There is one part of the forest that has recently been clear felled. It takes just 2 men and some really clever machines to do what would have taken many men a long time to do in the 1950s. Here the lengths are stored ready for a wagon to collect for processing. Once the area has been cleared new views are opened up for a time before the new planting has taken hold.
Dukesfield Smelt Mills just a mile down the road was a massive industrial complex between 1670 and 1835 where lead ore was being turned into bars of lead. The lead was then taken by ponies, up to 300 a day, to be sold from Blaydon on the banks of the River Tyne. These arches are all that is left and they would have carried the flues to the chimneys.
Today there is a lovely walk/cycle route past them and into Slaley Forest
I had a lovely morning with 2 excited Grandchildren at The Corbridge Roman site. Here they are standing on the floor of a grain store with the air vents below, and they were just the right size for crawling through them! They were fascinated by the Roman armor in the museum as also seen on Country File this weekend.