On the way to this destination a fellow traveller asked where we going to which we replied ‘to Seahouses in Northumbria’. This answer was met with another question as to whether we were looking for something to live in or to buy to let! I don’t even think it our colonial accents from 36°S were to blame, rather maybe the peculiarities of the English language. Seahouses is a village on the Northumbria coast, south of Lindisfarne, the Holy Island and the ideal spot to stay to do some of the Northumbria Coastal Path walks or parts of the St Cuthbert’s or St Oswald’s Ways.
We stayed in a wonderful B and B called St Cuthbert’s House. From the outside it looks slightly austere having started life as a Presbyterian chapel over 200 years ago but has been stunningly restored by Jeff and Jill. Our host Jeff, was a mine of local information and helped us organise our walking itinerary. The breakfast menu is amazing and working through that set us up for some long days of walking. A great place to stay if you are in the area.
Summer harvesting is well underway and a number of our paths crossed fields where hay had or was being harvested. A complete contrast to the landscape we had recently left at 36°S where cold winds were blowing and snow could be seen on the hills not far away.
Enroute – we encountered lots of different coastal scenes:
Little coastal ports like Craster – famous for smoked seafood including kippers,
Some interesting rock formations,
Wide sandy beaches, lots of people (and dogs!) enjoying the sun and waves,
I liked this unusual sunroom, it seems to have a seat inside and I presume it can be moved to get the best aspect….lovely garden too,
The gardens at Howick Hall,
Northumbria has a deep theological history too, being an important centre for Celtic Christianity. This is the Church in Bamburgh which has associations with St Aidan. St Cuthbert and other saints are associated with Lindisfarne which is not far away. The nearby museum of Grace Darling gave a fascinating insight into the life of light house keepers as well as the bravery of Grace and her father in rescuing people from a foundered ship in a wild storm.
Walking in the UK requires agility and abilty to negotiate all manner of stiles and the length of one’s walking poles makes a big difference to comfort along the way!