Beautiful Beaches: Bamburgh

The beach and castle at Bamburgh

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Magnificent Bamburgh castle provides a backdrop at this beach, which has been popular since the Victorians first 'invented' the seaside. The sands run almost unbroken between Seahouses and Bamburgh, with dunes and just a couple of rocky areas that always prove popular with the children.

Exploring the rock pools at Bamburgh beachThe area of beach in front of the castle is quite sheltered, so usually gets busy when the weather is good with, of course, sand-castles galore! The dunes at this point used to be home to a number of private beach huts but they have all but disappeared now.

A short distance away to the north there is a small white lighthouse on a rocky outcrop and, beyond that, a huge sandy bay that tends to be quiet even during the main holiday season. This is probably because it isn't easily accessible from the main road.

The best way to reach the bay is along the small road that leads to the Bamburgh Golf Club, then down a path to the sand. When the tide is out, the expanse of beach is tremendous and it is a good place for a quiet walk, paddling in the surf.

The beach at Bamburgh beyond the golf club

The beach beyond Bamburgh golf club. Photo: © Copyright Oliver Dixon / CC BY-SA 2.0

Continuing northwards, a few ancient wooden posts mark the site of an old jetty. It's difficult to imagine that centuries ago this area was a busy port for Bamburgh which, for nearly 100 years, was the capital of Bernicia - a kingdom that encompassed what we now know as Durham, Northumberland and the Borders Region.

The coastline curves around into the mud-flats of Budle Bay, which is a popular bird-watching spot and the scene of many an impressive sunset.

A sunset over Budle Bay, Northumberland



Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Oliver Dixon, Oliver Dixon, Walter Baxter, Stephen McKay, Walter Baxter, Bill Payer, Dave Green, Richard West, Terry Walsh, Stephen McKay, Mark Percy, Walter Baxter.
All images © Copyright / CC BY-SA 2.0


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