Tag Archives: Northumberland

St Cuthbert’s Cave

St. Cuthbert’s Cave is an overhanging outcrop of Sandstone rock, supported by a pillar of stone. It is said that the monks of Lindisfarne brought St. Cuthbert’s body to this place in AD875 following Viking raids on the Island. Some … Continue reading

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Farne Islands

Recently I had a week on solitary retreat on the shore (30 paces from high water mark) opposite Lindisfarne. One day, I visited the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast. I went across to the Farnes on Billy Shiels’ (MBE) … Continue reading

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Chillingham Wild Cattle

They have been isolated in a walled terrain for 800 years, the last of Europe’s wild forest cattle. One hundred and twenty live here today. The 1947 winter killed all except for twentysix. They have been through the eye of … Continue reading

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All this and quiche.

For lovers of teashops and cafes. How’s this one? It’s in the old kitchens of Chillingham Castle in Northumberland. In June I had superb quiche with trimmings – I’ll be there again in September.

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Farne Islands

I visited the Farne Islands (off the coast of Northumberland) last week. The boat put us ashore on Staple Island for an hour. I took binoculars but never used them – the birds were so close. Puffin Guillemots. I told … Continue reading

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