NORTHUMBERLAND COAST PATH
Craster to Beadnell [7.95 miles]
Day 2 with Sue and Stu and we're off to Beadnell to park my car, then return in Stu's to Craster. Stu seemd to have a bit of an issue with the parking ticket machine, so Sue went and sorted him out.
Once again, we were blessed with clear blue skies, and a cold north easterly wind. We made our way down from the car park to the harbour at Craster.
We headed out of the village on the coast path towards the entrance to Dunstanburgh Castle,
following the coast path with the golf links to our left took us quite close to the castle walls
As we left we looked back to the guano streaked cliffs of Rumble Churn, spotting the usual kittiwakes and fulmars and a few guillimots.
We continued along the path, passing the golf club and some remarkable rock formations.
We moved off the coast path which followed the dunes inland and got down onto the sands as soon as we were able, enjoying the easy walking as we looked out at Embleton Bay. It was hard to resist looking back to Dunstanburgh Catle as we went.
Embleton Bay and Dunstanburgh Castle
As we approached Newton Pool nature reserve, Sue was greatly impressed by a pair of handsome looking Exmoor ponies in a field.
We could see quite a few water birds on the lake and so we took the opportunity to enter one of the hides to get a closer look. The first birds I spotted were a pair of teal - their handsome brown and green striped heads shining in the sunlight. A further pair could be seen further out in the lake. A group of grey lag geese snoozed on the land adjacent to the hide as we quietly left and moved on.
We were now getting close to the tern colony. A couple we spoke to in the hide at Newton Pool advised us that the terns hadn't yet arrive, which was a disappointment. However, as we approached the area there were signs of the National Trust setting up the ranger camp. The closer we got the more it was evident that the terns had already started arriving in numbers, both arctic terns with a handful of little terns as well.
The ranger camp being set up
The terns diving and wheeling, but not yet ready to start nesting
We went up to the ranger cabin and spent a while watching the tern activity until it was time to leave; retracing our steps to the bridge across the Brunton Burn. Just across the other side of the burn, a convenient hollow offered itself as a sheltered spot for lunch.
The final stretch took us across the sands to Beadnell were we went and explored the harbour.
Once we arrived at Beadnell, we visited the lime kilns and looked back towards Dunstanburgh for one final look.
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A distant view of Dunstanburgh