I had such a great time exploring Ireland, and now it is time to go to the neighbouring island. Suzanne shares her top 10 of Northumberland and Yorkshire in England.
I visited Suzanne in 2014, so pictures  not marked otherwise are either mine or Suzanne`s

We start with Northumberland.

1. Druridge Bay

Bamburgh is a beautiful coastal town in the heart of Northumberland. Thousands of people visit Bamburgh every year for its famous castle, coastlines & walking trails.

Bamburgh Castle stands on a massive, 180-foot high basalt crag, giving all-round views of the coast and surrounding countryside. The Castle is open for visitors all year round (adult £11.25, child £5.50).

Bamburgh was the historic capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Believed to have been occupied for over 10,000 years the castle has evolved from a wooden palisade to the formidable fortress it is today. It was the first castle in England to fall to canon fire as the Wars of Roses drew to a close.

It was also one of the world's first 'coastguard' stations and the site for the development and testing of the World's first 'lifeboat'. It housed a school, hospital and was the centre of its own mini 'welfare state'.


This information is from the official website of the Castle: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/bamburgh-castle/

Bamburgh also has miles of white sandy beaches. For more information on what Bamburgh has to offer: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/places-to-visit/



Bamburgh is a beautiful coastal town in the heart of Northumberland. Thousands of people visit Bamburgh every year for its famous castle, coastlines & walking trails.

Bamburgh Castle stands on a massive, 180-foot high basalt crag, giving all-round views of the coast and surrounding countryside. The Castle is open for visitors all year round (adult £11.25, child £5.50).

Bamburgh was the historic capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Believed to have been occupied for over 10,000 years the castle has evolved from a wooden palisade to the formidable fortress it is today. It was the first castle in England to fall to canon fire as the Wars of Roses drew to a close.

It was also one of the world's first 'coastguard' stations and the site for the development and testing of the World's first 'lifeboat'. It housed a school, hospital and was the centre of its own mini 'welfare state'.


This information is from the official website of the Castle: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/bamburgh-castle/

Bamburgh also has miles of white sandy beaches. For more information on what Bamburgh has to offer: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/places-to-visit/



Bamburgh is a beautiful coastal town in the heart of Northumberland. Thousands of people visit Bamburgh every year for its famous castle, coastlines & walking trails.

Bamburgh Castle stands on a massive, 180-foot high basalt crag, giving all-round views of the coast and surrounding countryside. The Castle is open for visitors all year round (adult £11.25, child £5.50).

Bamburgh was the historic capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Believed to have been occupied for over 10,000 years the castle has evolved from a wooden palisade to the formidable fortress it is today. It was the first castle in England to fall to canon fire as the Wars of Roses drew to a close.

It was also one of the world's first 'coastguard' stations and the site for the development and testing of the World's first 'lifeboat'. It housed a school, hospital and was the centre of its own mini 'welfare state'.


This information is from the official website of the Castle: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/bamburgh-castle/

Bamburgh also has miles of white sandy beaches. For more information on what Bamburgh has to offer: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/places-to-visit/



Bamburgh is a beautiful coastal town in the heart of Northumberland. Thousands of people visit Bamburgh every year for its famous castle, coastlines & walking trails.

Bamburgh Castle stands on a massive, 180-foot high basalt crag, giving all-round views of the coast and surrounding countryside. The Castle is open for visitors all year round (adult £11.25, child £5.50).

Bamburgh was the historic capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Believed to have been occupied for over 10,000 years the castle has evolved from a wooden palisade to the formidable fortress it is today. It was the first castle in England to fall to canon fire as the Wars of Roses drew to a close.

It was also one of the world's first 'coastguard' stations and the site for the development and testing of the World's first 'lifeboat'. It housed a school, hospital and was the centre of its own mini 'welfare state'.


This information is from the official website of the Castle: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/bamburgh-castle/

Bamburgh also has miles of white sandy beaches. For more information on what Bamburgh has to offer: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/places-to-visit/



A glorious seven mile (11,26 km) stretch of beach running from Amble in the north, with its bustling harbour and shops, south to Cresswell, where the Northumberland Coast Path (100 km) begins.

There are sand dunes and pools to explore and the 100-acre Ladyburn Lake fringed by woodland and meadows. It is a popular place to ride, cycle, walk, paddle and surf.

The beach has a fascinating past, as in the 19th century coal was mined nearby and during World War II Druridge Bay was thought of as a possible landing place for a German invasion. You can still see the anti-tank blocks and pill boxes that were constructed to defend the shores.

More information: https://www.visitnorthumberland.com/coast/druridge-bay

https://www.visitnorthumberland.com/great-outdoors/druridge-bay-country-park

2. Amble

Amble is a fishing town and seaport at the mouth of the River Coquet on the North Sea coast of Northumberland. Amble was built on a point of land that sticks out from the main run of the coast, so offers excellent views of the coastline and the Coquet Island nearby.

Puffin,  https://www.capeandislands.org/post/january-birding-sparkles-dovekies-puffins-and-unusual-ducks#stream/0

The Town is a popular place for holidays with it's pleasant harbour, marina, proximity to beautiful beaches and many facilities. Watersports, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are all extremely popular.

Coquet Island offers a home to more than 35,000 nesting birds in summer including terns and puffins. The island is also known for its seal colony (up to 600 in early summer). The boat trip to the island is relatively quick and the sea is usually calm in this stretch.

More information: http://www.yournorthumberland.co.uk/area-guides/amble

3. Bamburgh

Bamburgh is a beautiful coastal town in the heart of Northumberland. Thousands of people visit Bamburgh every year for its famous castle, coastlines & walking trails.

Bamburgh Castle stands on a massive, 180-foot high basalt crag, giving all-round views of the coast and surrounding countryside. The Castle is open for visitors all year round (adult £11.25, child £5.50).

Bamburgh was the historic capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Believed to have been occupied for over 10,000 years the castle has evolved from a wooden palisade to the formidable fortress it is today. It was the first castle in England to fall to canon fire as the Wars of Roses drew to a close.

It was also one of the world's first 'coastguard' stations and the site for the development and testing of the World's first 'lifeboat'. It housed a school, hospital and was the centre of its own mini 'welfare state'.

This information is from the official website of the Castle: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/bamburgh-castle/

Bamburgh also has miles of white sandy beaches. For more information on what Bamburgh has to offer: http://www.bamburgh.org.uk/visiting-bamburgh/places-to-visit/