Pictures of England
England's Most Romantic Ruin

This turned out to be one of those perfect Northumberland days, with clear light, warm sunshine and a sky the colour of which you usually only see much further south.

We'd spent the morning exploring Warkworth Castle, one of my favourite English castles.

The weather was overcast and grey, with the odd ray of sunshine through the clouds.

Which is fine for exploring a castle ruin. And it's ok for lunch at one of Alnmouth's many pubs.

The beach at Alnmouth sported a thin layer of mist that swirled no higher than your knees and you could literally wade through. It was one of the strangest sights I've ever seen and eerie enough to make you believe the stories of ghosts and smugglers.

Then suddenly the wind picked up a little, the mist disappeared and the sun came out.Within half an hour the sky was cloudless and the light amazing.

We drove up the coast to Craster and walked along the cliffs to Dunstanburgh Castle. And yes, the sky really was that colour!

Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster

Dunstanburgh Castle has its own page on this site.

But here, I'd just like to share my memories of a perfect afternoon.

  • exploring peaceful little Craster, where herring are landed and England's best kippers have been produced for generations

  • wandering from Craster towards Embleton along the cliff, soaking up the peace and the sun and revelling in that amazing light that makes Northumberland such as special place for holidays.

  • marvelling at the ruined castle out on its cliff edge and wondering about the people who sheltered there.

Not bad for mid September in north-east England, is it?

And if it's Northumberland you're after ....