Route: Corbridge

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 9th August 2019 

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 150 feet

Weather: Sunshine and showers, warm

The weather this morning was miserable, with heavy rain and thick cloud just as forecast, and we abandoned any hopes of a walk. We decided to visit Hexham Abbey, which is close to our base in Corbridge this week. The abbey is one of the earliest seats of Christianity in England, and is an evocative place steeped in history. I hope that the few photos of the abbey which follow will capture some of that history

Later in the day the weather unexpectedly improved and provided a window of opportunity for a walk. Corbridge was the obvious choice, as we’d be able to start directly from our rented cottage near the centre of the village. From Princes Street, we crossed the River Tyne via the seven arched Corbridge Bridge which was completed in 1674

At the end of the bridge we turned right to follow the path along the floodbank in the direction of Dilston. We didn’t have sufficient time to walk  as far as Dilston, since we also wished to visit the Roman Town of Corbridge. At a point where Devil’s Water flows into the Tyne we retraced our steps back along the path and over Corbridge Bridge

At the north end of the bridge we joined a path along the other bank of the Tyne, which eventually left its banks and, after a short road section, brought us to Corbridge Roman Town, under the stewardship of English Heritage. After wandering around the ancient and well preserved ruins of the roman town we walked back into Corbridge to complete our walk 

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