" Beadnell - 1 - First evening and a beach walk "


Date & Time: Monday 21st September 2015.

Locations :  The north east coast of England ... Northumberland.  ( NU 237 286)

Places visited : Beadnell Harbour and beach and the Joiners at Low Newton

Accommodation : The Beach Court B&B, Beadnell, Northumberland, Uk.

Distance : A local walk to stretch our legs.

With : Ann and myself and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather : Clearing to beautiful sunshine.


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A return visit to the lovely seaside village of Beadnell

and to the delightful, dog friendly Beach Court B&B with Russ and Carol.

The forecast is for a fine, high pressure weather system, blue skies and sunshine !

Just so you know where we are . . .

We had left Cumbria in perfect sunshine after a wet and windy morning.  On our drive east across the country we re-entered the rain.

By the time we reached Beadnell the rain had stopped but it was still cool and overcast . . . . but we knew that would change.

By the time we settled into our accommodation the Northumbrian sun was out and the cloud were scurrying east, out over the North Sea.

Our room is the large window overlooking the beach and includes the adjacent tower windows,

including the top floor of the round tower if you prefer a higher view.

Beadnell is famous for its harbour and the lime kilns

In days of old they quarried and burnt coal and limestone to make agricultural lime for spreading on the soil to aid fertility.

The harbour in the 1800's exported both coal and limestone all over the country.

Later there was a flourishing herring trade and the houses set back in a line were part of the herring yard.

Beadnell must be the only small harbour on the east coast that has a harbour entrance that actually faces west.

It still has a small but active little fishing fleet.
Some of the classic east coast fishing cobbles.
More modern pleasure craft line up on the moorings in the bay.
A fine serpent chair with our B&B in the background.

Repairs to preserve the kilns have been completed since our last visit.

The kilns date to the 1800's and are now in the care of the National Trust.

They are no longer in use but do make good covered storage for the lobster fishermen.

The baskets are lobster pots used by the local boats.
A commemorative stone by the harbour wall.

Close up of those baskets . . . before you move on can you count how many sparrows there are . . .

I counted eight or nine in this photo at least but there was a flock of twenty or thirty that flew away each time you approached.

Ann and I can now relax and settle in for five nights in The Beach Court.

On cue the cloud rolls away to reveal the nice end to the day that was predicted.

The visibility today was really clear and we could see all the way down the coast to Dunstanburgh Castle in the far distance.

There are one or two outcrops of rock on the beach, but it doesn't spoil the sailing.

More of a problem for the wind surfers when they are out as they operate closer inshore.

However they do form a nice foreground and somewhere for the dogs to have a good sniff.

Talking of dogs . . . this area is totally dog-friendly, both in our accommodation and on the local beaches.

In case you are worried, these piles of sand have nothing to do with dogs . . .

they are worm casts from a thriving community of lugworms in the sand of the bay.

Time on our first evening to stroll out along the sands of Beadnell Bay.

There were quite a few 'friends' on the beach for Harry and Dylan to play with too.

That saves us having to exercise them . . . they can run around together as much as they like.

Time to think about returning back along the beach.

The tide has risen slightly since we set off  from the harbour at the start of our walk.

Several of the boats are now afloat . . .
. . . but others are still waiting for the tide.

I took this photo just to record the name of the boat . . . but it turned out to be too nice to be excluded . . . I hope you agree.

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Walking on past the boat

and looking back into the sun,

the colours totally change.



The Curlew is now silhouetted

against that almost clear blue sky.



The forecast is for several days of lovely weather ahead

thanks to a large area of high pressure

sat right over the middle of the country.

Lets hope that forecast comes true.


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Calm waters are what harbours are all about.

Tonight they don't get much calmer . . . and the reflections are consequently superb.

Back in Beach Court it is time to think about going out for supper.

. . . but we'll just wait to enjoy the sunset.

Suddenly the sun finds a gap in the distant cloud and the colours explodes across the beach.

All too soon the sun has set behind the distant horizon.

Still time for the last folk to walk back along the beach before it starts to gets too dark.

Like us, another cameraman was out to record the close of this lovely day.

He chose a beach location for his tripod . . . we chose Rapunzel's Tower . . . it was a lot warmer.

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One quick 'mobile phone photo' of the inside of The Joiners Arms at High Newton by the sea.

We have been very pleased with the food we have eaten here in the past so we re-visited it again tonight.

Here the management and staff are discussing the layout and appearance of the 'Fish Platter' . . . a new addition to the menu.

It looked great  . . . we'll have two of those please . . . that will do nicely !


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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220 or my Canon 1100D Digital SLR Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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