Annual Trip to Northumberland 2014

Although we usually visit a little later in the year, we decided to bring the holiday forward to take advantage of the forecast for good weather.

We have been here countless times and always seek and find something new to see.  We used the village of Seahouses as our base, with wonderful views of the harbour and Bamburgh Castle enhanced further by the binoculars which came with the room.  My husband even spotted an Oystercatcher.

On the way to Seahouses, we visited Alnwick Gardens.  We enjoyed the visit and there was a pleasant ambiance with live music, the sound of the water features and the ornamental gardens.  However, it cost £3.00 to park the car and the entrance for the ground only (not the castle) was expensive as I had thought RHS members could still go free. 

 We had an interesting tour of the poison garden

 One of the ever changing water features

 The tree house for grownups is a restaurant

We have visited the picturesque, model villages of Ford and Etal before, but this time we visited the Standing Stones to the north of Etal.  It’s a mystery to me how the stones were transported to this place in the Bronze Age, also how such a setting from which you can see for miles around was found. The stones were a circle (a henge) but a couple of them have disappeared over the years.
Pub in Etal with its picturesque thatched roof

 Etal Castle

 The standing stones at Duddo

We continued to Berwick-on-Tweed, a town surrounded by ramparts on the Scottish border, wondering if we would need passports to travel further North in future!  We went to see an exhibition in a restored granary of L S Lowry’s work depicting this area. 

All too soon it was time to leave but not before we stopped at various other places en route.
 Early morning sun coming through the mist at Alnmouth

 Warkworth Castle


I can thoroughly recommend this beautiful part of England and guarantee that you will be smitten by the dramatic scenery, the like of which my camera cannot really capture.


  1. What beautiful photos. I have long wanted to go to Seahouses after reading about it many years ago. And seeing Robson Green's series about Northumberland made me want to go there even more and now your post has rekindled my interest yet again. Maybe one day x

  2. Very beautiful, and so much variety! Like the Poison Garden, the castle and the Lowry poster with the matching real life scenery. Not that long ago, YP (Yorkshire Pudding) posted about Lowry on his blog.

  3. Great pictures. I do like standing stones - at least in part because we understand so little about them.

  4. What a wonderful part of the world. I can see the stories almost tripping off the page 'The Poison Garden' 'The Ever Changing Water' and of course, ''The Stones of Duddo' Standing Stones often feature in my work. Have you been inspired to write anything, based on your holiday?

    1. I do make notes on locations to use in my stories, but using them as titles is a great idea.


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