On Monday we took the bus from Seahouses to the tiny village of Craster (south of Seahouses) for a walk north along the Northumberland Coast Path.
The first leg of the walk is dominated by Dunstanburgh Castle, once a formidable fortress held by John of Gaunt, heir to the throne of Edward III (who had too many kids). John died before his father, thus triggering the nearly 300 years of Plantagenet in-fighting known as the Cousins War (or War of the Roses in Shakespearean terms).
After successfully negotiating the perils of the castle, we found ourselves in greater danger – from golf balls. Golfing in the dunes must be popular I’ve seen four links within 15 miles of Seahouses.
Both golfing and coastline are owned by the National Trust, so the clubhouse is open to folks rambling by. We availed ourselves of a fortifying cuppa in company with a flock of chilly house sparrows.
The next bit took us through hilly dunes and deep sea grasses.
To a fine pub lunch at the Ship Inn in Low Newton. We were in fine company.
Through a patch of woodland…
… and out onto the fine sands of Beadnell Bay beach.
And into Beadnell, where we caught the bus back to Seahouses.
A walk around the Seahouses harbor before an excellent dinner at the Olde Ship Inn (bosun’s stew to die for).