Both Michelle and myself enjoy trundling off to Dent for the Dentdale Music and Beer Festival followed by a week’s holiday. This year was no different, seeing us head up to Beadnall Bay then down the coast to Runswick Bay. We have never been to Northumberland before, it was an ideal opportunity!
Gusbus thought different, he didn’t want to go & promptly decided to have a broken alternator. What he didn’t realise was that Major’s would replace it 🙂
There was a good collective from thelatebay at Dent, Matty & Jill, Mark & Nicola, Steve and his Wife Ang and GONA66 Graham with his family.
The selection of bands playing this year was superb, a mix to suit all tastes, not only that, they keep going from strength to strength. The festival just gets better, despite the rain Friday night, the sun came out and captured Dent in all its beauty!
As well as the music tent, The Sun Inn had a motley selection of musicians playing all weekend, lots of jamming sessions going on with us bumping into a few local friends, Steve & Phil and Sarah & Terry who do the rounds in Kirkby!
Dent and its surrounding beauty!
Moving on, our next stop was The Camping and Caravan Club site at Beadnell Bay, set across the road from miles of beaches and the north sea. Beadnell Bay itself is quite sleepy with a small harbour, splendid views out to sea and a couple of pubs, serving nice food with a good selection of beers and wines.
The beach across from the campsite was stunning
and the harbour was very small!
Around the corner from Beadnell is the small fishing town of Seahouses and further up the coast, Bamburgh Castle supposed one time home of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, although very little was said about that! Seahouses was a nice place with a pleasant walk up the beach from Beadnell, we did see most of everything within a few hours. Nontheless, still a very nice place and glad we visited!
We took the chance to visit Bamburgh Castle, again we felt it was a great day out and well worth the £10.85 entry fee – the guides where great and always relishing the moment to talk about the castle’s history, the views out to Lindesfarne and the Farne Islands spectacular. I’d recommend visiting!
And out to sea!
The town of Bamburgh lies behind the castle and celebrates a local heroine, Grace Darling who lived on Longstone Lighthouse, one of the Farne Islands guardians, along with her father, they fought a violent storm to rescue survivors of a shipwreck. Who says footballers are heroes..she was a true hero! She lies in the churchyard.
The town has a beautiful beach, surrounded by dunes, clean sands and fresh air!
And back south to a cloudy/foggy Runswick Bay for a few days to give us chance to head into Whitby and enjoy what the town has to offer!
Luckily the fog subsided, the sun came out and we enjoyed the remaining days of our holiday. We caught the bus into Sandsend Bay and took the coastall footpath into the town, which was a good couple of miles along the seafront, thoroughly enjoyable!
And what a great opportunity to enjoy fish and chips at The Abbey Wharfe overlooking the harbour finishing up with some live music in The Pier, superb!
One happy holiday!