Warkworth Castle & Hermitage, Northumberland

Posted By Hazel Winstanley / 9th June 2016 / Attractions / 0 Comments

Hi my doggie friends,

When we were in Northumberland @VisitNland, we visited Warkworth Castle. There are LOTS of castles in Northumberland but not all of them are dog friendly. However, Warkworth Castle is an English Heritage site and we were told that dogs are allowed at all English Heritage places and there is no charge for us four-leggy peoples 🙂 Well done English Heritage! @EnglishHeritage

Warkworth Castle is one of the largest, strongest and most impressive fortresses in Northumberland so it was good I could visit it! Even better, ‘cos it was Bank Holiday weekend, there was a Medieval Life & Times event! Basically these Human-folks recreate Medieval times, setting up a proper authentic encampment! They is all dressed in old fashioned costumes and shoes and headwear and everything and they even slept in their tents in the camp all weekend!

We saw them cooking Potage and baking bread and demonstrating weapons and they had to do everything just like it was back then!

A young boy befriended me and I thought I might join his camp except all he had food-wise was nuts and that didn’t appeal to me. Another camp had ham though which seemed a better option – all the food had to be cooked on fires and in stone ovens and suchlike! It looked like lots of fun but Hum said she doesn’t ‘do’ camping and she reckoned I might also miss the luxury of dog friendly hotel life…She may have a point there…

We didn’t stay for the Military Drill ‘cos Hum thought I would be scared of the guns and stuff. Instead we walked up the river path to a boat crossing. Now I thinks I is more scared of boats than guns but of course Hum loves her boat trips and Mick the boat man was nice to me and helped me on and made me feel safe.

Mick rowed us across the river to the Hermitage and what an extraordinary place that was! Carved out of a cave is a small Chapel, a Sacristy and a pair of small rooms that are believed to be the Hermit’s original living quarters.

Hum and the other Humans really liked it and ooohed and aahhed about the tiny chapel and the carvings that were meant to be a Nativity scene apparently.

Back to the other side and a walk back along the river to explore Warkworth which I will tell you about next time.

However if you do get the opportunity do take your Humans to Warkworth Castle and the Hermitage. They will love it and you will have a great dog friendly day out together 🙂

Zuki

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