Walk out of Wooler and step into history with some of the most important archaeological sites in Britian. Take your time and see 5000 years of history all situated a stone's throw from the Wooler Youth Hostel site.
The area of Wooler houses some of the most key accessible sites for archaeology. Each of which are easily reachable and can be utilized by study groups, trips and keen archaeologists alike.
From prehistoric cup & ring motifs carved into sandstone outcrops, henges and numerous strategically sited hillforts including the site of the palace of the ancient kings of Northumbria - Ad Gefrin, you can go on to visit one of Britain's most important battle sites – Flodden field.
Ancient castles, pele towers and bridges dot the area. The Market Town of Wooler and many picturesque villages containing historic churches and buildings are embedded in a beautiful rural landscape dominated by the mighty whale-backed form of Cheviot, the remnants of the most northerly volcano in England.
Wooler is a key site as it lies on an important route (turnpiked in the C18th) across the Borders between Morpeth to the South-East, and Coldstream to the North-West, the route you may know at present as the A697.
A 4000 year old henge site; Maelmin was the name of a royal township that existed near the modern day village of Milfield in Anglo-Saxon times. Today it is the site of a series of reconstructions of local archaeological structures. These enable visitors to experience the scale of the originals which have been lost to time.
On the afternoon of the 9th September 1513 the last medieval battle was fought on British soil, between a Scottish force of 30-35000 men lead by King James IV and an English force of around 20-25000 men led by Earl of Surrey on behalf of King Henry VIII. After 3 hours of extremely bloody combat 15000 men lay dead, at least 10000 of them Scots, including King James and many of his nobles.
Duddo Stones is the only prehistory 'hilltop' standing stone circle.
Ad Gefrin was the site of the Saxon Palace of the Northumbrian Kings.