This morning, our tour group departed lodgings in Rothbury and drove a short distance to nearby Cragside House and Gardens, a heritage property operated by the National Trust. Here, some of the group explored the very extensive gardens and woodland being part of a large private estate dating from Victorian times. Features included an iron bridge, extensive areas of colourful rhododendrons, glass house cultivation and a pinetum. We spent over two hours here during which we experienced persistent light rain.
Next, we embarked on a short drive to Corbridge, a Roman site lying just to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. Part of the site has been extensively excavated and revealed a series of occupations dating from pure military in the 1st century AD to a combined military and civilian settlement during the latter part of the Roman occupation up to the early 5th century. There is a museum on site housing the wide ranging finds from the excavations.
Finally, we drove to Durham but traffic conditions delayed our arrival at the famous 12th century Romanesque Cathedral. Some of the group did pay a brief internal visit so we resolved to return tomorrow morning and tour the Cathedral in greater detail.
In the evening, we dined at a local pub, the Bridge Hotel where we enjoyed good quality food.