A short walk …

… to Errington, not in the Hindu Kush.  An ordinary March Sunday in Northumberland, we parked the car west of Cocklaw and walked the 1.5 miles to Errington and back.  A quiet corner of the county, there is little to see you might think.  Except, the fields were full of detectorists hunting Anglo-Saxon gold and not finding it – the farmer presumably does well out of their optimism.

At Cocklaw Farm there is a pele tower built by the Erringtons in the 15th century and was the family seat for two hundred years until they moved into Beaufront castle closer to Hexham. It escaped the usual robbery of stone in the 18th and 19th centuries due to its isolation and is now used for storage of farm machinery and livestock. It still stands almost 40 feet high but the wooden floors have collapsed, leaving in place only half of the ground floor vaulted lower ceiling which will soon fall in – ecastles.co.uk

In this image of wary sheep, Chollerton Farm and Mill is visible on the horizon to the left – an early 19th century farmstead with a windmill, threshing mill, steam engine house, boiler house and chimney as well as farm offices and cottageswww.keystothepast.info

In the distance, Chollerton Farm

In a field adjacent to Cocklaw Farm was this fine beast:

Handsome beast

This view north from near Errington is towards Middle Farm and Beaumont House – just east of the former, the OS map includes a marker for a ‘Hydraulic Ram’ but nowhere on the Internet is there any reference to this mysterious device:

The view north

We turned round once we reached Errington – this image taken last August when everything was greener:

Errington House

So, nothing much to see 🙂


  1. sustainabilitea · March 4, 2019

    Heck, I’d walk there. 🙂 That “handsome fellow” has been warm this winter, so he gets the last laugh.


    • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2019

      Hi Janet, trust all is well – Northumberland is a remarkable county – it appears empty but there is so much just hidden beneath the surface – this is another farm with castle at the splendidly named Willimoteswick … https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2543836707317351375

      • sustainabilitea · March 5, 2019

        That’s a great name and it looks quite moody in black and white. I’ve never heard of blipfoto.

      • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2019

        Blipfoto is quite a challenge – a photo every day – it gets you thinking about photography and using your camera but it can be quite arduous. It explains why my WordPress posts and interactions have dropped off over the last few years.

  2. J.D. Riso · March 4, 2019

    Nothing much to see? Maybe for those with lesser imaginations. Beautiful, pastoral countryside. « Hydraulic ram » sounds like a sinister piece of machinery.

    • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2019

      I am determined to find that hydraulic ram – watch this space 🙂
      Hope you are having a great time in Bali.

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