices reheated go a little hard and dry around the edges. So the search goes on. Long ago have I given up on finding rabbit in any form so my holy grail is now a good ale pie (well not really. I haven't completely given up but I'm talking myself into it!). But the own brewed ales are very good and the pub itself is very good. As well as canine brews it is dog friendly and dogs are everywhere. There were 6 in just one of the areas here! We travelled to the north of the Lakes District near ... read more
The King on the throne of the Watermill.
Stone circle at Castlerigg.
More of the circle and some of some tourist.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Haltwhistle August 9th 2016

Notes from a hiking vacation in Northern England Last summer we hiked from the east coast to the west coast in England. This is a trip we for several years have been thinking of doing. We will soon begin to tell our story from the trail. But first we have a message to potential hikers. If you are planning on hiking all or parts of the Hadrian's Wall Path yourself we have for your benefit in the end of this blog entry added some travel information. You might learn one or two useful things there. Almost 2,000 years ago the Romans ruled much of Europe. The Roman Empire had its northern borders in what today is northern Germany and northern England. In the year 122 CE the Roman emperor Hadrian decided to mark the northern boundary ... read more
Guard tower
Farming country

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Haltwhistle August 8th 2016

So clad to be back in the north of England to enjoy a walk at Hadrians Wall. We arrived in England and had a week at Helen and Pete's outside Bath. Always great to be back there as it is such a lovely place with such nice country side. Walked some of the walks there and enjoyed a couple of drives through the beautiful country side around that area with the lovely villages. Just great to spend time with Pete, Helen and Georgie. Unfortuantly Alex is overseas so we will not catch up with her this time. We have visited some beautiful huge old manor houses with huge magic gardens. Helen arranged for us to go to one,Hazelbury Manor, where the gardener took us around and explained a few things along the way. Magic. So, as ... read more
Love the Old Cottages.
Relaxing with a Wine.
Visit to Shaftsbury.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Haltwhistle May 21st 2013

Geo: 54.9709, -2.45723The subject of this entry just about summarizes the last couple of days. Monday was a lazy morning. Sarah and Maureen off to work and Joe golfing, we headed around the corner for supplies at the supermarket. Pies, pizza, bacon and cereal. On the subject, its become a clear discovery that British bacon is far superior to Australian bacon. After pizza for lunch Joe returned, and we all decided to go for a bike ride. We started off at Bear Park, and rode through the countryside through to Lanchester. It took about 2 to 2.5 hours return to go the 15 miles. It was a fun ride!Today, Tuesday I whipped up some bacon sandwiches, and around 9 we were off to Hadrians Wall.Hadrians wall is old. The Romans invaded Britain around 55AD and took ... read more
Cat friend

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