Hulne Park was once the Percy family’s walled hunting ground and hunting still takes place today. At the entrance there is an arched gateway and lodge. There is an opportunity to shorten this walk if needed.
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We will start the walk at the entrance to Hulne Park on Ratten Row. This is the road which leads up to Hulne Park in Alnwick.
As there are still people living inside the Park we are unable to start this walk until 11 am. Sorry Juno and Ed you aren’t allowed on this walk as dogs are not allowed in the grounds.
From the gateway, we will walk along the main drive past the Deer Park, if we are very lucky we may spot some deer or red squirrels.
We will leave the main drive and walk along Tower Drive where we will walk through a forest before getting our first view of Brizlee Tower.
Brizlee (or Brislee) Tower is a Grade 1 listed folly. Robert Adam designed this tower in the late 1700s. The tower is 26 metres high and is at the edge of the northern escarpment of Brizlee Hill and overlooks the rivers that flow through the Park.
Percy family cemetery
The Percy family have a private burial ground in a walled enclosure. The burial ground was consecrated in 2013. At the entrance it has an amazing pair of wrought iron gates, by Stephen Lunn. This blacksmith also created the gates at Alnwick Gardens.
The Stone Seat
There is a horizontal stone opposite the walled enclosure. Many believe that this is a seat, as it was the old Duchess’ favourite view looking out over the Aln Valley. The view here is spectacular.
About half a mile from the Percy Cemetery, we pass a statue of a monk. The statue is Grade-II-listed, probably 18th-century, statue of a White Friar. It is possible that this statue is from Hulne Priory. The monk is standing guard over a cave called the Nine Year Aud Hole. Legend says that a hermit once lived in this cave.
We will return back to the main drive but instead of returning back to the cars we will pass Brizlee Farm and cross the Iron Bridge before reaching Hulne Priory.
After exploring Hulne Priory we will follow a riverside track before once again crossing the River Aln, this time over the Filbert Haugh Bridge.
We will pass the Duchess’ bridge and return back to the entrance on Ratten Row, having enjoyed the beautiful Hulne Park.
After the walk we will be visiting our favourite team room in Alnwick, Grannies Tearoom.
Julie and Martin x
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