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Prudhoe Castle

Castle View
Prudhoe
Northumberland
NE42 6NA

Telephone: 01661 833459
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DogPeople Says : Prudhoe Castle

Hamish visited on a very chilly and showery April day in 2008. The indoor sections of the castle, mostly in the Georgian residential block, were very welcome to keep out of the rain and to warm up. They also housed an interesting exhibition, covering the whole history of the castle and its constant occupation for over 900 years, including a model of the castle during one of its sieges. The custodian was very helpful – and we were able to buy hot drinks from him at the end of our visit. There are substantial ruins of the original castle and earthworks with a good number of information panels. We concluded our visit with a walk around the curtain wall. This gave Hamish opportunity to stretch his legs and we enjoyed the views over the natural bank down to The Tyne and of the old corn mill.

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In Prudhoe, on minor road off A695 (OS Map 88; ref NZ 092634). Parking 70m from entrance.

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Begun between 1100 and 1120 to defend a strategic crossing of the River Tyne against Scottish invaders, take your dog to explor Prudhoe Castle and its Spacious grounds.

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Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Prudhoe Castle. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Treasure Trails Northumbria

Northumberland

Telephone: 07401895109
Website: www.treasuretrails.co.uk/nor
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Our Northumbrian trails are a new way to explore and have fun with your dog. They are self-guided walking trails in great locations, ideal for a dog or family walk with a difference. Trails are between 1 and 3 miles and treasure hunt, spy mission or murder mystery themed. Visit our website for more details.

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Treasure Trails Northumbria are for all the family to enjoy with their your dog. Routes often include riversides, parks, and woodland as well as areas with shops or cafés. Although you might find places with water bowls along the way we recommend taking your own water so your best friend can have a drink if s/he needs one.

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Treasure Trails are self-guided so can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

Dog Restrictions:
You’ll need a lead as many of our routes have sections that pass through towns and villages.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Pier Road
Tynemouth
Newcastle
Northumberland
NE30 4BZ

Telephone: 0191 257 1090
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In Tynemouth, near North Pier (OS Map 88; ref NZ 373694). Visitors parking in village, 150m uphill walk.

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Set in an almost impregnable position on a steep headland between the river and the North Sea, Tynemouth offers great views of surrounding areas. You & your dog will love walking around the grounds and exploring this site.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Tynemouth Priory .Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

Castle Terrace
Warkworth
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE65 0UJ

Telephone: 01665 711423
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DogPeople Says : Warkworth Castle

Hamish visited in June 2009 en-route from Scotland to Yorkshire. A small diversion from the A1 made this possible – and it was well worth it. As ever, English Heritage’s people were helpful, one lady was very thorough with her explanations. The site was enjoyed by a number of other dogs (and their owners) during our visit. There’s a good sized car park (useful in Warkworth where parking seems difficult) – a charge is made but is refunded for visitors to the castle. Much of the castle is intact so it is easy to gain a good impression of what it must have once been. Information boards and a good audio tour provide insight to build on the remaining masonry, helping to bring some of the site’s history to life. A good day out – and great way to break a journey.

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In Warkworth, 7.5 miles South of Alnwick on A1068 (OS Map 81; Castle ref NU 247058, Hermitage ref NU 242060). Parking 30m from entrance. Audio tour.

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Crowning a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet, Warkworth Castle is one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in northern England. Take your dog to experience all this site has to offer.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Warkworth Castle. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Aydon Castle

NR Aydon Road
Corbridge
Northumberland
NE45 5PJ

Telephone: 01434 632450
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1 mile North East of Corbridge, on minor road off B6321 or A68 (OS Map 87; ref NZ 001663)

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Aydon Castle stands in a secluded woodland setting which provides a great space for dog walking with the whole family.

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Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Aydon Castle. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE20 0DX

Telephone: 01661 881636
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In Belsay, 14 miles North West of Newcastle on A696 (OS Map 88; ref NZ 088785). Pay and display parking 300m from entrance.

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Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens has something to delight and inspire you and your dog. With the two vast plant-rich gardens this will be a day out that the whole family can enjoy.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Belsay Hall. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks

Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1DG

Telephone: 01289 304493
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On the Parade, off Church St, in town centre (OS Map 75; ref NU 001531).Use town car park.

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Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks hosts a number of attractions, including 'By Beat of Drum' - an exhibition on the life of the British infantryman. Hamish included the barracks in an interesting walk around the town and parks.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle and Ramparts

Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1DF

Telephone: 0870 3331181
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The castle is adjacent to Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station. The ramparts surround the town (accessed at various points).

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The remains of a medieval castle crucial to Anglo-Scottish warfare.

Opening Times:
See details via English Heritage's weblink.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs allowed on leads.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Main Guard

Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1DG

Telephone: 01289 304493
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Berwick town centre on North bank of River Tweed (OS Map 75; ref NU 000525). Managed by Berwick Civic Society.

