Nine Year Aud Hole
Cave In Alnwick, Northumberland
A cave in Hulne Park guarded by a statue of a hermit.
We visited the lovely Hulne Park a few years ago and it wasn't until we researched it for the Fabulous North that we found a few little bits that we had missed.
One of them was a cave near the Brizlee Tower called Nine Year Aud Hole, so on our latest visit we had to go and find it.
Although it's right next to the track, it can easily be missed if you visit the tower and then just head straight back down the way you came. Just keep following the yellow route around the loop and you'll easily find the cave.
It's a natural cave formed by slipping of sandstone on the cliff face and is guarded by a life size hermit or white friar. This statue was probably placed here when Capability Brown added similar statues to the ruins of Hulne Friary as part of the 'improvements' around 1777.
How To Find Nine Year Aud Hole
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.More Places from Simon
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