Aydon Castle

Aydon Castle

Route: Aydon Castle

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 7th August 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

Starting from our base in the ancient village of Corbridge, which dates back to Roman times and is worth a visit in its own right, we headed north through the attractive streets. Beyond the village we joined a path which is bissected by the busy A69, and in order to cross this it’s necessary to follow the path above the road, cross a footbridge, and then walk back along the other side – a 15 minute detour which advances progress along the route by a matter of a few yards

This minor irritation was soon forgotten as we followed a path across the fields and into some woodland. After crossing Cor Burn at the bottom of the woods we climbed up out of them to arrive at Aydon Castle. The castle is owned by English Heritage. It is almost completely intact, and is one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house. It has a long and chequered history. Originally built as an undefended residence, it was fortified on the outbreak of Anglo-Scottish warfare. It was then pillaged and burnt by the Scots in 1315, seized by English rebels two years later, and again occupied by Scots in 1346. The castle later became a farmhouse in the 17th century and was lived in up until 1966

After wandering around this atmospheric place for a while it was time to be on our way and we continued heading north, following a country lane in the direction of Halton. We made a 5 minute there and back diversion to see Grade I Listed Halton Castle, (which is privately owned and cannot be visited) and then started the return journey back to Corbridge. This was entirely along country lanes, but they were virtually traffic free and there were good views across the surrounding countryside along the way

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