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Northumberland Holiday July 2014

We had Five days in the north of England in July it turned out to be a great trip and you will find the travels we made below. We managed a couple of long walks and the rest was sight seeing.

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Bamburgh Castle

Well yet another Holiday was needed after the long break from the last( Gail said 3 weeks). The trip this time consisted a visit to the Border county of Northumberland with its rich heritage and coastline which has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, there are many castles in this area which date back many hundreds of years to a time when England had trouble with the Scots

Holy Island Walk

The second day of our break consisted a trip to the Holy island of Lindisfarne, the islands recorded history goes back to the 6th Century. It was an important centre of Celtic Christianity under Saints Aidan of Lindisfarne, Cuthbert, Eadfrith of Lindisfarne and Eadberht of Lindisfarne. After Viking invasions and the Norman conquest of England a priory was reestablished
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The Border walk

Well this walk ended up a bit grim really, a classic coastal walk from the Scottish fishing town of Eyemouth (map) along the coast crossing the English/Scottish border and then arriving at Berwick-Upon-Tweed (map). We are both lovers of Coastal paths but shame on the Scottish and English councils for the upkeep on the path at points was dreadful


We used the train for this visit to the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh, setting off from Berwick Train station (map) The journey takes about 47min and cost £47 not too bad but if they want us to drop the car they will have to reduce the cost before I convert. Edinburgh is a busy city and there are thousands of tourists milling about so make sure you plan your day
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Farne Islands

he last day proved to be the best as we set sail courtesy of Billy Shiel’s boats trip to the Farne Islands, the islands are run by the National Trust and are a haven for wildlife. They say they are the most exciting seabird colonies in England and after visiting I must agree, we both have never seen wildlife so up close in all our travels


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