Some sights change you forever. For me, it was what greeted me when we took the road north out of Seahouses and saw Bamburgh Castle squatting upon its outcrop of the Whin Sill. I’d never imagined a castle, outside of films, could look so commanding. But there it was, master of land and sea and sky. Surely, despite being so far north, a king must have raised such a keep? Turned out, one had. More than one: three of the most important kings in English history, three kings who straddled the divide between pagan and Christian, between Angle and Briton; three kings who set a collection of feuding little kingdoms on the road to becoming England.
Northumberland has a wonderful, wild coastline, of which the Farne Islands are the jewels in the crown. This archipelago is made up of between 15 and 20 islands, depending on the tide conditions, the best known of which is Inner Farne. They are owned and managed by the National Trust, which means that although some are accessible to the public, the conservation of the wildlife and their natural environment is the foremost priority.
We planned our first trip to the Farne Islands with one objective; to get a close up view of some puffins. It is estimated that there are 37,000 breeding pairs on the islands. There are also another 22 bird species who visit or live on the isles. It is a true sea bird paradise.
Nestled on the banks of the River Coquet sits the ancient village of Warkworth. Its main street is scattered with an eclectic mix of boutique stores, art galleries and chocolatiers, snuggled between impressive Georgian homes. Sandy shores lie within walking distance of the village which are normally occupied by no more than a few dog walkers.
Warkworth from the air – credit Gail Johnson
The stunning region of Northumberland is one of Britain’s best beauties. Hidden away in the heart of the English countryside, Northumberland is the ultimate holiday hotspot – offering everything from action and adventure to must-see historical landmarks. Famous for its rustic charm and breathtaking backdrop, Northumberland is among the country’s most alluring attractions.
So whether you’re looking for a romantic break for two or an action-packed mini-break with the family, a visit to Northumberland won’t disappoint.
Like most weekends in spring or summer in the UK, you can wish for blazing sunshine, but in reality? Splattering rain with a side order of blasting winds. Whilst this might be problematic for anyone who prefers their ice-cream and sandwiches without a healthy layer of sand, fear not. Its the perfect conditions for a spot of extreme kite flying! Read on for a VisitNlander’s flashback to the May Day Bank Holiday and let the Blyth Kite Festival inspire you…