• Endless beaches and dramatic castles

    Leaving the picturesque village of Low Newton by the sea and heading north, the vast sweep of Beadnell Bay is a wonder to behold with rich golden sand gently crunching beneath the boots. The Brunton Burn is crossed as it fans out across the beach and after heavy rains maybe only passable by wading or heading inland to a long wooden bridge. Arctic terns reside here at this time of year, their sleek outline skimming the beach and alighting with a graceful ease.

    Beadnell village is soon reached with the dominating lime kilns and small harbour standing prominent. The village has developed recently with many new house builds adding to the small footprint. The way onwards is sadly via a roadside path that takes the walker into the settlement of Seahouses, famous for boat trips to the nearby Farne Islands - a haven for seabirds. The profusion of fish and chip shops hereabouts will keep the walker well stoked for the onward journey along the vast beach to Bamburgh castle and village.

    Today a haar has rolled in off the North Sea reducing the visibility to just 20 metres at times and obscuring the great mass of the castle standing above the beach on an outcropping of the Whin Sill. It appears as impregnable from all sides and has often been used in film and TV as an atmospheric location standing in for castles around the world!

    The day finishes in pleasant Bamburgh village with a selection of small shops, refreshments and accommodation.

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