The Battlefield of Flodden is the location of the major engagement in the Flodden campaign, where the armies of James IV of Scotland and the Earl of Surrey, met on 9th September 1513. The battle occurred somewhere in the fields to the south of Branxton on the slopes of Branxton Hill, starting late in the afternoon and lasting for 3 hours. By nightfall James, most of his nobles and perhaps 10,000 of his countrymen lay dead.
Today the battlefield is marked by a granite cross, erected in 1910, and a battlefield trail created and maintained by the Remembering Flodden Project.
Well worth a vist and the trail open up to fantastic views of the Scottish Borders and the Cheviot Hills.
Post code for satnav – TD12 4SN (Branxton Church)
Grid Reference – NT88853740
Opening Times – Open access.
Admission – Free.
Facilities – Parking, no other facilities
Parking – Park in the Flodden Monument car park 400m to the west of the Church of St Paul, Branxton.
From Cornhill – follow the A697 south for 2 miles, until you see signs for Branxton on your right. Follow this single track road for 1 mile, until you reach a T-junction on the west edge of Branxton, by the village hall. Take the very tight turn to the right (almost back on yourself) and follow the road for a further 500m, past the church on your right until you reach the Flodden Battlefield car park on your left.
From Wooler and the south – pass through the village of Milfield on the A697 and continue north for 4 miles, until you see the turn for Branxton on your left by the Bluebell Inn (currently closed). Follow this winding, single track road for 2 miles into the village of Branxton. At the far end of the village (by the village hall), take the left turn and continue for a further 500m past the church on your right until you reach the Flodden Battlefield car park.