Further Tales from Northumberland: gliding high above
Published: Friday 4th Mar 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The first episode of the third series began in high octane style (nothing else would do for the thrill-seeking Hexham-born star!) as Robson headed sky-high to get a bird’s-eye view of the county.
First stop was at a former RAF training base at Milfield, where Robson got a lesson in flying a glider, courtesy of Borders Gliding.
Let loose from the tow plane at some 2,000ft, Robson and his co-pilot glided above Northumberland’s ancient monuments and ruins, flying above the College Valley and taking in the wonder of the Cheviot Hills and the ancient hill-forts, in an experience he described as “magical”.
If you like the sound of seeing Nothumberland from the skies, learn more about gliding experiences from bordersgliding.co.uk.
Next up, Robson switched method of transport from glider to helicopter, as he took in the magnificent sights of gardens created by one of Britain’s greatest ever landscape gardeners, Lancelot “Capability” Brown.
Heading to Capability Brown’s birthplace at Kirkharle, Robson met the current owners, who shared their exciting plans to continue the gardener’s legacy.
Back in the 1980s, John and Kitty Anderson were clearing out a chest of drawers when they made a startling discovery – a long-lost plan for the Kirhale estate, which had been hidden for some 250 years. Now it’s their aim to bring those plans to life.
Learn more about Kirkhale and John and Kitty’s project, from kirkharlecourtyard.co.uk.
Robson ended his journey this week with a final view from the sky – albeit a rather unusual view – of a farm near Alnwick that plays host to more than 350 combine harvesters!
Battle Bridge Farm might look like any other farm from outside, but the locals know differently, dubbing it a ‘combine harvester graveyard’!
It might not be a sight of historical importance or ancient legend, but as Robson pointed out, the farm has a “charm all of its own”. And with 2,000 spare combine harvester parts being sold a year to locations as far away as Thailand and New Zealand, it’s got a true purpose too!
Next time on Further Tales from Northumberland, Robson will be hiking along the Northumberland stretch of one of Britain’s most famous walking routes, The Pennine Way, and spending a night in the wilderness of the Cheviot Hills.