Sunday, 25 April 2010

Bamburgh Castle

(Best viewed large)
The third day's walking, from Belford to Seahouses, was, I think, my favourite. It took us through the Nature Reserve at Budle Bay, and then on to Bamburgh, a small village with a magnificent castle. (You could spend a week simply visiting all the amazing castles in Northumberland - Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Warkworth.) Bamburgh was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. There has been a castle here since 547, initially a wooden one, and the present structure incorporates a Norman keep dating from 1164. Some of the castle is still inhabited (it has belonged to the Armstrong family since 1894) as well as being a major tourist attraction and wedding venue.


The village itself is attractive (one of its coffee shops provided a welcome stop for us!). St Aidan's Church has a memorial to Grace Darling, daughter of the Longstone lighthouse keeper on the Farne Islands, who, in 1838, helped rescue nine people from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in a terrible storm, using only a coble (a large rowing boat). It's an interesting story and she became a celebrated Victorian heroine, much sentimentalised.

4 comments:

  1. I remember this view, from a holiday we took in the region some years ago. Am I imagining it, or doesn't Jools Holland have some connection with Bamburgh Castle?

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  2. Makes me think of Elizabeth Goudge's THE CASTLE ON THE HILL. Beautiful picture!

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  3. I love the composition of the photograph, with the grasses in the foreground.

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  4. I can't even imagine seeing something so magnificient in person. What a great image! ~Lili

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