- November 28th 2013
Our amazing journey around Wild Britain has brought us full circle to our Barbour roots in Northumberland; this week we took time to explore the glorious shores of Bamburgh.
Bamburgh lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty located on the North East coast between South Shields and Berwick upon Tweed. It is famous for its ancient castle which is the largest inhabited castle in the country and has been standing since the 7th Century when the Northumbrian kings ruled. The oldest feature of the castle is a deep well which is thought to date back to the 8th century.
The castle sits on top of an outcrop of rock which rises 150ft above the bay. The sandy beaches, rocky shores and large sand dunes all make up the landscape around Bamburgh, providing stunning views across to the Farne Islands (a collection of small islands that are dedicated nature reserves attracting many nesting sea birds including Puffins).
The area of Bamburgh is perfect for an invigorating walk along the beautiful beach, as well as providing history lovers the perfect location to visit. For more information on the castle visit bamburghcastle.com.
Interesting facts about Bamburgh
- Some of the armour on display in the castle was loaned by The Tower of London in 1976.
- The Pink Lady is one of Bamburgh castle’s most infamous ghosts, a beautiful Northumberland princess.
- The Castle hosts the legend of the theft of Oswald’s head, where a Saint is sent to the castle to retrieve the head of the king!
- Bamburgh is one of the most important Anglo Saxon archaeological sites in the World.