Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Day One: Beltingham to Burnlaw
written at Staward Peel

Yew sheathed in dragon scales
Hazel in smoke.

Each stile a new conversation,

Listening to the silence,
I hear so much

Mingling people gather for breakfast
Soft sunshine through trees

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Exciting Excavations

Posted on Aug 10, 2014

Schoolboys strike gold as they unearth 4,300-year-old gold hair ornament
Kirkhaugh dig hailed a success

A group of Alston schoolboys have struck gold, unearthing one of the most significant recent archaeological finds in the UK.
The boys, aged from …

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Images of our walk June 2014

Posted on Aug 3, 2014

Over eight days of travel in June 2014 we took it in turns to document our progression as fellow pilgrims. These images give an insight into the bonds that were formed and the experience that we shared.

IMGP6888_IJFRFirst evening fire

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Hunting the Kings Forest

Posted on May 13, 2014

Chris with Class 3 from Castle Carrock School May 2014

While others have a tree, stones or even a mound in the ground to focus on, I’ve got a Valley and it’s a wet one too. At any rate on …

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Mounds, Metalwork and Mysteries

Posted on May 1, 2014

Burial mound at KirkhaughThe journey to meet Miss Pullen and Paul Frodsham, for the site visit, was also eventful, but the real challenge was the site itself.

The day was absolutely stunning, blue sky, Spring air and sunlight, sunlight, sunlight.

The Kirkhaugh Carins …

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Posted on Apr 12, 2014


Friday 14th March 2014
The Road sign that announces that you have arrived at Castle ( long gone unfortunately) Carrock clearly says Please Dance. This is a trick because the locals clearly also want you to sing, smile and …

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Stormy Beginnings

Posted on Apr 10, 2014

TOTFN photo on the way to Alston for 1st mting with teacher
on the way to Alston

All of the journeys to the site and the school in Alston have been, without exception, special.

The first journey was to meet the teacher, Miss Pullen, who I would be working with. There were …

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Dreaming the Land – Recce, Dec 3rd 2013

Posted on Dec 4, 2013
Dreaming the Land – Recce, Dec 3rd 2013

A bit of a grey old day today. Pat, Molly (the dog) and myself travelled to Castle Carrock in the search of camp sites and performance venues. Took a small detour, which turned into a long detour, to the RSPB …

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Dreaming the Land – Recce, Oct 20th 2013

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

Lamley Viaduct Our journey continues
Walking and finding our way from Beltingham to Long Meg. Malc, myself and Molly the dog set out on a misty autumnal day with glimpses of blue skies and rainbows, to find our journey route for June  …

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Sketches from DREAMING THE LAND: Eric’s story

Posted on Sep 6, 2013

A Walk with Friends through Northumbria
29th June to 6th July 2013

I arrived late in the dark after a long drive in the Landover. Malcolm, Nigel and Chris welcomed me to the fire. Chris, big, warm-hearted …

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