Norham Castle and the Tweed Valley

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The Most Dangerous Place in England: Norham Castle and the Tweed Valley

This is a lovely walk from a fantastic castle along the banks of the River Tweed and through foods and across fields to the castle again. This is the very edge of England; Scotland is in view for quite a lot of the walk. This proximity to the Auld Enemy is the reason for Norham Castle's existence; built by the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham it stands high on the cliffs above the Tweed fords at Norham. On several occasions invading Scottish armies have besieged it, on two occasions they flattened it, the last time in 1513, after which it was rebuilt to more effectively use gunpowder artillery. But ninety years later the Act of Union brought its time as a frontier fortress to an end. Who knows, someday soon it may once again stand between two independant countries. In Bishop Percy's ballad 'The Hermit of Warkworth' and Walter Scott's 'Marmion', Norham is called 'the most dangerous place in England'. Go do the walk, see for yourself.

England - North England - Northumberland - Countryside

03/10/2013 - Richard Hardy

Some on lead walking along roads, and some exposure to livestock - didn't have the dogs with me on this walk - probably a 3.5