We’ve had a couple of days out to Hexham and Newcastle using the public bus service, I have to say it was a relaxing way to travel.
We took in some art and history, fresh air and a river walk as well as a family catch up.
Hexham is a small, but lively market town in a rural setting on the river Tyne, and Newcastle is a bustling city, also on the river Tyne.
This is the confluence of the North and South Tyne near Hexham.
This is a somewhat different view of the Tyne, almost at the mouth of the river, and the iconic bridges of Newcastle.
The Abbey dominates Hexham , it was built by St Wilfred in 674 – 8 , it was restored in 19th C, there is so much history, read about it hereTyne Green Park along the river is a good place for a walk. We blew out the cobwebs and watched the rowing club practice.
Off we went by bus to Newcastle with a plan to take in some culture, first stop was the Laing Art Gallery. Unfortunately they were setting up the Bomberg exhibit and we had missed Paul Nash, but we got to see a few Pre-Raphaelite works including this Burne – Jones painting ‘Laus Veneris’.
For Modern Art we headed to the Baltic, which is the iconic old flour mill shown here behind the Millenium Bridge.
It took a few seconds for me to decipher the subject matter in these paintings, then I thought………. why? Not my cup of tea at all.
You do get a fabulous view up the river from the Baltic.
One place I have never visited before is the Castle which gives Newcastle it’s name.
The Romans established a fort here to guard the bridge over the river. Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror built the existing castle, read about the castle here
The Black Gate, this would have been the main entrance into the castle walls. There would have been turning bridges and portcullis here.
You go through the Black Gate into what was known as the Garth ( an old name for yard), inside the castle walls . Inside the Garth there would have been many taverns and tradesmen, because it was not under the jurisdiction of the town so traders did not have to be guild members to trade there. It must have been a lively place.
Evidence of the walls
The Keep entrance.From the roof of the Keep a view of the Black Gate, Saint Nicholas’ cathedral and Newcastle United football stadium in the distance.The iconic Tyne Bridge and the Sage building
The Swing Bridge on the right, and the Tyne Bridge.
We ended off our day catching up with family before getting the last bus back to Hexham.
I feel revived after my few days away so I’m ready to get back to work.