Northumberland Journals

A Rainy Easter Weekend on the Northumberland Coast

A March 2005 trip to Northumberland by Slaney

Lindisfarne Castle Photo, Lindisfarne, United Kingdom More Photos
Quote: We had visited at Easter before and the weather had been beautiful. This time we took our dog to enjoy the beautiful beaches, but the weather was against us.

A Rainy Easter Weekend on the Northumberland Coast

Overview

Northumberland coast Photo, Northumberland, England
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The beauty of the Northumberland coast, whether in rain or sun; Lindisfarne and Farne Islands, and the variety of birds on the Farne Islands.

Quick Tips:

Book well in advance if you want to stay on Lindisfarne—there isn't much accommodation. Take bad-weather gear. Always take note of high-tide warnings if visiting Lindisfarne.

Best Way To Get Around:

You need a car, but cycling, hiking, and boating are popular.

Purdy Lodge

Hotel

Purdy Lodge Photo, Northumberland, England
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The hotel is situated in a quiet position just off the A1 trunk road and has 20 ensuite bedrooms on two floors, all facing the back of the property, with views over farmland. Our room consisted of a double bed, TV, tea/coffeemaking facilities, and an ensuite bathroom, for which we paid £50. We had a choice of which floor we were on and chose the ground, although we could still see out over the farmland. Everything was very clean and the staff was very courteous, friendly, and helpful. There is no public lounge, but there is a bar, which was very busy at the time of our visit due to the Easter weekend.Dogs are allowed in the bedrooms but not the public rooms. The hotel is al...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2006

Purdy Lodge
Adderston
Northumberland, England
+44 (1668) 213000

Purdy Lodge

Restaurant

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The restaurant is a little dark and gloomy, but the food is very good. It is not a large room and there was only one waitress, but we were not kept waiting, as we were the first people in that night.We ate a three-course meal. The first course was soup. My husband had fish and I had the roast dinner. It ended with dessert and coffee, and the charge was £30 for both meals. Drinks can be brought in from the bar or ordered from the waitress. Breakfast can also be taken here.The bar also serves food and there is a 24-hour cafe on-site. We had breakfast the next morning at the cafe, which is self-service. There is a good choice of breakfast items, and we chose the Full English, which had ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2006

Purdy Lodge
Adderston, Belford
Northumberland, England
+44 01668 213000

Lindisfarne Castle

Attraction | "Lindisfarne Castle and Priory"

Lindisfarne Castle Photo, Lindisfarne, United Kingdom
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The castle, built in 1550, is not large and just outside the town situated on top of a hill, which is actually a volcanic mound with beautiful views of the sea and coastline (on a clear day). The tour takes in the kitchens, which gives an insight into cooking in the 1900s, when the castle was refurbished. The bedrooms, which are situated up a winding stone staircase, give an idea of how cold and draughty it would be to live here. At the top there is an area where you can go outside and take in the view of the coastline. There is also a walled garden, which is situated a short walk from the castle. The path to the castle runs at the side of the rocky beach and is paved, but the grounds of the castle ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2006

Lindisfarne Castle
Near Berwick-upon-Tweed
Lindisfarne TD15 2SH
+44 1289 389244

Farne Islands

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Attraction

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The Farne Islands, situated just off the Northumberland coast, is a haven for all kinds of birds and grey seals. There are 182 species of birds on the islands, with 22 species breeding there, and it is very popular with birdwatchers. Boat trips are available from Seahouses to all the islands, although in afternoons only during the breeding season. We haven't taken this trip yet, as the boats are quite small and each time we have visited the sea has been quite rough. This does not mean that the boats are not safe, just that we are too nervous!!The Farne Island Cruise is a 2.5-hour cruise in total, with 1 hour spent on the island and 1.5 hours cruising. The island has a walkway suitable for th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2006

Farne Islands

Northumberland, England

Visit to Lindisfarne

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Lindisfarne Photo, Northumberland, England
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Lindisfarne is approached by a scenic causeway that is completely under water at high tide. Checks of tide times must be made, with notices posted on this road, and you must ensure you leave by the time stipulated. All cars are left in the public pay-and-display car park at the edge of the town, and you have a choice of walking about 10 minutes to the centre or taking the shuttle bus, which runs in 20-minute intervals, to the castle.There is enough to keep you busy here for a day (if it is fine) with the castle, priory, church, and souvenir shops. You can also buy a bottle of Lindisfarne Meade. Cafes are quite plentiful. On our first visit we saw a fisherman walking up the street with two cr...Read More

Up the Coast and Over the Border

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Eyemouth Photo, Northumberland, England
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We left Lindisfarne in the early afternoon rain and made our way to new territory farther up country to Eyemouth. Eyemouth is a small fishing town just over the border of Scotland. It was Easter Sunday afternoon, and although one or two cafes and restaurants were open, there were only a few people out walking. We parked at the side of the small harbour and followed a path that went across a bridge and round the other side. Moored at this side was an old sailing vessel that looked to be under refurbishment, probably with a view to offer sailing trips to summer visitors.The path continued up the hillside towards the sea, from where we could see a small sandy cove. From there we made our way do...Read More

The Northumberland Coast

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Bamburgh Photo, Northumberland, England
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The whole of the Northumberland coast is awash with castles steeped in history, scenic views, and rocky islands, a sanctuary for wildlife and beautiful beaches. Even in the wettest of weather, the beauty is not diminished. We set off on our return journey in the mist that accompanies pouring rain and visited each town and village to walk on the beach. At times there was just me and our dog (my husband electing to stay in the dry car). We called at Banburgh and viewed the castle from the car park, it being too wet to walk round the small town or visit the beach. Seahouses, which in summer is teaming with holidaymakers, was deserted. Beadnell, another busy summer village with a sandy beach and small har...Read More