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The Main Guard is a Georgian Guard House near the quay: it displays 'The Story of a Border Garrison Town' exhibition.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

Black Middens Bastle House

Bellingham
Northumberland

Telephone: 0870 3331181
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180 metres (200 yards) North of minor road, 7 miles North West of Bellingham; or along a minor road from A68 (OS Map 80; ref NY 773900).

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A fortified farmhouse with thick stone walls, of a type distinctive to the troubled 16th-century Anglo-Scottish borders. The living quarters were only accessible at first floor level. Set in splendid walking country, on the Reivers Route cycle trail.

Opening Times:
All year at any reasonable time.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

Brinkburn Priory

Rothbury
Northumberland
NE65 8AR

Telephone: 01665 570628
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4.5 miles South East of Rothbury off B6344 (OS Map 81; ref NZ 116983). Picnic area (1/3 mile).

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The beautiful 12th-century church of the Augustinian priory of Brinkburn survives completely roofed and restored. Picturesquely set by a bend in the River Coquet, it is reached by a scenic 10 minute walk from the car park. Parts of the monastic buildings are incorporated into the elegant adjacent manor house.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

Brunton Turret (Hadrian's Wall)

Low Brunton
Hexham
Northumberland

Telephone: 0870 3331181
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1/4 mile S of Low Bruntonon A6079 (OS Map 87; ref NY 922698).

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Wall section and a 2.5-metre high turret, built by men of the Twentieth Legion.

Opening Times:
All year at any reasonable time.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

Chesters Roman Fort (Hadrian's Wall)

Chollerford
Hexham
Northumberland
NE46 3EU

Telephone: 01434 681379
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DogPeople Says : Chesters Roman Fort (Hadrian’s Wall)

Hamish visited on a cold and showery April 08 day. The site has its own car park and visitor centre. There’s also a museum containing mostly stone artefacts (dogs not welcome – but it is hard to see what damage could be done by a dog with a responsible owner), toilets, a picnic area and a tea shop. Because we couldn’t take Hamish in the museum we took it in turns to visit it. Hamish stayed in the warm visitor centre and we chatted to the helpful staff. The site includes significant remains supported by information boards. A special feature of this fort is its soldiers’ bathhouse just outside the fort’s walls. Substantial ruins of this remain and its is possible to imagine the different treatment rooms and how being stationed here must have been preferably to the various milecastles or some other forts. The fort is located almost next to the river that the wall crossed via a bridge. There are no remains of the bridge but a section of wall can be seen on the opposite bank.

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1/4 mile West of Chollerford on B6318 (OS Map 87; ref NY 913701).

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Chesters Roman Fort has the best preserved remains of a cavalry fort in Britain. Explore the foundations of the headquarters building and amble through the well-preserved commandant’s house.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Chesters Roman Fort. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Corbridge Roman Town

Corbridge
Hexham
Northumberland
NE45 5NT

Telephone: 01434 632349
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0.5 mile Noth West of Corbridge on minor road, then signed. (OS Map 87; ref NY 983649).

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At Corbridge Roman site you and your four legged friend can walk along the main street of this Roman garrison town, covering every aspect of Roman life.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Corbridge Roman Town. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Road
Craster
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 3TT

Telephone: 01665 576231
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8 miles North East of Alnwick; on footpaths from Craster or Embleton. (OS Map 75; ref NU 257219).

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Dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began the fortress in 1313, and the latest archaeological research carried out by English Heritage indicates that he built it on a far grander scale than was hitherto recognised, perhaps more as a symbol of his opposition to the king than as a military stronghold. The innovative gatehouse, for instance, competed with the new royal castles in Wales. The focus of fierce fighting during the Wars of the Roses, it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces, but subsequently fell into decay. Its impressive ruins now watch over a headland famous for seabirds.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage's website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome.

Edlingham Castle

Edlingham
Alnwick
Northumberland

Telephone: 0870 3331181
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At East end of Edlingham village, on minor road off B6341; 6 miles South West of Alnwick (OS Map 81; ref NU 116092). Managed by the Parochial Church Council of St John the Baptist, Edlingham, with Bolton Chapel.

Description:
The riverside ruins, principally the solar tower, of a manor house progressively fortified against the Scots during the 14th century.

Opening Times:
All year at any reasonable time.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

Etal Castle

Etal
Berwick on Tweed
Northumberland
TD12 4TN

Telephone: 01890 820332
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In Etal village, 10 miles South West of Berwick (OS Map 75; ref NT 925393). Village car park next to shop. Audio tour.

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Etal Castle was built in the mid-14th century by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders, this site is ideal for dogs that need space to enjoy their walks.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Etal Castle. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Heighley Gate a Wyevale Garden Centre

Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 3DA

Telephone: 0844 288 5193
Website: www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/gar

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Located on the A697, approximately 15 minutes north of Morpeth town centre.

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Wyevale’s Heighly Gate Garden Centre has an exceptional range of plants and gardening accessories. Their knowledgeable and welcoming staff love nothing more than to share tips with fellow gardeners, whether they’re a veteran horticulturalist or just starting out. The on-site restaurant also serves delicious home-cooked food.

Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 10:30am – 4:30pm

Dog Restrictions:
The centre is open to dogs on leads, although they are not allowed in the restaurant.

Hexham Old Gaol

Hallgate
Hexham
Northumberland
NE46 1XD

Telephone: 01670 624523
Website: www.hexhamoldgaol.org.uk/
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DogPeople Says : Hexham Old Gaol

Hamish visited Hexham Old Gaol on a sunny but cold day in April 2008. He was given a warm welcome on entering the ticket / shop area. The gaol is ideal for an older dog (or for persons with limited mobility) as although it is set out over four floors, there are no steps and internal access is via a glass lift. There is an interesting range of displays and audio narratives telling the story of the gaol and conflicts between the English, Scots and Border Reivers. There is also opportunity to look at historical records relating to family history in the North East and border areas (in-depth research may need to pre-booked). Dogs can accompany their people throughout the visit.

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Admission charge for people, free admission for well behaved dogs. Dungeon and upper floors accessed by lift. Fully accessible.

Description:
Earliest recorded gaol in England. Dungeon, stocks, crime & punishment. Meet the Border Reivers, English and Scottish raiders in the 1500s.

Opening Times:
October & November and February & March: Tuesdays and Saturdays only, 11am to 4.30pm. April to September: Tuesday to Saturday (Plus Monday in the summer holidays) 11am to 4.30pm. Open other times by appointment and for special events. Please phone for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Well-behaved dogs welcome.

Housesteads Roman Fort (Hadrian's Wall)

Bardon Mill
Hexham
Northumberland
NE47 6NN

Telephone: 01434 344363
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DogPeople Says : Housesteads Roman Fort (Hadrian’s Wall)

Hamish visited on a cold and showery April 08 day. There was a lazy northerly wind blowing so, despite global warming, it was easy to imagine how cold it must have been here in January during the second and third centauries! Hamish didn’t seem to mind (he still had a good coat after the winter) but we were glad to keep out of the wind at least some of the time; it would have been good to spend a little time in the commandant’s heated room but, sadly, even though the under-floor pillars and wall vents were still in place little of the walls and none of the roof remain. The site is served by a National Park car park (£2 for 3 hours or £4 for all Hadrian’s Wall car parks for the day). The substantial fort’s remains are a short, but uphill, walk away. The site has an information centre but dogs are not welcome (we can’t imagine why as most things are in display cabinets and the room has a rubberised floor). The site itself is quite extensive and it is easy to gain a good impression of how things once were. Clear and interesting information boards help paint the picture. The Hadrian’s Wall National Path runs immediately outside the fort on its northern side. We walked a section of this and made the most of some excellent views north from Whin Sill escarpment. It is obvious why the wall and fort were built here.

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2.75 miles North East of Bardon Mill on B6318 (OS Map 87; ref NY 790687. The fort lies uphill from the car park (a ten minute walk).

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Housesteads is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain, and now the most popular site on the Wall. It stands high on the exposed Whin Sill escarpment, commanding breathtaking views. Like Chesters, it was one of 12 permanent forts added to his new frontier by Hadrian in about AD 124. Known as 'Vercovicium' ('the place of effective fighters'), it was garrisoned by a cohort of around 800 infantry (for most of its history Tungrians from Belgium), later reinforced by Germanic cavalry. Entry is through a small museum, displaying a complete model of how Housesteads once appeared. Excavations at the fort have revealed four double-portal gateways, the turreted curtain wall, three barrack blocks and of course the famous and well-preserved latrines. At the centre are the most important buildings: the commandant's house, head-quarters building and hospital.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

Lindisfarne Priory

Holy Island
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 2RX

Telephone: 01289 389200
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On Holy Island, only reached at low tide across causeway (tide tables at each end or details from Berwick Tourist Information Centre - 01289 330733) (OS Map 75; ref NU 126417). Parking 500m from entrance (Borough Council).

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Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world by the tide twice a day, sits on the serene and beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Why not take your dog for a relaxing stroll round Lindisfarne Priory, take in panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast, unpack a picnic in the priory grounds and take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Opening Times:
Check the English Heritage website for details.

Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome at Lindisfarne Priory. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.

Norham Castle

Norham
Berwick-upon -Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 2JY

Telephone: 01289 304493
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Norham village, 6.5 miles South West of Berwick-upon -Tweed on minor road off B6470 (from A698) (OS Map 75; ref NT 906476).

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Commanding a vital ford over the River Tweed, Norham was one of the strongest of the border castles, and the most often attacked by the Scots. Besieged at least thirteen times - once for nearly a year by Robert Bruce - it was called 'the most dangerous and adventurous place in the country'. But even its powerful 12th-century keep and massive towered bailey walls could not resist James IV's heavy cannon, and it fell to him in 1513, shortly before his defeat at Flodden. The extensive 16th century rebuilding which followed, adapting the fortress for its own artillery, is still clearly traceable.

Opening Times:
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Dog Restrictions:
Dogs on leads are welcome - contact site for any restrictions. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere.

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