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Our house was next to the Red Lion garden. [/quote]
You jammy s**!
Yes, I know about Ian Lavery, dodgy as hell, in a Teflonesque way to boot, he’s been involved in at least two local well-publicised scandals in the last three years alone but got off scot-free (my FiL actually taught him, at Ashington High I think it was. Won’t repeat here what he’s got to say about him!).
When you lived in North Northumberland, did you go walking at all into the National Park, the Ingram Valley, Breamish Valley, the Cheviot Hills etc.? Northumberland is such a great place for walking, it’s not too high, not too flat, not too crowded, even at weekends (compared to say, the Lakes of the Peak District, which in places now suffer from serious overtourism IMO).
Yesterday I walked in the Simonside Forest and the boggy but delightful Simonside Ridge above it, about 8 miles in total. From the top of Simonside Hills you have a 360-degree view encompassing Scotland, the Cheviot Hills, the North Sea coastline and the Lake District, which you can just about make out – on a very clear day, which wasn’t the case yesterday! (it was lovely but a little hazy). You could just about see the Boulmer “golf ball”, the (newly-restored!) RAF remote radar structure on the moors that looks like a giant golf ball, near the coast village of Boulmer.
(Below are a few photos of the walk, sorry it was a bit hazy and I had my old-ish Samsung smartphone with me - I’ve got two at the mo -, OK but not as good as my other one).
(click on photo to enlarge)