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A few picture stories ‘& essays
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Northumberland Travel Guide

Ten of the Best Things to do in Northumberland
1: Sunrise at Holy Island

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Of all the things to do in Northumberland, sunrise at Holy Island is perhaps the most spectacular. But you won’t be guaranteed one like this…  Continue reading Northumberland Travel Guide

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Chillingham Castle

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Chillingham Castle, Sir Humpty’s most treasured jewel.

Chillingham is quite possibly my favourite place in the North East, though I doubt you and I have seen it in the same light. The majority will see it in it’s hazy summer glory, for this is when holidays are taken and Chillingham gets to recoup some of the cost of its spectacular renovation: the gory tales and tours are family friendly (well, for the Adams Family at least), and Sir Humpty’s collection of gore-abilia will rightly pull in the crowds. Continue reading Chillingham Castle

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Holy Island Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne sunrise
Lindisfarne sunrise

Wonderful sights often require effort on the viewer’s part – sometimes a lot, at other times not so much – and one of the most spectacular sights in Britain is a perfect sunrise over the Holy Island that is Lindisfarne. Continue reading Holy Island Lindisfarne

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Holy Island Lindisfarne

Holy Island Lindisfarne
Holy Island Lindisfarne
Holy Island Lindisfarne
Holy Island Sunrise

Photography is primarily about developing personal vision: learning to see anew, if you like, though this time through lenses, as you strive to master the limitless perspectives they offer.

It is also about hard work, planning, knowing your subject/object, understanding light, the seasons, angles, hard-earned experience and myriad other details.
And occasionally – very occasionally – its about good luck. Continue reading Holy Island Lindisfarne

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Cheviots

Cheviots at sunset
Cheviots at sunset
Gateway to the Cheviots

Take the B6348 off the main A1, not far from the opposite turn off to Bamburgh, and head in the direction of Chatton and Wooler. When night falls along this road you know you are close to a relative wilderness and far from the maddening crowds, which makes it a great place for a cottage rental, for those who like to look at the stars and be up with the larks on their windowsill. Continue reading Cheviots

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Northumberland Travel Guide

Holy Island Lindisfarne
Northumberland: A Travel Guide

Welcome to a unique words and pictures guide to some unmissable things to see in the land of the sunrise. Continue reading Northumberland Travel Guide

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Berwick upon Tweed

The Barrels are full in Berwick upon Tweed
The Barrels are full in Berwick upon Tweed

Too often overlooked but worth the drive up the A1. Lowry loved this place for a reason: if you were to take a typical worktown and dress it up in idealised clothing, it would probably look something like Berwick upon Tweed. Continue reading Berwick upon Tweed

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Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle in the cool blue of a sunrise.
Dunstanburgh Castle in the cool blue of a sunrise.
 Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle

…(or better still, carry on walking and have a pint in The Ship at Newton by the Sea).

If you are expecting a picture-perfect postcard village, Craster might be a disappointment because it isn’t that picturesque: no architecture of note, the only place to park (unless you’ve been allocated a slot with your holiday let) is the car park on the road approaching the village, and there’s nowt much to do on a day trip other than breath the salty air and sniff Mr. Robson’s kippers. Continue reading Dunstanburgh Castle

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Bamburgh

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Bamburgh Castle. Or at least a small portion.
A Walk Along the Beach at Bamburgh

Bamburgh Castle is a spectacular sight by day but it fizzles out come night time, when it should be at its finest. I’ve no doubt it can be expensive lighting up a full castle at night, especially out of season when there’s few folk around to enjoy the spectacle.
But if this hulking jewel were mine, I’d be looking at ways to light it up so brightly that Tim Peake would be able to see it from his bedroom portal on the space station.
Continue reading Bamburgh

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Beadnell

Beadnell Bay and the Lime Kilns
Beadnell Bay and the Lime Kilns

If you didn’t know about it beforehand (as many watersporters do), Beadnell can throw you somewhat on arrival.
OK, so the Craster Arms looks like a decent place for a pint and a butty, and the church is cute.

But is that it?
Mmm. A stroll towards the coast reveals a collection of nondescript houses (of the forgettable variety that this coast has too many of, and which is one of Northumberland’s few blights).
So is that it?
Actually no. There’s a cute little harbour by the old lime kiln, against which the waves come a crashing when the weather isn’t playing nice, and the same waves provide the surf for the many water sports along miles of duned beach. Continue reading Beadnell

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Warkworth Northumberland

Warkworth. For many the jewel of Northumberland.
Warkworth. For many the jewel of Northumberland.

For some, Warkworth is Northumberland’s Jewel. Warkworth Castle lords it over the wonderfully preserved Castle main street and the short riverside walk is perfect for a daily stroll at either end of the day. Continue reading Warkworth Northumberland