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On our way back to Burton-on-Trent, we went to Housesteads Roman Fort, on Hadrian's Wall.

 

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The village on Holy Island. One gets to the island over a causeway, which one can use for a few hours a day. The rest of the time the causeway is flooded. More )

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On the way back from Cragside, we spotted a sign to Edlington  Edlingham Castle. It's off the beaten track, so it's free of charge, without attendants, amenities, and gets few visitors. 

 

We visited first the small, still functioning, church. 


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Cragside Hall is a Victorian mansion, built by a Lord Armstrong. He was ahead of his time in installing mod cons, including an hydro-electric plant. By the standards of the time, he made conditions convenient for his staff.

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Disclaimer: a lot of my holiday photos were taken by my brother-in-law, usually the better ones!

We stayed for a week in a small holiday town called Seahouses, on the north-east coast of Northumberland. It is an attractive place, but may be gloomy in the winter months. It was a fishing village, famous for kippers, now it is mostly holiday houses. The boats to the Farne Islands and the Holy Island leave from Seahouses.


 








  

 

The castle in the distance is Bamburgh Castle.

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