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Fishink walks in Northumberland.

May 21, 2012

I was in Northumberland at the start of last week and managed a couple of beautiful walks. The first was around Hareshaw Linn, which was the old 1830’s site for two iron work blast furnaces.

There are a number of bridges spanning the river, before you reach the Waterfall at the end of the walk.

I liked the patterns on the water and the ferns on the boughs.

There is a rather stunning and slightly Tolkien-esque bridge on the way.

Whilst following one of the long and straight roman roads, I came across an 11th century church called St John the Baptist, in Edlingham. The remarkable tower is a 14th-century addition. There are some interesting carvings inside and spot the iron gate catch with a cross on top. Wonderful details.

Mr Wagtail showed me the way in.

A colourful stained glass window and some artistically styled floral displays.

Only a few metres away from the church is Edlingham Castle, a 13th century building with 16th century battlements and defences.

More of the local wildlife was happy to pose for photographs too !

On the road between Alnwick and Otterburn, I came across a stunning waterfall by the roadside. It is hard to describe how amazing it was at the time, but the strong sunlight was streaming in through the oak trees new growth of yellow leaves. It created an almost Japanese grotto effect, which left me speechless for a few minutes. It is also mentioned in this tourism guide.

Another stunning walk I did was around Briarwood Banks.

This area is one of the best examples of rare, semi-natural woodland in Northumberland. Ash dominates, although oak and birch are common. Typical ancient woodland plants include ramsons, woodruff and dogs mercury. It was green for go everywhere !

These wild Pansies caught my eye. I was sad to leave Northumberland and it’s quiet rolling landscapes, hope to get back soon.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2012 11:10 pm

    I love your photos of the English countryside (Dorset, where I come from, and Northumberland, just done) and the Architectural details. What a fantastic blog.
    So much in common – Bawden etc.

    • May 22, 2012 11:20 pm

      Hi Henry. Many thanks for your comments and thoughtful words. I’m so pleased that the images also say so much to you, as they seem to do to me, when I capture them initially. Please feel welcome to add a comment whenever you’re inspired to do so. Craig

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