Summer Walk No 10 - Hulne Priory, Hulne Park, Alnwick, Sunday 4th August 2013.

On Sunday 4th August 2013, Morpeth Camera Club's Summer Programme continued with an afternoon walk through
Hulne Park, Alnwick. This is a walled park covering several thousand acres which belong to the Duke of Northumberland
and our aim was to visit and photograph Hulne Priory, a 13th century Carmelite Monastery.
Starting at the Forest Lodge Gatehouse we entered the estate and walked on the quiet roads and farm tracks in brilliant
sunshine. Leaving Farm Drive we continued downhill crossing The Iron Bridge over the River Aln. Looking north east we
then got our first view of the priory in the distance. Situated on Brizlee Hill in a very tranquil location, the site of Hulne
Priory is believed to have been chosen because it resembled Mount Carmel in the Holy Land where the " Carmelites " or
" White Friars " originated.
A short uphill climb saw us approach and then enter the south west gate to the walled enclosure containing the Priory &
the later 15th century Pele Tower. Members then explored and photographed the substantial ruins together with several
carved stone figures of friars that watch over the site. Leaving the Priory by the ornate east gate we continued across a
meadow & joined Lady Well Drive. This led us through beautiful parkland, with sheep and cattle grazing as we once again
crossed the river by bridge, passing roads giving access to the private parts of the estate.
During the walk hundreds of young game birds running in and out of the undergrowth had proved to be difficult subjects
to photograph but we were later rewarded with the sight of two deer crossing the forest track. After following the course
of the river along Duchess Drive, we had to leave the welcome shade of the wooded area and rejoin Farm Drive to
complete our circular walk at the gatehouse where we had started just under three hours earlier. Thank you to everyone.

Davy Bolam.