A walk on the beach
A walk on the beach Bamburgh Reviews
A walk on the beach Aug 21, 2012
This has to be one of the most glorious beaches in England! A wide expanse of sand over which the castle watches protectively as it has done for centuries. There are dunes to provide shelter from the sometimes chilly winds off the North Sea, a few rock pools to explore, great views of distant Holy Island and the slightly nearer Farne Islands, and enough sand to build sandcastles to rival the “real” stone one!
And it is never crowded. When we visited most recently on a warm August weekday, there was a sprinkling of families in the area nearest to the castle, but even here there was more than enough space for everyone. And if you’re prepared to walk along the sands a little, you could easily find a large section to call your own. Off-season, the beach is popular with walkers, but again, by popular I mean that there will always be a handful here, whatever the weather, and maybe on a bright sunny day you will encounter a dozen or more on your walk across the sand.
South of the village is another fine stretch of sand, with (I think) the two connected at low tide. Here there is a reasonably priced car park (£2 for the day when we were here recently, though we only paused for photos and didn’t go in) so the beach gets a little busier, but is still quiet compared with other parts of the country. The reason? The North Sea is very chilly, and only the braver beach-goers will swim there, though small children seem happy to ignore the chill and splash happily in the shallows. And a cold plunge is perhaps a small price to pay for a day on such a glorious beach!
To reach the beach from the village, take the footpath from the far corner of the cricket field below the castle – it’s a walk of only a couple of minutes across the dunes before you emerge on the beach (but not good for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc)
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