England/Scottish Borders 8 day drive itinerary Days 1&2

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11. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

> J/leics, I wonder if you're looking at what I assume is the wrong Ford?

Very possibly, Sarah. I assumed it was the Ford near Hexham because of the former's proximity to Wark. The Ford near Cornhill certainly makes the original plan more logical but the day still includes a heck of a lot of driving if Wark is included.

The Ford near Etal does have a castle (which fits with the OP's apparent interests) but as far as I can see it isn't open to the public: it's a residential outdoor activity centre for children & young people.

I was assuming that it was the castle in Etal that was planned, which is open to the public. The main attraction in Ford is Lady Waterford Hall which is really worth seeing. The castle is, as you say, privately owned, but I believe the church is also worth a visit (I've only seen the outside) and the village as a whole is a very interesting example of a model estate village.

You're right though - including Wark does indeed still make it too much driving for a comfortable day out and would leave too little time to go inside any of these attractions!

12. Posted by PresGlad (Budding Member 7 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hii and thanks to both of you for you well attended (I promise) evaluations.

The Wark to which I refer is near Cornhill on Tweed. The Ford/Etal Castle is on fact Etal EH Castle (Ford/Etal list together on <google map for some odd reason, but there are get arounds for that. The toal distance for the day posted is (on three different mapping calculators) around 60 miles depending on routes chosen.

Please advise relative to those clarifications.

With much gratitude---

13. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting PresGlad

Hii and thanks to both of you for you well attended (I promise) evaluations.

The Wark to which I refer is near Cornhill on Tweed. The Ford/Etal Castle is on fact Etal EH Castle (Ford/Etal list together on <google map for some odd reason, but there are get arounds for that. The toal distance for the day posted is (on three different mapping calculators) around 60 miles depending on routes chosen.

Please advise relative to those clarifications.

With much gratitude---

I didn't know there was a Wark near Cornhill, but I see it on the map now :) I can't advise on whether it's worth visiting; however my route suggested above could work with Wark tacked on to the beginning or the end. However there seems relatively little to see there. The castle is simply a mound, and would be of interest probably only to keen historians. You haven't mentioned if that's the case but if not I would recommend leaving Wark to the end of the day in case you run out of time as in my view there is already more than enough to keep you busy with Ford & Etal (blow up you map, they are two distinct villages with Heatherslaw lying between them!), Chillingham and Bamburgh. The latter alone could keep you busy for half a day easily :)

14. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1188 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

What Sarah said.... :-)

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