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Saturday, 17 November 2012

It's that time again...

I've already started planning my next trip! If there are two things I love, it's history and the great outdoors. Despite the hostile approach of Winter, I am still planning to get out at least one more time before Christmas, or before February at the latest.

There are a few places I have in mind, but so far my first choice by far is the Northumberland National Park. Alwinton (or Aldensheles as it was known), is a deserted medieval settlement and Scheduled Ancient Monument that I would love to visit! It is sited west of Quickening Cote farm, another point of interest by the Coquet River that I will attempt to visit during my stay.

Quickening Cote from above Linbriggs bridge. Source
An interesting bit of information from the image source: "A track along its valley, visible behind [Quickening Cote], provides access to the Military Ranges." I remember some controversy regarding an issue with planning permission for a military training facility with a "shooting compound" at the Otterburn Training Area, "the second largest live firing range in the country [that] has been used for military training since 1911."

Here is the planning application that was submitted to the Northumberland National Park Authority in April 2011, if you were interested.

If anyone out there thinks that there is anything else that I should know about the area - or better still, anyone who would like to go with me(!) - please let me know as soon as possible so that I can make all the necessary arrangements in plenty of time to leave in the next month or so.

I hope that you're all well, and I send my kind regards. End of the world or not, there's still plenty of time for us all to enjoy 2012 as much as possible!

Until next time
-- John

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