Assuming all goes (relatively) as planned on Days 1 and 2, I would like to reserve one day for a trip to Durham, mainly to see the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibit. I have been to Durham and Chester-le-Street many times (and seen the Lindisfarne Gospels in the British Library), but to see the manuscript this close to its earlier homes is a wonderful opportunity.
My plan is to make a full circle counter-clockwise: go from Penrith over the Pennines via Stainmore Pass, which would be the route Aldred’s family took, and possibly Aldred himself as I imagine him traveling in Cumbria. Then return via the north through Corbridge, Hexham, and Carlisle. I have gone along Hadrian’s wall to Ruthwell cross and Bewcastle before so will resist temptation to revisit.
The main question is whether I can cram anything else into the day, given that my main interest is to spend a bit of time in Durham. One possible side trip east is to the coastal estates of Castle Eden and Easington, where I have placed Aldred’s family. Or should I revisit Chester-le-Street?
Addendum: I just realized looking at my flight plan that I have FOUR days to explore Cumbria and environs! So now to think of another route….