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A picturesque landscape of high hills, open moorland, gently rolling farmland and the scenic River Breamish!


Scottish Standing Stones

North of Duddo

As mentioned in a previous post about the Duddo Standing Stones in north Northumberland, prehistoric standing stones are human-made upright stones that have been placed into the ground vertically, often in circular formations. They date from various periods, mostly between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, and are found across the UK and beyond. Here are a few photos of stone circles that I’ve visited in Scotland over recent years that helps to highlight the similarities in the formations across a wider geographical area.

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Duddo Standing Stones

Northern standing stones

Prehistoric standing stones are large upright stones that were placed in the ground by humans, typically between 4000 BCE and 1200 BCE. They are often arranged in circles or rows, and sometimes have burial chambers or cairns nearby. Some of the most famous standing stones are found in the UK, such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and the Ring of Brodgar. Closer to home, however, are the standing stones at Duddo, just north of Etal in north Northumberland [GPS: 55°41’11.838″ N 2°6’43.188″ W].

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Apple Day Fun 2023

Halloween and Apple Day Fun 2023

Apple Day and Halloween roll around every October, bringing with them a mix of autumnal festivities and spooky fun.

The Breamish Hall first celebrated Apple Day in 2022, when an apple press was purchased for use by the whole community. It’s a chance to appreciate the rich variety of apples we have, with apple tasting, and cider making. It’s also a nod to biodiversity and local farming.

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