Out and about………………Northumberland

I love Northumberland, its my favourite of all the English counties.  Fantastic countryside, great beaches (if a bit cold!) and the friendliest people you could meet.  So, where better to ride………..

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We rode up to Kielder – Englands largest forest and Europes’ largest man made lake/reservoir.  It took us just over 2 hours to get here, but no numb bum! I’m getting to really like this bike!  We had a wander round the lake……….

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and a ride around the forest……..

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We decided to do something completely new (to us)  go off  Tarmac – panic set in, what if we fell off and damaged Tiger………..DSCF0128

OK – so it’s not bad, I know, and we’ve ridden on worse “roads”  abroad.  Lovely views on the way up and at the top tho’

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there was even  a bench for us when we got there…..

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We were only a few miles away from Scotland so, why not go thru’ the Borders – it’s quite a long way home this way but we were in no hurry and were still comfortable – did I say how I like this bike……

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so goodbye England

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and hello Scotland!

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Not much different – sheep look the same, no tartan ones about (none that we saw anyway!) I think Scottish sheep must be more intelligent than English ones, they stay in fields instead of wandering around the roads….

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Men never listen!  They want clean visors, but don’t bring anything to clean them with – do they think they’re going to ride to the middle of nowhere and find some cleaning product and a cloth?? Any way this stream did the trick ( I was tempted to push him in – but he may have got injured and I can’t ride!  I did try to learn, but that was a disaster………maybe when I get to Turkey and have more time i’ll try again)

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It would be nice to ride around Scotland more – but time doesn’t allow at the moment.    We rode home thru’ the Lake District, but i’ll save those pics for another post.

The East coast of Northumberland probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves,  I personally think it has the best beaches in England, but the weather usually lets it down.  We rode up thru’ Newcastle and via the coast.  I then realised I hadn’t charged my camera battery,  so couldn’t take many photos – I won’t do that again!  Any way a few I did get…Amble Marina and a “not very good” pic of Ian, stuffing his face with Fish n chips, which I had queued for around 40 minutes for, and which really weren’t that good!

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Warkworth Castle

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and then into Alnwick.  We rode thru’ this arch about 3 times

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I already said men never listen, I knew where Alnwick castle was, I used to work up here – but no, he knew best (he thought!) so third time lucky and we found it. I lined up my shot……and this car went past, and totally obscured Tiger!

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Alnwick castle was built in Norman times (11 century) and has been used for alot of TV shows and films. I remember it from the first series of  Blackadder but is probably most famous as being used for the Harry Potter films.

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And my battery finally died!

I’ve “pinched” this pic from the internet – so you can see what I mean about the beaches…….

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think we’ll have to go back!

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3 Responses to “Out and about………………Northumberland”

  1. I have forgotten my spare batteries and when I do I always see a really good shot…I could of taken!!!

  2. Hi Linda,
    I got told off , of course!! Mine doesn’t have normal batteries or I would have bought some – it’s got one of those rechargeable cell battery things.

  3. We have one of each..took the normal battery one with us touring..easier to get new batteries…Got told off hee hee…Ian didn’t remember to charge the camera either lol

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