Sometimes I comment on your blogs after you have visited me, however the comment you get from me may not be from the site you visited. That’s because I have more than one blog.
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Baggeridge and Himley Hall

Baggeridge Country Park and Himley Hall grounds

Free

Car parking £3 a day

Another visit to Baggeridge, we visited here at the beginning of the year and wrote about it here¬†so I won’t write about it again except to say this time we took the Topper scope trail to the top, up and down some very steep steps, saw the goats that have been brought in to tame some parts of the woodland and saw some beautiful Autumn colours. Got caught in a short but sharp storm that produced a rainbow and finished the walk with a rather naughty hot chocolate. These are the¬† ¬†photos of the walk this time round.

 

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River walk to Bewdley

A short walk from Blackstone car park to Bewdley along the river .8 mile each way.

Free

¬†Bewdley is a small Georgian town in the Wyre Forest District area of Worcestershire. Sitting on the River Severn, its name comes from the French words Beau Lieu – “beautiful place”.

Bewdley  town is  home to some very pretty  churches, a museum, 3 beautiful gardens,  pubs, takeaways, restaurants and walks, something for every one.

The walk we did is a favorite for us when we want to go into Bewdley, we park at Blackstone car park and walk along the river into the town. On this walk you pass a llama farm before hitting the river path, sometimes this path can be very muddy, but short and relatively flat the mud is rarely a problem. The walk is around .8 mile each way so easy for even little legs, often ducks and swans can be seen swimming along. Always pretty no matter what time of year, on the day we walked the autumn colours were coming through and leaves were falling from the trees as we walk along. Once in the town there are lot’s of things to see and places to eat so if you have a day to fill or just an hour it’s easy to find something to fill the time. To get back to the car park you can retrace your steps or take the river path on the opposite side, however towards the end of this path there is a steep set of steps to climb up then a short walk along a very busy road, or up the steps, short walk along the road, down more steep steps and back past the Llama farm to the car park.

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Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Pershore Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B5 7RL

Admission adults £6.25 child £3.30

The name of the game here is conservation, the zoo works with other zoos to help with breeding programs.

The zoo itself is small and flat, there is a picnic area and a play area for little ones, some of the animals they have include European Lynx – a big cat that used to be native to Britain, and many groups are hoping to reintroduce
Monkeys, tamarins and lemurs and the rare species  Yellow Breasted Capuchin Monkeys
Domestic animals – goats, pigs, guinea pigs and sheep from around the world
Cranes and ibises – wading birds
Snakes and lizards – including the amazing Rhinoceros Ratsnake, skinks, geckos and a very handsome Komodo lizard
Red Pandas Рa few years ago one of these cheeky chaps appeared  on the news after he escaped from his pen
Otters, antelope, wallabies, a very cute sloth, and ‘oh I want one’ little armadillos.

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Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh
Northumberland
Northumberland NE69 7DF

Admission Adult £10.95 child £5.00

There is archaeological evidence that there have been people living on this spot as early as 10,000 BC , close by¬† are Bronze Age 2,400 -700 BC burials¬† and pottery sherds dating to the Iron Age 700 BC ‚Äď 43 AD, and possibly¬† Romans¬† sometime between 43 AD and 410 AD.

Entry to the castle is through two gatehouse towers which were altered in the 18th century, but parts of the Norman stone work can still be seen.  On the Battery Terrace there is a row of cannons which range in size from 18 pound to 32 pound. Below the terrace is Battery Gate which allowed horse  drawn vehicles access to the castle, however the Vale Tipping was far too steep and brought the horses to their knees.

The grounds contain the battery terrace, battery¬† gate, State rooms which include kitchen with 3 huge fireplaces, a small room which was originally two medieval store rooms, this room also contains a 19th century air conditioning.¬† The second small room was a buttery until the 1800s when it became the girls mistresses sitting room then a writing room followed by the second Lord Armstrong’s office. The Kings Hall ceiling is made from over 300 tons of Siamese teak and is held together with over 1300 oak pins the walls are also teak and the floor is sprung pine, it is truly a beautiful room. At the top of the Kings Hall is the Cross Hall, once there were huge folding doors to close it off from the main hall and the hinges can still be seen. The centre piece of the room is a fireplace with an ornately carved mantle. The billiard room again with a huge fireplace to keep the men warm as they played billiards and talked while the woman went into the Faire Chamber with a fireplace decorated with musical instruments. There is what is now an armoury and was once a chapel. There is also a court room keep hall, service areas, scullery and dungeon, although the dungeon never really existed it was a coal cellar. Also in the grounds are the inner wards, west ward, archaeology dig and Armstrong and Aviation museum.

The castle is a really interesting place to visit.

