Friday, 25 September 2009

Craster, Amble and Castles

We woke this morning to a lovely sunrise ...

which turned into a beautiful sunny day so we decided to eat breakfast al fresco …

After studying the map we made plans to visit Craster and then travel south as far as Amble. We arrived in Craster and the car park ticket gave us all day parking so we could wander around for as long as we liked. We went down to the harbour …

and then spotted that Dunstanburgh Castle was free for National Trust members so thought we’d return to the car for our walking shoes. On the way back we found two coach loads of teenagers heading our way and obviously making for the Castle. No offence to teenagers but we didn’t fancy looking round it in their company! We thought we’d go on our travels and then come back in the afternoon to do the Castle. So back on the road and a lovely little arch to negotiate …

No problem! We pulled up in a lay-by as the scenery was great …


and then moved on to Boulmer where a free car park overlooked the sea and Hamish could have a run …

It was a lovely walk on the sands and there was a handy log for me …

After coffee we set off again and headed for Alnmouth followed by Warkworth with the Castle standing proud above the town …

We were now on the outskirts of Amble and parked by the weir on the river …

We could see back to the Castle …

and there was a sculpture made from railway sleepers …

We had lunch here and then drove on into Amble and the harbour …

then retraced our steps passing the Castle again …

and parking back in Craster. With walking shoes on and not a teenager in sight we went through the gate and began the long trek …

Once there we went under the grand entrance and walked anti-clockwise around the Castle. Here are a selection of photos …







On the way back Hamish met two sheep and he was brilliant. He just sat there and looked at them …

Once back in Craster we saw the statue by the RNLI Station ...

and then made our way back to the RV. I was exhausted! I can’t remember when I last walked for 3 miles non-stop! At the end of the day we had a beautiful sunset which hopefully means good weather again tomorrow …

2 comments:

melanie said...

beautiful place..

Joanne said...

wow beautiful start and finish to a very packed day x