Saturday, 22 July 2017

Northumberland 14-21 July 2017

A week in Northumberland by motor caravan...... generally v good weather, lots of wildlife, cycling and relaxation. The highlights were many - the beautiful wild coast, dunes islands and castles, pennines, Scottish border, and uncrowded roads. superb views especially around Lindisfarne/Holy Island, Seahouses, Crater and Alnmouth, the Farnes, and Amble / Coquet Island. Plentiful coastal wildlife..... thousands of pairs of Puffins finishing their breeding season on the Farnes affording close views with beakfuls of fish, with a supporting cast of Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Arctic and Sandwich terns and Grey Seals - and of course the rare Roseate Terns at their only regular breeding site in England, Coquet Island, over 100 pairs this year and great views from the boat trip. This stretch of coast in my opinion is the UK version of the Galapagos and is an outstanding wildlife experience, giving wonderful photographic opportunities. And it does not disappoint. Historically it is also fascinating, with the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed having changed hands between England and Scotland multiple times over the centuries, accounting for the impressive city walls. A very enjoyable few days, with fresh air and wildlife in abundance.

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