Bamburgh Castle again


grace darling chocsLast weekend to Bamburgh Castle to visit my friend O., croquet queen.  They take croquet seriously up there.  Loaded with wet-weather gear (thanks BBC weather forecast) I arrived in a heatwave.  Bliss. From the Castle south through woodland and enormous poppyfied sand-dunes, then 3 miles south along a sandy beach to Seahouses, where I jumped on Billy Shiel’s Glad Tidings, and sailed round the Farne Isles, treacherous rocky outcrops sprinkled with guillemots, puffins, razorbills, arctic terns – visitors are advised to wear hats as these are expert dive-bombers – and Atlantic seals, fat grey sausages soaking up the sunshine.  There’s also a chapel commemorating 7c St Cuthbert, and Longstone Lighthouse (which I could see twinkling at night from my Castle bedroom) where Victorian heroine and celebrity Grace Darling lived.  Her rescue of shipwrecked survivors during a horrific storm is celebrated in the excellent RNLI museum in Bamburgh village.

my glad tidings

glad tidings II

longstone lighthouse farnes isles

grace darling memorabilia


grace darling museum

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1 Response to Bamburgh Castle again

  1. Emerald says:

    Lovely pics & report from The North 🙂

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