2 Oct 2013

A trip to Northumbria (1)


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. 

24 comments:

  1. I love reading about all your travels! I love Northumberland. I do enjoy taking holidays in the UK and hope to get a camper van next spring so we can explore even more easily. I enjoyed the Farne Islands last year and on our way back intended to stop at Alnwick but just ran out of time. Alnmouth looks like a lovely place to stay.

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    1. I subscribe to the Farne Islands blog recording the wonderful wild life by the nature reserve rangers there and I would like to visit some day when the sea is calm. Alnmouth is a quiet, unspoilt coastal village and also has a well known golf course by the sea. Alnwick is an interesting historical town and has my favourite bookshop, Barter Books, housed in a former Victorian railway station! A camper van would be a good way of travelling around the UK so I hope you manage to get one next Spring.

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  2. It looks lovely. I've only been to Northumberland once and that was over thirty years ago with school. I'd like to go again, there seems to be some wonderful places there.

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    1. Now we live in the north east I'm sure we shall be returning to a county dear to my heart, Jo, and hopefully exploring beautiful Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Cumbria of course!

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  3. Lovely, I went and stayed at Alnwick at few years ago and loved it up there. Fabulous photos! x

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    1. The castles of Northumbria are fascinating and one day we may return to visit them, including Alnwick, which is a good base from which to explore the area.

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  4. my heart went pitty pat when I got to the second shot of the tree on the cliff path, and the gate made it speed up with joy. i love those two photos and the views are just spectacular and the architecture is awesome...

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    1. Sitting up on that wooded hill in the garden early in the morning looking at the view of the bay and then going through that gate onto the cliff path was very special.

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  5. Looks as though you had a very relaxing time Linda, I especially like the pictures of the sea!

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    1. It's a treat to be by the sea especially during a long weekend of good weather, Amy.

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  6. Sadly my only experience of Northumberland has been driving through it on the way home from Scotland. But I saw enough to make me determined to go back. The views down to the sea and the beaches look spectacular.

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    1. We were so near the lowlands of Scotland my husband always says 'so near yet so far'. It's another beautiful country to return to in the future especially knowing a branch of my family came from the Scottish borders.

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  7. We lived in Northumberland for 5 years - lovely to get a glimpse of it again through your photos. It was a wonderful county in which to raise our boys - hills to run in, valleys to hide and the beautiful coast and castles to explore.
    I love the photo of the garden with the dahlias and the long shadows with some sunshine peeking through.

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    1. The early morning wander in the lower garden was a good way to start the day. I saw a big bird with long legs and mottled feathers scuttle across the lawn from the bushes. It might have been a water bird which had lost its way as we were so near the estuary.

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  8. Sounds lovely Linda and your pictures are very pretty. We've never been to that area at all but one day perhaps.
    Patricia x

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    1. There's so much to enjoy in that part of Northumberland and I hope you get there some day, Patricia.

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  9. You do get to visit some wonderful places. I really enjoyed these open sea views and that beautiful little garden. BTW ....I am a Cuthbertson, a name you don't often hear, apparently it stems from Cuthbert's son.xxxx

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  10. Looks like you had a fabulous trip. Alnmouth looks like a beautiful place. And I'll bet it was nice for you to be in/near an area where your mother used to live.

    We were gone at the same time (as you know). I even did some Genealogy study at Williamsburg and Yorktown --where I had relatives... Great trip!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. It's always enjoyable to be somewhere that has a special meaning for you isn't it? I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip, Betsy.

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  11. These are fantastic views. The sky and the water are so blue.

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    1. We were thankful for the good weather especially as the days now seem to be damp and misty here in our part of the UK.

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  12. Oh goodness! What a treat for the eyes, and I can only imagine how wonderful for the ears, nose, mouth, and hands too. Daughter and I wanted to go to to Northumbria, but there was not enough time when we went. Maybe someday.

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  13. I really enjoyed this, Linda, as I know Alnmouth and the friary, though it's a long time since I was there. Didn't you have glorious weather to visist that glorious scenery!

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