Although Hadrian’s Wall is the best known of the Park’s historical treasures, there are other sites that hint at the shape of an older, pre-Roman society. In the northern half of the Park, on the summits of lonely Cheviot hills, are the remains of around fifty Iron Age hillforts.
Moving on from Craster the next landmark of note is the jagged ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle, standing on a spur of land that juts out into the North Sea. The castle was built in response to a military threat from Scotland, a theme that will become familiar as the border draws nearer.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland is invaded on a regular basis during the summer months. At low tide the sea parts to reveal a road across to the island. Until the water returns, traffic streams to and fro across the causeway bringing visitors eager to see the religious sites, such as the Priory, for which the island is renowned.
If you’re passing Hexham Abbey during the month of June pop in and see the ‘Artists in the Abbey’. This is a collaboration between Jill Dexter (woven textiles), Claire Myers (horse and animal paintings), Tania Taylor (hand-crafted journals and notebooks) and me.
I’ll be at Hexham Abbey all day (during Abbey opening hours) on the 20-21 & 27-28 June so come along and say hello.