Friday, 10 June 2016

26 May 2016 – Holiday in UK

All Saints Church Rothbury

Spent two weeks in the UK for the Christening of Chloe, our youngest granddaughter.   Unfortunately I forgot our camera, so had to rely on Stuart and online photos to illustrate the blog!
Rothbury, Northumberland

We were very fortunate with the weather, and particularly on Sunday 5 June when the Christening was held in the village church.   It is a short walk to the church and was very pleasant in the sunshine.  Unlike when Georgia was Christened and Stuart had to ferry us all to and fro in his car because of the heavy rain.
Coquetdale, Northumberland

Rothbury is in Coquetdale, a popular walking and holiday area just north of Newcastle.  The valley is named after the river which runs through it.    At this time of year it looks particularly attractive and over the Bank Holiday was quite crowded with visitors and day trippers.
Rothbury from Craigside

There are lots of walks in the area, including a gentle two hour walk along the river on an all weather path.   We walked this most days, ending with a visit to one of the many pubs or cafés in the village.
Rothbury from Simonside 

In addition there are two “proper” walks, both of which start from the house.   The shorter is Cragside which is the hill behind the house and takes about three hours.   The longer is Simonside on the far side of the river and that one took five hours.

Lovely holiday and great to see the family.  The weather, though changeable, allowed us to see the area at its best when the sun did shine.   Also reminded us what a very pleasant place the UK can be when the weather is good.

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