The iconic remains of Dunstanburgh Castle, built on a remote headland of the Northumberland coast, are the feature of today’s photo. This medieval castle was besieged twice during the War of the Roses, and anyone who watched the BBC’s recent production of ‘The White Queen’ will be fully aware of the value of the northern forces to the Yorkist cause.
While staying up north recently Mapsareus made a visit to Lindisfarne or Holy Island, just off the Northumberland coast. This tiny island which can only be reached by crossing the tidal causeway, has many attractions for those who like the quieter life. Mapsareus particularly enjoyed the bird watching and he took this photo of a Puffin with a mouth full of sand eels. The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is the winter home for many wildfowl and wading birds, making it a haven for the bird watchers among you. The island is also a home for seals and a wide variety of wildflowers.
However if it is history and culture that interest you, then there is the remains of Lindisfarne Priory to visit, an important Christian site, where the beautifully illustrated Lindisfarne Gospels were produced, the island was also invaded by Vikings and includes the Tudor castle, now owned by the National Trust.
- The Holy Island of Lindisfarne (icouldsee.wordpress.com)
Mapareus is currently on holiday in the north of England and has today sent me these photos of the beautiful globes in Bamburgh Castle. It is difficult to get a true perspective of the actual size of these globes in the magnificent setting of the restored King’s Hall, although I am told that they are bigger than the majority of modern globes currently available. Globes offer a treasure trove of information, not just of the geography of the world, but the political and cultural history of the period. Bamburgh Castle itself is well worth a visit and although it has been restored and rebuilt in places the history of this area is still visible at this strategic site. In addition these rooms create a stunning setting for weddings at the castle!
I can see me having to add this area to my growing list of places to visit!
Has any one had any experience of walking/cycling St Oswald’s Way in Northumberland? To be more specific can you cycle from Holy Island south on St Oswald’s Way to Bamburgh? Harveys have produced a new waterproof map to St Oswald’s Way, but it does not look as though you can cycle much of it. Would like some first hand experience from someone, please?