Despite the greyness of the sky, there was plenty of colour and joy outside the Rookhope Inn. Several teams of morris dancers were entertaining the villagers on the 28th February 2015.
Pic n Mix
Spring would not be Spring – in Weardale – without the visit of Spring Lambs… They bounce, they jump, they fit through the fence, dodge cars and cause havoc, but we love them… (with mint sauce!) – only joking. Apologies to our vegetarian friends.
You will find some pretty exotic creatures in Weardale – and I don’t just mean the locals! If one day, you find yourself amoungst Alpacas don’t worry, it’s quite normal…
If you go down to Rookhope today you’re sure of a big surprise If you go down to Rookhope today you’d better go in disguise For every scarecrow that ever there was will gather there for a certain because Today’s the day the scarecrows have their picnic…
Leaving behind the Rookhope Inn, where you have doubtless well imbibed, head along the Allenheads road for 50 yards and then turn left on a track which runs alongside Bolt’s Burn. Cross the bridge over the Rookhope Burn and then turn left on to the footpath besides the Burn, with Boltsburn Garage above on your […]
After 1066 William the Conqueror struggled to bring peace to his new kingdom. His arrival with his army was usually sufficient for rebels to bend the knee and swear fealty to their liege lord, accepting any patronage that was on offer, but no sooner had he moved on to the next disturbance than they would […]
Wor Netties (Trans: Our outdoor earth closets) In Weardale the last netties, or earth closets, were replaced by indoor toilets connected to either mains sewerage or septic tanks in the 1950s and 1960s. However, there are still a few well preserved netties to be found up in the hills next to abandoned farmhouses where the […]
Following centuries of lead mining in the North Pennines there are areas where plant life is sparse due to lead contamination of the soil. These include areas around old smelter chimneys and former crushing and washing plants, on spoil heaps and along transport links, such as packhorse routes where ore has spilt from the loads. […]