Can you imagine being less than a foot away from a nesting shag and a few feet away from puffins? Well, that's exactly what awaits you on the Farne Islands! This is bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast paradise. The Farne Islands, located just off the Northumberland coast in the North East of England and managed by the National Trust, are a quite important sanctuary … [Read more...] about Farne Islands puffins and a close shag or two
Allen Banks is a stretch of the Allen river managed by the National Trust. We missed the Bat walk with the ranger 2 nights before (find out why- here), but I was still keen to explore this little piece of nature. Dadonthebrink was stuck working, so off me and my brood went. The Allen Banks walk was for me: I love walking along rivers, watching the water run down over rocks, … [Read more...] about Allen Banks: How far can a 22 month old toddler walk?
Tucked away in the Northumberland countryside is a magical place: Belsay Hall, gardens and castle. Luckily for us I picked an especially lovely spring day to explore Belsay with the children. I really had no clue of what we were in for when I decided to add it to our agenda. It came highly recommended, so I went with the recommendation and boy am I glad I did! The … [Read more...] about An enchanted hall, garden and castle, Belsay
Did you know that the Romans occupied early Britain for nearly 400 years? To act as their most northern border and keep out the barbarians they built Hadrian's wall (now a UNESCO world heritage site) and then erected 14 plus forts along it. We visited Houseteads Fort, originally named Vercovicium by the Romans. Now it is under the custodial care of the National Trust and … [Read more...] about A visit to Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall