From Farm to Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle, Embleton Bay, Northumberland

Dunstanburgh Castle, Embleton Bay, Northumberland

We visit family on their farm and walk the shore of Embleton Bay towards Dunstanburgh Castle on a beautiful Northumberland day during our UK June 2013 vacation.

Penny and David with son Alex

Penny and David with son Alex

dagdvm’s niece Penny lives north of Alnwick with her husband David and their son Alex on their farm, which has been in David’s family for three generations.

sheep's meadowJune 15th was a beautiful Northumberland day in the midst of sheep-shearing time.  Since David and Penny own over 400 head of sheep this is no small task, even with a lot of help from other local farmers.  David was nice enough to take a mid-morning break and show us the lay of the land.

farm hare

farm gateDunstanburgh Castle 17After our nice morning with Penny, David and Alex we drove west to Embleton Bay and Dunstanburgh Castle, a 14th century castle and Scheduled Ancient Monument owned by the National Trust.  It’s situated on a beautiful headland  between Embleton to the north and Craster to the south.

Dunstanburgh Castle 01A northern approach reveals the ruins of the castle and the boulders strewn along this portion of Embleton Bay.

Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club’s course runs along Embleton Bay from the clubhouse to the north down to the castle itself.

Embleton Bay NorthumberlandWe enjoyed walking the rocks…

13_castle_cliffbase

09_beach_sky…and sands…

Embleton Bay…of Embleton Bay, and the paths above the shoreline.

05_cloudburst_0307_dunestairAlong the way we even managed to find a geocache at Embleton Bay, Dunstan Steads (GC488YP), before walking  to the golf course clubhouse for a nice lunch — great way to cap off yet another beautifully sunny vacation day in the UK.

Please see “Daddy, Why Is the Sun Shining in Manchester?” for an overview of our June 2013 UK geocaching days.

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