This is the fourth post about the many wonders and interesting sights we have seen from the train window on our travels, this time looking at the North East of England.
Lindisfarne Island and Castle
Going up the Northumberland coast on the train between Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed, you get a beautiful shot of the island of Lindisfarne, which is linked by a tidal causeway to the mainland, so when the tide is out you can walk over to the island.
The Castle itself is a great sight, and dates from the 16th century. It has survived various attacks, by the Scottish, Jacobites and Norsemen. In 1901 it was bought by Edward Hudson (1854 – 1936, local magazine owner) who had it refurbished.
River North Tyne
On the Northern Rail line between Carlisle and Newcastle, the train runs alongside the North Tyne river for a large amount of the journey, until just before Hexham where the North Tyne meets the South Tyne and they become simply the Tyne which then flows through to Newcastle.
The same train next passes through the historic town of Hexham, and Hexham Abbey stands on a hill in the middle of the town, and is easily visible from the train line. The Abbey dates from around 1150, and when the monasteries were dissolved in 1537, the Abbey became the parish church for Hexham.
For more information on Hexham see my full post from our visit to the town here.
Staying on the line from Newcastle to Carlisle, the next landmark you pass is Prudhoe Castle, also situated on a hill overlooking the train line. The Castle is a ruin, but many parts of it are accessible to the public and its fascinating to walk round, as it is quite extensive. The main part of the Castle was built around the late 11th and early 12th centuries, replacing an earlier wooden castle on the site.
We have visited the Castle properly on a separate trip, and you can find out more about that here. You will find Prudhoe Castle at the bottom of the Hexham post.
On the way back from Middlesbrough to Newcastle, we went through the town of Hartlepool, a major sea port in the area. In the picture you can see the HMS Trincomalee, whose three tall masts dominate the area. Launched in 1817, the ship is one of only two British frigates surviving from that time, and worked for the Royal Navy. It has been restored as a museum ship recently and is open to the public. It’s major claim to fame is that it is the oldest British warship that is still afloat, as the HMS Victory, although older, is in dry dock and not afloat.