The Maelmin Heritage trial was, frankly, a bit of a disappointment (the free booklet available from the nearby information centre in Milfield village is much better). The trail starts with the best bit: a full scale reconstruction of the nearby Milfield North henge (the “henge” being the ditch and bank earthwork, not the wooden posts).
A reconstruction of Milfield North henge.
My shot unfortunately just clips the right hand entry post and its carvings:
a feature of using a smart phone in bright sunlight and
not being able to see the screen well enough.
The traffic noise from the nearby road during this walk made the silence of the previous day’s Neolithic rock art even more precious.
Next we drove to Yeavering Bell hill fort (incorporating a scenic but unplanned detour, having turned the wrong way out of Milford, and not noticed for a few miles). After looking up at it and estimating it would probably take us about five hours to get to the top and back down again, and noting that we weren’t equipped for that (either in kit, or physically!), we admired it from the bottom. Google maps have a great view from the air.
So we moved on to “Duddo Four Stones”, which involved just a one hour round-trip walking up from the road. Despite its name, it has five large stones (one stone was re-erected after the site had been named in the 19th Century, and some now use the newer name of "Duddo Five Stones", but that's boring), and there were originally seven.
|The stones are easily visible on the horizon, but the path takes a detour around the edge of the fields.|
|The sign says “Please keep to the footpath”. That’s the footpath, ploughed up, under water. On the way to the circle I tried to keep off the field, along the fence, but it was very slippery, and I went ankle deep into the water (much to the disgust of my 3-day old shoes!). On the way back, I walked round the other, more accessible, side of the puddle.|
|Duddo Four Stones. Count 'em.|
|Hadrian’s Wall, with sentry post|