NORTHUMBERLAND COAST PATH
Beadnell to Bamburgh [6.95 miles]
Our final day, and in spite of the Met Office app saying clear skies and sun, the weather was dull and overcast. On a positive note though, the cloud appeared to be thinning as we set off from Beadnell. The first part of the walk took us along the road heading out of the village. But at the end of the housing we managed to find a way down onto the sands to continue heading north. On our last visit we stayed up alongside the road, but found it a bit on the dull side - today we were right alongside the rising tide line as we tried to find firm sand to walk on.
Close to Seahouses we found the spot where we had to dodge back onto the road, following the bank of the Annstead Burn.
Alongside Annstead Burn
We were back on the road briefly, then turned right and headed round the golf course, threading our way between the various greens and keeping a good lookout for golfers. We made a left turn and passed though a kissing gate near Braidcarr Rocks and caught a glimpse of a small cliff which was home to a colony of (mostly) kttiwakes, with a handful of fulmars thrown in for good measure.
Kittiwakes at Braidcarr Rocks
The harbour came into sight and our walk took as right alongside it, initially with an elevated view where we paused to take in the wildlife. Lots of eider ducks were in the harbour today as well as a handful of fishing boats unloading their catch.
Eider ducks (and Geri)
Fishing boats unloading their catch
Geri treated us to a mini doughnut each, and Stu held onto them as were started to leave Seahouses. We walked along the cliffs for a short while and then took the opportunity to grab a large 6 seater bench for a coffee break.
Distant view of the Farne Islands as the weather suddenly perked up
We were entertained by numerous sand martins who were obviously preparing to nest (if they weren't nesting already) in the sandy cliffs. As we drank our coffee, the sun started to make its presence felt, and things started to look up.
We were eager to get away from the road and back onto the sands. Strangely, the official coast path now dodges inland and passes through fields well away from this beautiful stretch of coast. This was not for us, and we were soon backon the sandy shore in glorious sunshine.
Heading towards Bamburgh
eider ducks resting on the rocks
and a pair who obligingly stood as I took a photo
more sand martins
Greenhill Rocks - the only rocky bit we had to negotiate
first view of Bamburgh Castle
At last Bamburgh Castle came into view between the dunes. Almost immediatley the view was lost as we continued northwards, passing more eider ducks on the rocks out to sea.
more eider ducks
a distant view of Holy Island
seeing a bit more of Bamburgh Castle now
looking back towards Seahouses
We headed for a gap in the dunes and circled round the northern edge of the castle. Our attention was drawn to a bench perched on top of a hillock. Needing no further bidding we scrambled up the steep pathway to discover that we had unwittingly arrived at the Kingsmill number 1 lunch spot in the UK! By a strange coincidence, our holiday destination last year - Rhosneigr Beach, was voted number 9, and one of our favourite destinations for walks inland, the Elan Valley was voted number 7.
little wonder that this view won the competition
We sat and had our lunch and took in the magnificence that was Bamburgh Castle. A fitting view to end or short visit to Northumberland
Panoramic view of Bamburgh Castle
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