Northumberland is a spectacular area to photograph. It’s packed full of history and it’s coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This relatively small area in the North East of England has more castles than any other county in England and some amazing scenery.
Lindisfarne Castle is on Holy Island, which is accessible by a causeway from the mainland at low tide. If you’re planning to visit the area, make sure you check the tide times and leave or arrive on the Island in plenty of time to avoid getting stranded. Watching the incoming tide cover the road – which it does surprisingly quickly – is quite a tourist attraction.
Lindisfarne Castle is perched on a distinctive rocky outcrop right on the coast, and looks great from the beach when it’s bathed in warm afternoon light.
If you take a walk around this peaceful landscape and head over towards Lindisfarne Priory, you’ll come across an area of upturned fishing boats that the local fishermen use as storage huts.
Back on the mainland and a bit further down the coast is the village of Bamburgh. It’s a small village with an absolutely massive castle. Bamburgh Castle is positioned high above the coastline, so not only can you get some great views of it from the nearby beach, but you can’t fail to see the very dominant and impressive castle for miles around.
It’s worth visiting Bamburgh beach in the daytime to enjoy the beautiful expanse of golden sand. It gets incredibly busy in the summer but when the tide is out, the beach is vast. Taking a stroll along the beach past such an imposing castle is pretty surreal. The castles of Northumberland command attention, but as the evening draws in and the tourists leave, it’s worth looking away from the castles and out to sea.
Not only are there are some amazing beaches in Northumberland but the rocky coastline is also very photogenic.
Dunstanburgh Castle was once one of the largest and grandest fortifications in Northern England. It’s well worth exploring some of the varied coastline, which is dominated by views of the castle ruins. There’s a lovely sandy beach at Embleton, which can reflect some beautiful light and if you’re lucky there may be some rock pools left in the sand by the tide. From this viewpoint, Dunstanburgh Castle appears quite small and as though there is not much to it except a couple of towers.
It’s not until you see the castle ruins from another viewpoint, that you realise how impressive they actually are. I recommend that you take a walk towards Dunstanburgh Castle from the village of Craster, which lies to the South. From here you can explore the more rugged rocky coastline, which gives you a totally different view of the castle.
After a busy day exploring and absorbing the heritage of Northumberland, what better way to spend the evening than relaxing in one of the many great pubs with a pint of ale.
About the author:
Cath Evans is a professional landscape and coastal photographer from the UK. She travels nationally and internationally capturing images for her own pleasure and others to enjoy which she shares on her website www.cathevans.com
Cath runs holidays for photographers for www.tripodsatdawn.com where she enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of photography. You can also find her on twitter @cathevansphoto