After our visit to Preston Tower we drove up to Alnwick to see the castle. We’ve been here before so if you want to know about it the details are in this post HERE. This time we were looking at it from the road and walking in the park that surrounds it.
Before we got there we came across a little feature by the side of one of the roads in Alnwick and though I’m not sure, it could be part of the walls that surrounded Alnwick in the 15th century.
We parked up the hill from the castle and had a walk down to the bridge over the River Aln.
The Percy Lion was commissioned by the 1st Duke of Northumberland and stands on the east parapet of the Lion Bridge. The bridge replaces an earlier one destroyed in a flood in 1770, its design is in the 18thC. Gothic ‘castle style’ and is said to be by Robert Adam’s older brother John, although this attribution has been questioned. In the late 1980’s the statue of the lion was knocked into the river by a fairground wagon crossing the bridge. (http://www.northumbria.info/Pages/lionbrdg.html)
We had a wander down by the river, lovely in the late afternoon sunshine, and a couple of swans were sailing up.
We saw a couple swans sailing elegantly on the river
We saw a couple of flying swans too, not quite as graceful as they are on the water.
We were trying to get a good reflection of the castle in the river, but couldn’t find the right spot, will need to go back!
Those clouds looked menacing, so we headed back to the car, but they passed over and we got a few more shots of the castle.
And then we went home! 🙂
For a full set of pictures of Preston Tower and Alnwick Castle there is an album HERE and all pictures are embiggenable and betterable with a click!