Further tales from Northumberland:St Oswald's Way

Published: Wednesday 30th Mar 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

Are you coming to stay in Northumberland soon? You might fancy following the route of St Oswald’s Way, as actor and presenter Robson Green did, in the latest episode of TV show Further Tales From Northumberland.

St Oswald was the King of Northumbria in the early 7th Century, and played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people. St. Oswald’s Way is a walking route that explores some of the key locations and places associated with his life, giving a fascinating snapshot into Northumbrian history. 

It’s a 97-mile route that stretches from Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in the north through the Northumberland coast, before heading across beautiful countryside to Heavenfield and Hadrian’s Wall in the south.

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Robson began his own explorations of the route at Bamburgh Castle, a key location in Anglo-Saxon history and the story of St Oswald. It was here Robson met Graeme Young, the director of the Bamburgh Research Project, and learned about the origins of the Bamburgh Sword – a mighty weapon believed to have possibly been owned by St Oswald himself. 

Learn more about St Oswald’s connections to Bamburgh from the Bamburgh Research Project website: http://bamburghresearchproject.co.uk/

As he moved along St Oswald’s Way, Robson’s next stop saw him explore another form of upholding traditions and Northumbrian heritage, as he visited Rothbury Highland Pipe Band, where he learned why the group’s instruments and tartan lean more towards the Scottish than the English side of the border. 

After being given a crash course in playing the bagpipes – without much success! – Robson was given the important role of leading the band with the mace, helping to keep everyone in time, as they marched at a local event in the town. Find out more about Rothbury Highland Pipe Band here: www.rothburypipeband.co.uk/

From there, the TV presenter headed along to the route to the Village of Scots Gap, which was given this name after the Scots used to raid cattle from the farmers in Northumberland, taking them through the gaps in the hills back to Scotland! 

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Scots Gap is home to one of the oldest farmers’ auction marts in England, so it was only fitting the TV star headed along to the weekly auctions to see what happens there – and have a go at auctioning off some sheep for an old friend while there. Catch up with Further Tales from Northumberland to see how he got on: http://www.itv.com/hub/itv 

Robson’s journey this week concluded with a visit to St Oswald’s Church in Heavenfield, which was once the setting for a battle that changed British history.

This tranquil and stunning spot is believed to be the location where King Oswald raised a large wooden cross before the Battle of Heavenfield (AD 635), where his men knelt to pray, before their success in the battle. 

Today it’s a spot where visitors flock to marvel in the peace, tranquility and beauty of the area. If you’d like to visit, you can learn more about St Oswald’s Church here: http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/historic-sites/st-oswald-s-church

Next time on Further Tales From Northumberland Robson will be learning about the plight of the salmon in the River Tyne, and things get messy when he encounters osprey chicks. Oh dear! 

· Catch up with Further Tales From Northumberland on the ITV Hub:  Watch ITV

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The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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