After a few weeks abroad it was nice to get home to the North of England and have a little recreational rest. What made it even more special was that my eldest son surprised me with a visit up to stay for a short while. Always truly wonderful to see him and have him around
Added to this was the fact that the sun decided to shine and the hills had turned true green. Was time to explore some more locally. Yes I find it hard to sit and rest. This time we headed just over the border into Scotland from Northumberland. The historical town of Jedburgh.
Upon entering Jedburgh from the South you are immediately struck by the abbey rising up above the banks of Jed Water. Founded in 12th Century and bruised by Border Wars hundreds of years later the building is now an incredible looking ruin. Its scale and shape against the sky really captures you. The old stone arches and pillars holding up to this day shed a great light on a grand yet turbulent past. You can view all this from across the water or around through town however for an entry fee you can get within the grounds and see many artifacts on display there.
It is not on the coast or within the National Park, but, Jedburgh I soon realised offers one of those great examples of a great base for a low cost holiday within our own shores. History, miles of nature, Royal stories, castles and much more all within such a short distance. I know I will be up here more, the exploration page is open
If you need your digital fix then this is all catered for too all too well. Proudly boasting itself a covered free Wifi town. Well, you know I liked that.
For the history and architectural buffs there are so many treats. There is the jail rebuilt on the hill that now houses a museum and displays from local history. A gem though is the little building not too far from the town centre and abbey, the home that was once the abode for Mary Queen of Scots in 1566. The building still stands today (below) and is immaculately kept. It houses a museum for those who want to learn lots more.