Bamburgh and beyond
Leaving Lindisfarne behind we headed to Bamburgh and the Coastal route. After 10 minutes on the A1 we turned towards Bamburgh. I knew that there was a castle at Bamburgh, in fact we had seen it from Holy Island in the distance, but I was not prepared for the shear dramatic setting and grandeur of the place. We parked up (for free) and walked across the edge of the sports pitch at the base of the rock face with the castle looming large above us. Following the foot path in a clockwise direction we ended up in the dunes on the sea facing side of the castle. The castle is just as impressive from this angle, indeed from any angle. We made our way for about a mile along the beach then cut back through the dunes heading towards Bamburgh. A walk around the town, a town that reminded me of Broadway in the Cotswolds, and we both remarked on how clean and well-kept the whole places was.
From there we headed South on the Coastal Route to Seahouses a more touristy town just down about ten minutes away. With an active fishing port and boat trips from the harbour to the Farne Islands this is another great little town. I had been advised to try the fish n chips via a twitter contact at Seahouses and Lewis’s chippy didn’t disappoint.
We then tried to get to Crastor to visit the Smokery (if that is a word) again I had been pointed towards this via Twitter. The road that we approached on was the one that he Sat Nav and the sign posts suggested, but there was an arch on the road that we couldn’t get under in the motorhome. I’m sure that there is another road in but I gave up and turned towards Alnwick where we had booked overnight accommodation at Cawledge Farm CL.
A trip into Alnwick and a walk around the town was followed by a drive out to Alnwick with its fabulous beach. A walk with the dog along the beach was brought to a premature end with hailstones falling on us.
And so to site for a beer.