The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick
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As dusk descends, the promised monsoon rains have not quite materialised but it is cold and very windy. It's good to know we will in hot and sunny climes quite soon.
Luggage is nearly packed. Judith has been scouring the shops for suitable light clothing and we have vast quantities of medical items including insect repellents and malaria tablets.
No room for the cricket bat I'm afraid.
... for an hour in the old City Pool.
Newcastle has a long history. It has some remnants of old town walls, a few 17th century buildings, a Castle Keep and an elegant, curved street of 19th century town homes. It’s a university town and very lively with young people, especially at night. There are lots of monuments, busts and plaques commemorating local heros; a large indoor market ...
... local church there are shrines and monuments inside and outside to this brave young woman.
Our walks covered a variety of terrains: beaches, sand dunes, country lanes, cliffside paths and fording "rivers" of water running over the beach to the North Sea. The wild and beautiful Northumberland coast provided good photo ops. There were some very interesting rock formations. And there were castles! Some in ruins, some fully renovated ...
... river to arrive at Berwick station.
LS Lowry (1887-1976), a famous English painter, was especially fond of Berwick. There's now a Lowry Trail around town, with panels and his artwork.
I met three other women at the bus stop, all of us bound for the walking holiday. So much rain lately in this area had forced the blockage of the coastal road just south of Bamburgh, so we were lucky to be stopping at Bamburgh.
... today was possibly the coldest so far, no rain, sun out but a dare say it didn't get over 6 degrees. Today we explored the city, it's not as well preserved with old fortifications like York but we did see the old gate tower that was the entrance to the old city but other then that there wasn't too much. Most of the buildings date back a hundred years or so and look amazing but nothing much older.
Day 155: Finally arrived in Scotland.