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Caster to Beadnell

Craster to Beadnell

8 ¬Ĺ mile one way.

Free

This is a lovely walk which takes in beach and coastal path, the walk starts at the quaint romantic  harbour. A short walk from the village takes you onto the coastal, and after just a short way Dunstanburgh castle comes into view. Here you can choose to visit the castle or carry on, we carried on. You skirt around the bottom of the castle leaving the ruin behind passing through a field of cows, on the day we walked we had one very inquisitive cow who wanted to know what was in my back pack. Along this part of the walk you pass an old complete gunners post, I took a look hoping to be able to get inside, however the inside and the doorway have been blocked up. At Low Newton the walk drops down onto beach until you arrive at High Newton, where you leave the beach to walk the clifftops.   You can continue this walk along the coastal path or has we did drop down the sand dunes onto the beach to walk the rest of the way. There is a small river that covers the beach on the beach walk, this can be wadded through or there is a bridge back on the road, we wadded and walked on to Beadnell

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Beadnell to Bamburgh along the Beach

Around 9 mile round trip

This walk can be done either along the coastal path or along the seashore depending on the tides.

We decided to walk the shoreline as hubby’s knee was playing him up. The walk leaves the beach for a short time at Seahouses which if time allows is a lovely little village that is well worth a visit.

The walk starts at Beadnell from the road you walk a short way through dunes onto a volcanic beach. The hardened rock forms a landscape of huge ripples almost like another world, and there are some beautiful colours to been seen in the formations. This is also the place to see brightly coloured seaweeds and cove after cove of rock formations.

At seahouses you leave the beach for a short walk along the top before dropping back down, it is at this point the volcanic rock begins to disappear  along with the coves and the beach stretches out  straight as far as the eye can see in front of you. Along this stretch of the beach the wreak of a ship can also be seen.

Towards the end of this walk Bamburgh castle comes into view in all it’s glory, looming over the beach from it’s vantage point high on the hill. You can get to the castle by following the path through the dunes.

 
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Linsdisfarne Priory

Holy Island
Berwick-Upon-Tweed,
Northumberland,
TD15 2RX

Admission adults £6.80 child £4.10

In 635 King Oswald  summoned an Irish monk named Aidan from Iona  (the island-monastery off the south-west coast of what is now Scotland) to be bishop of his kingdom. Oswald granted Aidan and his companions the small island of Lindisfarne to found a monastery   on.

In the 670s a monk named Cuthbert joined the monastery at Lindisfarne. He   became Lindisfarne’s greatest monk-bishop, and the most important saint in northern England in the Middle Ages.

Cuthbert reformed the monks way of life to conform to the religious practices of Rome rather than Ireland. This didn’t go down well, so Cuthbert decided to retire and live as a hermit. He lived at first on an island¬† just offshore now known as St Cuthbert‚Äôs Isle, later moving¬† across the sea to the more remote island of Inner Farne.

In 685 Cuthbert was made a bishop at insistence of the king and Cuthbert new duties brought him back into the world of kings and nobles, where he acquired a considerable reputation as a pastor, seer and healer.

On 20 March 687 Cuthbert died and was buried in a stone coffin inside the church on Lindisfarne. Legend as it that  eleven years later the monks opened his tomb and  to their delight they discovered that Cuthbert’s body had not decayed,  a sure sign they argued of his purity and saintliness. His remains were elevated to a coffin-shrine at ground level, and this marked the beginnings of the cult of St Cuthbert.  Miracles were soon reported at St Cuthbert’s shrine and Lindisfarne became a place of major pilgrimages. As a result, the monastery grew in power and wealth due to gifts of money, precious objects and  land from kings and nobles.

After  a devastating raid by Viking pirates in 793 the Lindisfarne monks retreated inland to Norham during the 830s. Then in 875 the decision was made to leave Lindisfarne for good. The monks wandered for seven years carrying St Cuthbert’s coffin and the treasures of Lindisfarne and eventually settled at Chester-le-Street, building a church in the middle of the old Roman fort. St Cuthbert’s relics were moved again in 995 and enshrined at Durham, where they remain.

The ruins of the priory are very impressive, however it has lost it’s feel of calm due to the fact that people are encouraged to use it like a park, picnics, ball games etc, so it’s very hard to soak up the atmosphere. There’s a nice little museum giving the history of the priory and St Cuthbert, the more I learnt about him the more I wish I could have met him.

Also in the same grounds stands The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, or should I say the priory sits in the grounds of the church given that parts of the church have been there since the 7th century. This is a beautiful little church with lovely stain glass windows and a wood carving of the monks carrying St. Cuthbert’s coffin called ‘The journey’ which is strangely moving.

The grave yard is also worth a look around, very old graves and some very impressive tombs.

 

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