We've just come back from a short trip to Northumbria with a fellowship group from Sheffield Anglican Cathedral and our base was the little village of Alnmouth from where we were able to visit places along the coast associated with the 7th century men and women who introduced Christianity to the area and, in particular, St. Aidan and St. Cuthbert. We stayed in an Anglican Franciscan Friary high up on the cliffs where there were wonderful views of the sea. Thankfully the weather was good and we had every opportunity to take walks along the cliff path from the house to the beach or just enjoy the garden and the views.
Alnmouth at different times of the day.
Alnmouth is situated on a narrow spit of land between the River Aln and the North Sea. It was originally a port for the county town of Alnwick. In the 18th and 19th century it exported large quantities of grain which was stored in tall granaries now converted into houses.
My mother's paternal family came from just south of Alnmouth and earlier generations came from further north near the Scottish border.
The estuary is still an interesting area and we took several walks there in the late evening and early morning. More about that next time.