Sorry for lack of posts…hmmmm think I have said that more than once before. Writers block, busy with stuff, maybe a little bit of just don’t feel like it. Am sure you’ve found other things to do anyway!
I have been on holiday to Northumberland (or is it Northumbria?), which is a fine excuse for not blogging, as well as now giving me something to write about 🙂
What a beautiful part of the country! We stayed in a lovely village called Warkworth, which sits in the bow of a river and less than a mile to the beach. It also has an amazing medieaval castle, well worth a visit. There are numerous castles in this county, though from the ones we visited, this is my favourite. We were even allowed to take the dog in.
We also visited Dunstanburgh Castle which is in a fab location on a small headland jutting out into the North Sea. Its a 1 1/4 mile walk to reach it as there are no roads, but its close to the village of Craster with a number of places to eat. Other castles include Alnick (famous for being used in Harry Potter films) and Bamburgh. These are in very good condition and look beautiful but we only saw the outside as I prefer a proper ruin, a castle that shows its scars.
Lindisfarne is the last castle we saw, though unfortunately completely covered in scaffolding and is closed until sometime next year. I would still recommend visiting Holy Island, where the castle sits. Can only be reached by car at low tide as the road is a causeway, check tide times!! It is quite eerie travelling along this causeway knowing that within a few hours it will be very much underwater. The village isn’t all that interesting, though has a ruined priory. While wandering through the graveyards, a lady pointed out that some of the graves were for pirates, you could tell by the skull and crossbones on the gravestones!
On our last day we went inland to a small town called Rothbury. Found a place to park and, what luck, opposite a fabulous little wool shop called Rainbow Yarns
Avril, who owns this little treasure chest, is really lovely and has a great range of yarns for sale. Yes, I did buy some much needed yarn 😉 Though Avril does not have an online shop, she does offer mail order, check out her shop in the link.
So, a great holiday with reasonable weather and beaches as far as the eye can see!
Embleton Beach with Dunstanburgh castle in the distance
The dog loved it too!