The Coquet Valley once formed an important route from Scotland down into England and in itself was an integral part of the Border Country. The whole area fascinates me. There are many
isolated farms, scattered hamlets and villages within what is otherwise an open and wild landscape. Its appearance today belies the past of a land which for centuries, was bitterly fought over and the signs of this violent period take shape in the defensible dwellings of powerful families and yeomen farmers such as castles, bastles and peel towers. My first exploratory walk in the valley took me to Harbottle.