Seahouses

Route: Budle Bay to Seahouses

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 8th September 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.9 miles

Weather: Sunny spells

On our last day of a short walking holiday in Northumberland we opted for another linear coastal route, having been inspired by the vast and almost deserted sands of Beadnell Bay a couple of days ago

We drove over to Seahouses in good time to catch the 9.57am Arriva bus from the Post Office bus stop. The driver kindly offered to drop us off wherever we liked, which was by the track leading to Kiln Point. The place is shown as Budle on the OS map, though it’s not a village and there’s only a farm and a caravan park. After walking down the track we soon reached Budle Bay shoreline, where mile after mile of golden sand reached out into the distance, a glorious sight. As with our Beadnell Bay walk, we’d arrived at low tide and so we able to walk along the beach rather than follow a higher footpath above the dunes

After crossing Harkness Rocks, the thrilling sight of Bamburgh Castle appeared in the distance and we continued along the seemingly endless beach, passed by the ancient castle, and carried on to our destination – Seahouses

This was the end of a great walk, but it wasn’t the end of the day because there still remained time for a boat trip from Seahouses harbour around the Farne Islands. The boat ‘Glad Tidings‘ sailed round several of the islands, giving very close views of seals, cormorants, and even a couple of late puffins. A wonderful way to round off a wonderful stay in Northumberland

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