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Flodden Field

Berwick, Woller & Bamburgh
July 19, 2020

In seemingly the middle of nowhere,

Adjoined to the small village of Branxton – is Flodden field. As a warmup walk to our intended double whammy for the day, I didn’t read much into it in our guide before rocking up. I was in for some sombreing education about it’s history.

Start/End

Monument

Boggy Ground

Scottish Lines

Route Details

2km (1 hour)
Map OS Landranger 74
Parking Free

With the modern-day Scottish border within spitting distance,

We arrived at the first of two free to use car parks and made a beeline for the obligatory information board.

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Obligatory information board

It was here that we realised the gravity of the events that unfolded on this unsuspecting field several hundred years prior.

The 📄 Battle of Flodden Field saw anywhere between 17,000 and 25,000 die in the battle, most of which were Scots.

Today, its a completely unremarkable set of fiels with a small stream running between. If not for the monument erected in the early 1900’s to honor the thousands of dead that lost their lives in one of England’s bloodiest battles.  

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En route to monument

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On the right trail

As we exited the car park along the path towards the monument it was clear the dense, thick wheat was almost ready for harvest.

After attempting to fathom a joke about Weetabix and failing, we arrived at some steps and a wooden sign to confirm we were indeed headed in the right direction.

At the top of a short incline was the Flodden Monument, built in 1910, funded by public subscription after a fundraising campaign headed by members of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club.

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Flodden Monument

It is a very simple monument overlooking the village of Branxton – devoid of the grandiose seen in most monuments seen today. The monument bears a plaque with a dedication ‘To the brave of both nations’.

As millenials, and far less brave than those soldiers, Rachael and I headed down the grass path towards the ‘Boggy Ground’ portion of the fields, which tactically was the undoing of the Scots in the battle of Flodden.

 

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Charge!

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On boggy ground

Once in the dip between the two fields, it was decidedly less boggy than described – modern drainage and the absence of armies trampling through it probably help here.

Taking a left to follow the marked Battlefield Trail sign once again, we hit the edge of the original field. This marked the central point of the Battle of Flodden field. 

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Towards Scottish lines

At this point, the trail takes a sharp right and up the incline of the opposing fields, towards where the Scottish lines were drawn during the battle.

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Flodden Field selfie

After taking a quick Selfie to mark the halfway point of this very quick walk we headed past another field of gold which looked even more ripe for turning into Weetabix!

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Fields of gold

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Quiet contemplation

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Return path

At the top of the field, where the Scottish Army set themselves for the battle is an unassuming bench – perfect for quiet contemplation.

After a small breather, we exited the field onto the road headed back into Branxton. Interestingly, across the road is the field where the English forces brought their flanking Archers which were critical to their overwhelming success.

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Killing fields 

As we headed down the road we saw the final information board of the trail – explaining in sobering detail just how much death, carnage and destruction happened.

The boggy ground apparently turned Red with the amount of blood being shed. 😐 

After that bit of upbeat reading – we continued down the road into Branxton to have a little nosey at what was around before arriving back at the car park.

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Welcome to Branxton

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I can see the car!

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Receiving the slain of both nations

Just before arriving back at the car, we noticed the small Parish Church – which we had not spotted when driving in. This church received the dead of both nations following the battle and it’s accompanied by two cemeteries which appear to serve the local community.

And on that note, I needed a sandwich to cheer myself up before driving out to our next destination of 📄 Humbleton Hill.

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