“Great sea-views and a "Pig Safari" : Probably the most unconventional military history site in Britain”
We came here to walk the Halidon Hill battlefield, one of the most pivotal conflicts of the middle ages and it's probably the most unconventional military history site in Britain!! There are free and very informative battle trail maps available from the reception and en- route, some excellent see-through interpretation boards which visually do a very good job. The walk is testing, with much of it going uphill and off-piste as it were, plus when we there in June, fairly overgrown but it has two absolutely star unique features, namely the "Pig Safari" and North Sea views......come here for that alone! On the first, the tracks get you up close and personal with seemingly endless acres of pigs, who live in Tardis like huts - I genuinely could not believe how many came out of something so small, it was fantastic and funny to see. It was the porcine equivalent of lambing season then and there were litters of cute little piglets a-plenty but also some grunting protective mother- sows about too. It was a genuine experience, very interesting indeed. The other aspect were the views - you're literally on the Scottish Borderline for a start and can see not only the crossing point but beyond that the truly magnificent North Sea and Northumbrian coast stretching back, the views of which are splendidly enhanced by the height of the walk. After an exhilarating walk, we popped into the farm visitor centre and had a first-class baked potato and salad each, I recommend the haggis one which given that this 1333 clash was an Anglo-Scottish one only seemed proper. Overall, a great way to spend a couple of hours, plenty of fresh air, insight into pig farming and our nation's story. The only criticism I'd have was that the trail was very overgrown in parts and not that well signed, relying instead on map interpretation. Nonetheless, we liked it and would certainly recommend.
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September 1, 2012
Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to review out Battle Trail attraction, and that you enjoyed the walk!
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I must apologise for the over growth you encountered on parts of the trail. This year has been particularly difficult in terms of grass cutting and maintenance, purely because of the ridiculous whether our area has seen! Over our closed season we shall be endeavouring to clear all the pathways and trim back the foliage around the Farm Park and Battle Trail - we certainly have a job on our hands :)
I agree that we should also sign post the Trail, so that the map is not the sole method of orienting yourself.
I hope you will come back again next year and tell us how we've done on the improvements!
Thanks again for your feedback!
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