[ Photo Blog #56 ]
The coast of Northumbria on the North-East of England bordering with Scotland is atmospheric and highly impressive. It was described by Janet Street Porter on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Best View’ as having ‘a coastline ravaged by nature and steeped in history. There’s a story round every single corner … you’re not just looking at a view, you’re standing in the footsteps of kings, and all on one of the most dramatic coastlines nature has to offer.’
I have visited many times, usually on the way to or from my tours of Scotland. For me, one of the highlights of a visit to this part of the country is the small town of BAMBURGH. The following photographs I took there in 2003 on one of these visits when I stayed in this historic town for several days.
Bamburgh is a stunningly attractive small town within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In fact it is even perhaps just a village, with a population of only about 450. It is dominated by its magnificently imposing Castle, once the seat of the former Kings of Northumbria, that can be seen for miles around. It would be hard not to be impressed by the sheer size of the Castle and there is so much to tell about its long and amazing history. On the seaward side of the castle and town there are impressive stretches of pure golden sandy beaches with rolling sand dunes and views across the sea to both the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and to the Farne Islands. The town also houses a museum dedicated to its great heroine, Grace Darling.
To read the story of Grace Darling and of how her heroism caught the attention of the Victorian public, click on this link . . . The Story Of Grace Darling
Bamburgh Castle from the North Sea shore
Looking eastwards towards the castle from the town
The defensive landward side walls of Bamburgh Castle in the evening sun
The seaward walls of Bamburgh Castle from the seashore
Looking north to the castle across the coastline dunes
The beach of the North Sea at Bamburgh
Looking eastwards across the North Sea from the sand dunes
Driftwood marker on Bamburgh beach
The Bamburgh Sandman (See my earlier blog of October 29th 2016 at: The SANDMAN )
This elaborate cenotaph commemorates the life of the early 19th Century lifeboat heroine, Grace Darling, who is buried nearby.
Bamburgh rooftops and castle battlements outlined against the rising sun
The Castle at Sunrise
Sunrise over the North Sea from Bamburgh
Bamburgh Castle . . . Pen and Wash – WHB: 2014 ©