Bamburgh Castle Circular - Wednesday 18 June 2014
Bamburgh Castle - Bamburgh Moor - Bamburgh Castle Golf Club - Dukesfield - West/East Burton - Fowberry - Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle (Charge) - Grid Ref NU184349
Sand, grassy paths and road walking on quiet lanes
Sunny and warm with excellent visibility
OS340 - Holy Island & Bamburgh
Situated on the east coast of Britain on a dolerite outcrop in Northumberland sits the beautiful Bamburgh Castle. Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland's most iconic buildings. The Bamburgh castle we see today is a relatively recent structure, built by famed industrialist the first Lord Armstrong at vast cost in late Victorian times. Lord Armstrong was also responsible for building Cragside House, Gardens & Estates which is nearby at Rothbury. During its more recent history, Bamburgh Castle feted royal guests and English kings, one of whom, Edward IV destroyed it in the Wars of the Roses. Lord Armstrong's restoration saved it from ruin and the castle provides an ancestral home to the Armstrong family to this day as well as a venue for weddings etc and it is also open to the public.
This was our second walk today having been over to Holy Island this morning (link here). The walk started from the large Car Park on Links Road, directly opposite the castle and headed due east to reach the beach. We then made our way along the beautiful sandy carpet, all the time enjoying fine views of the castle and its ramparts. The route then made its way inland to reach The Wynding and then headed along the coast to Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, surely one of the most picturesque courses in the country. The path across the course is well way marked and crosses a few of the holes before reaching the 10th tee where there is a commemorative water fountain presented to the club by former politician and life peer, Lord Walton of Detchant. The water fountain was most welcome on a hot day like today.
At the far end of the golf course a sign pointed south towards the cottages at Newtown and we then followed the edge of the golf course to reach a lane which took us to Galliheugh Bank. From here the walk passed over fields to firstly Dukesfield and then to the farms at East & West Burton, passing through the latter's farmyard to reach a lane. Further field walking lead us to Fowberry and from there grassy tracks and field paths brought us back to Links Road and the Car Park in Bamburgh. A very pleasant way to spend a few hours in an idyllic part of Northumberland. On completion of the walk we repaired to The Joiners Arms in Newton by the Sea to enjoy a cold beer and a superb Fish & Chip Supper.
The Links Road Car Park in Bamburgh - the start point of the walk today
Looking back to the castle from near The Wynding
A bit tired eh Fudgie
Super views from the golf course - Holy Island (Lindisfarne) can be seen to the right
Continuing along the side of the golf course towards Budle Point
FORE! What a place to play Golf.
Fudge waiting patiently for his turn on the water fountain
Super field paths as we head down to Dukesfield
There was a fair bit of wheat field paths today - Fudge loved them
Heading back to Bamburgh
What a load of bullocks
Bamburgh Castle's impressive ramparts
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