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Old 09-10-2013, 04:09 AM   #1
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A Few Trips round Northumberland, England

Hi all, I'm new round here, and new to riding, so to get a few miles under my belt, I thought I'd travel to a few Medieval Ruins which are liberally scattered around here.

Northumberland was the location of choice for the English and Scots to fight for over 1000 years, so has plenty of sites to go around.

The first tour out was to Warkwarth Castle. I've not managed many pictures, as it was just a local ride out, and I got there just as it was closing up, but here is my XT125 infront of the gatehouse.



As A dedicated fair weather only rider, I'll be updating as soon as the weather is fair again :)

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Old 09-10-2013, 04:39 AM   #2
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:02 AM   #3
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Part 2 - Edlingham Castle.

It was looking a bit grim outside, after an earlier thunderstorm, but seemed to be brightening, so I decided to risk it for a biscuit. This one was a little more tricky to find than Warkworth, in a small village near Rothbury.

I had to park up near this church, which apparently has foundations dating from 1050. The slit windows in the tower are signs of its dual use, both a church, and a strong hold in the event of raiders.





The castle is only 2 minutes away, down a short path, to the castle, which was first a fortified house, which grew into a castle around 12 century, but fell into disrepair and disuse around the 17th C. as the threat of border raids diminished.



It really deserves better pictures than the crappy camera in my iPhone delivers.



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Old 09-10-2013, 10:59 AM   #4
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Great stuff! Keep it coming! Always good to see an interesting part of the England/Scots borderlands. The really knocked seven bells of !@#$% out of each other for a long time, didn't they? How are you finding the riding experience so far? What led you to get a bike and start going through the whole licensing process? How do you like the bike?
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:01 PM   #5
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Keep em coming mate, photos look fine to me.
Not sure how you will go being a fair weather rider in England though, that will limit you to a couple of days a year wont it?
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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Very cool.

Am I the only one expecting John Cleese to pop his head up over the side?


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Old 09-11-2013, 09:08 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=crowe2815;22298666]Keep em coming mate, photos look fine to me.

Keep em coming for sure.I'm an expat Geordie and really enjoy these pictures of my old stomping grounds.

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Old 09-11-2013, 03:02 PM   #8
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Keep em coming mate it's my favourite part of the country I'm just sorry I can't spend more time in the north east
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:44 PM   #9
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Welcome and keep em coming.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:00 PM   #10
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Nothing says Adventure like setting off across the countryside to find a Castle.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:17 AM   #11
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Unfortunately no new updates, I was out and about yesterday, but forgot my camera, but found some fantastic lanes that will definitely need a re-visit.

If the weather is clear next weekend, a visit up the coast to holy island and lindisfarne castle might be on the cards.

In reply to bladers questions. My dad has loads of mostly vintage bikes, and has done for as long as I can remember. He is an ex motorcycle cop so there have always been bikes about. I've no idea why I decided to get one, it was a bit of a rash decision, but I'm enjoying it.

I've got the first part of my test booked for a few weeks time, so hopefully can get it out the way soon, and get rid of the fugly L plates

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Old 09-15-2013, 12:53 PM   #12
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Hi Northern Monkey,
Glad to welcome you amongst the riding community. I have also only just started (18 months ago). Don't worry about the rain, it is just as fun as long as you are properly equipped. In any case, you should definitely go out occasionally in the rain because one day you will get caught out. And given sods law, that will probably be on roads you don't know etc... Therefore it is really much better to go out on wet roads beforehand to practise in a controlled environment. - just my two cents worth...
Really like the photos, keep them coming!
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:32 PM   #13
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From one monkey to another the pictures are great and good luck with your test.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:04 PM   #14
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So the weather did clear a little, and I headed out for a short while this afternoon. If I'd realised how unpleasant riding in the wind would be, I probably wouldn't have bothered. However, in keeping with he castle theme, I headed towards Tynemouth Castle and Priory



The castle was built to guard the priory, and sits on a rocky outcrop. Protected on 3 sides by cliffs



The castle gatehouse dates from 1390.



The priory itself is much earlier with origins around the 6th century AD, although the remains are probably from about 500 years after then

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Old 09-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #15
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Cool pics, keep em coming. I only got a 2-week trip in the Highlands and loved every day. The rain days I was glad I wasn't on a bike but gear up. I live in the desert and I've only done a few rides without needing the rain gear this year. Get yourself a little waterproof duffle on there to carry things. I wouldn't go anywhere on your turf without rain gear
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