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 harbour, was the same. As for Dunstanburgh Castle, nobody was walking along the cliff top from Craster to visit the castle. Alnmouth, another small town popular with summer visitors, has a large grass area fronting the beach, which is down the hill from the town. Alnwick is a walled town with a cobbled square and a stately home and gardens open to the public. All sound very much the same with their beautiful beaches, yet all are so different and every one is worth a visit. There are many varied entertainments for hikers, walkers, photographers, bird-watchers, history buffs, and everyday holidaymakers on the Northumberland coast.