Warkworth Village Northumberland Reviews
Travel Back in Time at Warkworth Aug 27, 2013
The Northumbrian village of Warkworth is arranged on a standard medieval template that takes advantage of the natural defensive loop of the river Coquet. The castle still dominates the entrance to the village and from it the main street leads down to the 12th centuary Norman church of st Lawrence.
The church, with its peaceful graveyard and slightly leaning tower, contains an effigy of a knight crusader as well as very well preserved Norman archwork. It is here that Harry Hotspjur worshipped as a child. Harry, or Henry Percy as he is formally known, is briefly mentioned in Shakespere`s henry IV part two, and scenes from the play are set at Warkworth castle.
Just a mile or so from the village is Warkworth beach backed by sand dunes and a golf course. Although not the most beautiful beach in this county of superb sweeps of golden sand, it is very pleasant non the less.
I was especially taken with the mini Cairns made of pebbles that were built just above the shoreline on top of the series of concrete squares that were, I believe, WWII anti tank defences.
Another interesting feature of the beach is its `black gold`. Up until relatively recently this was an important mining area, and sea coal is still plentiful on the beach.
Returning back into the village on the Church side, you cross a modern road bridge which replaces, and also spans alongside, the original medieval bridge.
Warkworth castle, once the formal residence of the Percy family is now entrusted to national heritage. The village is a popular tourist destination and retirement location due to its picturesque nature combined with close proximity to Alnwick and the A1 (main road which links to Newcastle).
Self catering accommodation is plentiful in the village. I can recommend Northumbria Coast and Country cottages based in nearby Almouth.
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