One of the things about Northumberland, and Berwickshire on the other side of the border, are the number of castles. There's a good reason for this of course, in that both sides liked a day out to raid, fight and nick each other's cattle and women. Plus ca change!
One of my favourite ruins is Dunstanburgh castle; a short walk along from the sleepy fishing village of Craster. It dates from the 14th century (about 1313) and was built by the Earl of Lancaster. He was a rival to Edward II and it was probably meant as a safe refuge, if things went too badly wrong in the south. It was also, of course, a monument to his wealth and power. A wise move really, as he only visited it once before his capture after a battle and subsequent execution! It then passed into the hands of the crown (or at least the Royal family) for a couple of centuries at least.
Up close it is a proper ruined castle. The ruins were created during the wars of the Roses when the castle changed hands several times and from which it never recovered.
It's a couple of miles from the carpark along fields to the castle with the sea on your right, just a few metres away. A really nice, easy but windswept, walk.
The nearby village of Craster is now famous for its crab fishing and has very picturesque harbour. I particularly recommend the Jolly Fisherman for crab sandwiches.
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.