Goodbye Scotland, Hello England

July 22, 2008 at 1:11 am 1 comment

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. 

Warkworth Castle underground

     “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.

Warkworth Castle

Warkworth Castle

Warkworth lion

Warkworth lion


castle wall

 We walked along the River Coquet.

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.

The Major Oak

The Major Oak

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest tree sprite


                                               A few more pictures.



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  • 1. WardrobeBecky  |  July 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Nottingham Shire was another travel by myself get away from London. People wondered where I’d been all day. Hee hee hee my secret. When I was there The Oak was crawling with kids. Your picture of you and the tree in solitude is much more serene. Did you get into Nottingham Castle or into the city? There’s a Maid Marian Cafe if I remember correctly. Too funny tourism name. And the castle is right next to an ancient and yet still active cemetary. It was a great day! Looks like you had a hoot too. I can’t believe you are sooooo lucky to have seen a sprite! You are blessed and lucky. I think the legend goes that if you see a sprite hair starts to grow on your toes. That’s how everyone knows!! Hee hee hee.


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