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Your Guide to Exploring Bamburgh | Joanne Wishart

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Your Guide to Exploring Bamburgh


Part of me is hesitant about writing this blog post, which is about one of my favourite spots on the Northumberland coastline. I’m almost inclined to keep it to myself as it's the idyllic peacefulness of Bamburgh that makes it so special. Don’t get me wrong, Bamburgh is a popular tourist destination for many, especially during 2021 as many families opt for staycations rather than travelling abroad. However, despite higher tourist numbers than other Northumberland spots, it’s still a relatively unknown treasure for people outside the region.

Bamburgh Castle with Yellow fields of oil seeed rape in the landscape. This is the view over the golf course from the North side. Colourul yellow gourse flowers pepper the foreground.

When we talk about Bamburgh, of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the incredible castle that overlooks the golden beach. Sitting atop a steep hill, Bamburgh Castle can be seen from anywhere on the beach. With foundations dating back to the Viking period and rich Medieval history, the castle underwent periods of restoration in the 18th and 19th centuries to become the grand sight we know it as today. 


But the castle isn’t the only fantastic thing about Bamburgh and the surrounding areas, within a short drive (or a long walk if you’re up for it!) you’ll find some more of my favourite spots, including Seahouses and Budle Bay. 

A view of Bamburgh Castle from a rocky shoreline with bright green seaweed on the shoreline.


Walks in Bamburgh and along the North East coast


If you’re like me and you enjoy getting your walking boots on and embarking on an adventure on foot, then you’re really spoilt for choice in and around Bamburgh. Other than the aforementioned hike from Budle Bay to Bamburgh, or the other way around, there are plenty of fantastic family-friendly walks in the area.

Artist Joanne Wishart stands infront of a view of Bamburgh Beach looking North towards Budle Bay.

 

Bamburgh is a dog-friendly beach all year round, so I highly recommend parking at the castle and walking along the sands to the ruins overlooking the beach about 3 miles round trip. If you fancy something a little longer, you could head all the way to Seahouses and refuel with a portion of the famous fish and chips from Lewis’s. Be aware, Bamburgh to Seahouses is a 7-mile round trip, so pack water (or a flask if it’s chilly) and take it easy.


If you fancy a little retail therapy while you’re in Seahouses, then you can find some of my prints and gifts for sale in Drift on Main Street. 


Wildlife in and around Bamburgh

 

Budle bay in Northumberland shows vast expanses of sand and wetlands of a tidal inlet. Clouds impose on the bold blue skyline.

Surrounding Bamburgh, you’ll find some lesser trodden paths, perfect for bird watching and wildlife spotting. Just over two miles north of Bamburgh, you’ll find Budle Bay. Part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, this area is home to a wide variety of waders and waterfowl, including Grey Plover, Purple Sandpiper and a few different species of geese. 


In search of the perfect gift for a bird watcher in your life? Check out my flock of birds card collections


If you’re looking for a full-day trip, then why not visit the Farne Islands? With boat trips from Seahouses several times a day, a visit to the Farnes is easy and a great way to entertain all of your family or educate yourself on the beautiful natural wildlife in the region. Particularly exciting are the puffins and seals you’ll see plenty of on the trip. 

Longstone Lighthouse with it's distinctive red and white stripes is perched on the rocky Farne islands with a deep blue sea in the foreground.


Bamburgh art prints


Unless you’re one of the lucky few who live on the Northumberland coastline, then a souvenir is a great way to remember your special holiday. Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to Seahouses to purchase one of my Northumberland art prints, you can always shop online or even visit me in my Cullercoats gallery.  I stock a wide range of prints and original paintings, many of which depict Bamburgh, Budle Bay, puffins and other iconic features of the award-winning coastline. 


 

Bamburgh is one of my absolute places to paint. I recently finished a large 100cm square box canvas acrylic painting inspired by the view from the top of the golf course, so you can bring a slice of Northumberland’s award-winning coastline back home. 

A painting of Bamburgh Castle on and Easel in Joanne Wishart's art studio.

 

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