Northumberland Journals

Walks and Churches in the North-East of England

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A travel journal to Northumberland by MichaelJM

Bamburgh Castle Photo, Northumberland, England More Photos
Quote: Northumberland is a great place for walking and although we're not big walkers we found somne "gentle" walks in the vicinity.

Embleton Parish Church

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Attraction | "A couple of superb village churches"

Embleton Parish Church Photo, Northumberland, England
Quote:
Whilst returning from Low-Newton-by-the-Sea we saw the impressive looking church of the Holy Trinity in Embleton. Our first attempt at parking took us to the front of the old vicarage and we rapidly decided that the occupants would not care for us parking on their drive. So we bid a hasty exit and pulled right on to the grass verge trying to keep off what was a very awkward road junction.The oldest part of the church is the tower and its two blocked off windows are clearly Norman in origin. I liked this end of the church with its elaborately tied off bell ropes and pierced metal circular staircase. There are six bells which were originally installed in 1892, but have been re-hung twice sin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 4, 2010

Embleton Parish Church

Northumberland, England

St. Aidan's Church

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Attraction | "Grace darling - the local heroine"

St. Aidan's Church Photo, Bamburgh, Northumberland
Quote:
Whilst in Bamburgh we’d passed the impressive Church of St Aiden’s where the frail body of 27 year-old Grace Darling had been buried. Grace was born in Bamburgh and was the seventh of nine children and when she was only a few months old the family moved on to the Farne Islands where her father was a lighthouse keeper. It was in September 1838 that a violent storm wrecked "The Forfarshire" and three hours after the sinking Grace saw survivors in the water. She was only 23 at the time but she and her father rowed a small boat for over a mile to rescue the survivors and then Grace had to keep the boat in position, by rowing against the tide, whilst her father fetched the marooned sailors to t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2010

St. Aidan's Church
18 King Street, Seahouses
Bamburgh, Northumberland, United Kingdom NE68 7XP
01665 720 427

Dunstanburgh Castle

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Attraction | "A great circular walk in a marvellous setting"

Dunstanburgh Castle Photo, Alnwick, England
Quote:
Several friends had told us about Dunstanburgh Castle and the coastal walk from Craster to this ancient monument. It was a glorious blue sky day so we decided that we’d head off for Craster and explore the area. The village of Craster was named after the affluent family that owned the land and back in 1272 there’s mention of William de Craucetr holding the estate. More recently it was the Craster family who built the harbour in 1906 in memory of Captain John Craster who was killed during active service in India two years earlier.Today Craster is best known for its smoked fish and you’ll get a whiff of the Robson smoker as soon as you park up in the town. Kippers and smoked salmon are prep...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2010

Dunstanburgh Castle
Craster
Alnwick, Northumberland, England NE66 3TT
+44 1665 576231

Bamburgh Castle

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Attraction | "A circular walk from Warren Mill to Bamburgh"

Bamburgh Castle Photo, Northumberland, England
Quote:
Our apartment at Budle Bay was real handy for a circular walk along the coast to the nearby town of Bamburgh, so we set off to get down to the bay, which was now at low tide. We were unable to find a proper footpath (although we later saw a couple from the roadside to the shore) and so we clambered over a few rocks to get there. Not the easiest of routes and despite some huffing and puffing from my wife, we finally made it. Soon I was striding off down the rippled sand of the bay – rucksack on my back, new hiking trainers on my feet – I was purposeful!In the distance, shrouded in a mist, was the iconic Lindisfarne Island, and under my feet were some of nature’s own beauties. There were sim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2010

Bamburgh Castle

Northumberland NE69 7DF
+44 1668 214515

St. Mary's Church

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Attraction | "Sighting of an unusual church and a short coastl walk"

St. Mary's Church Photo, Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland
Quote:
We stumbled by chance on a great little circular walk as we were riding through the Northumberland countryside. I spotted an unusual church as we headed towards Newton-by-the-sea and as you may know I’m a sucker when it comes to visiting churches. I pulled in on the side of the road and we headed off to check out the corrugated iron church of St Mary’s. It was painted green and there wasn’t a brick in sight. Newton Mission was built towards the end of the 19th century and Parish records indicate that regular evening services were held here until the late 1890’s and by 1902 the building was licensed for Holy Communion and Baptisms. In its early life the building was used as the Church and v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2010

St. Mary's Church
Village of Low Newton by the Sea
Northumberland, England