Look at this breath-taking image, and you can almost hear the wind whipping about your ears and taste the salt tang on the breeze. A dramatic stretch of the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh is a natural wilderness with an exciting history.
Wide sand dunes surround the Whin Sill outcrop, a volcanic dolerite mound on which the fortress was first built in 547 AD. Looking out to the Farne Islands, the well-preserved stronghold has a keep, towers, gates and plenty of Anglo-Saxon archaeological finds – and there are many more still waiting to be dug up.
The dunes behind the Blue Flag award-winning beach are a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with over 500 species of wildlife enjoying a coastal residence here. Stroll along (do take a coat), and the golden sands, rolling clouds and crashing waves really hammer home why it is we love the British seaside.
HOW TO GET THERE
Bamburgh is 42 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne, about six miles east from the A1.
FIND OUT MORE
Choose a subscription offer to suit you and benefit from generous savings on the shop price, free UK delivery and discounts off special editions and back issues.