The Northumberland Coast Walk offers some of the best coastal walking in Europe, and in autumn you will have it all to yourself. The dramatic landscape is scattered with castles, coves and cliffs, and punctuated by tiny seaside villages and isolated islands offering a plethora of reasons to stop. There are puffin and tern colonies on Coquet Island, sweeping beaches at Alnmouth and the mudflats at picturesque Lindisfarne. Warm up with a cup of tea after a stroll around the magnificent gardens at Howick Hall, the erstwhile home of Earl Grey, or stock up with delicious Craster kippers before walking to the impressive remains of Dunstanburgh Castle. At the Ship Inn in Low Newton they brew their own beer, with wonderful names such as Sandcastles at Dawn and Red Herring. They do a mean crab sandwich as well. The sunsets in this part of the world are beautiful - dusk at Bamburgh Castle takes some beating.
Isolated and remote with limited vehicular access but over 100kms of paths, walks and small roads. Ideal to explore. Fantastic photo shoots and plenty of wildlife.
Chillingham Castle in Northumberland is as haunting as it name suggests – the castle enjoys numerous ghost stories, as well as dungeons and quite a disturbing torture chamber. The castle played a key role in bloody border battles throughout medieval history. Also a private residence, the often eccentric displays of personal belongings, and home-cooked provisions of the kitchen really provide the visitor with an intimate experience of a key historic site. Landscaped gardens and tours to see truly wild cattle ensure something for everyone.
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