Goodbye Scotland, Hello England
July 6, 2008
After a wonderful Scottish holiday we had to head back to England. This time we drove down the east coast. On a whim we stopped at Warkworth Castle on the River Coquet. It is a beautiful castle with a labyrinth of underground rooms.
“The castle’s most famous owners were the Percy family, whose lion badge can be seen carved on many parts of their stronghold. Wielding almost kingly power in the north, their influence reached its apogee under the first Earl of Northumberland and his son Henry ‘Harry Hotspur’ Percy, hero of many Border ballads as the bane of Scots raiders and a dominant character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. Having helped to depose Richard II, these turbulent ‘kingmakers’ both fell victim to Henry IV: the next three Percy Earls likewise died violent deaths.” – English Heritage Soc.
We walked along the River Coquet.
We continued our drive home via Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which is a larger city than I realized. At last we reached our final holiday destination – Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. The sun had just come out and the trees were wet with fresh rain. We easily found The Major Oak which is held up by scaffolding. There is a long-bow archery range nearby but it was already closed. The forest was very quiet.