Embleton Village and Environs
Embleton Village

Embleton is a quiet, unspoilt village that’s changed little over the years. Attractive features include the whitewashed main street, a pretty church, and a fascinating vicarage that includes a fortified tower – a throwback to the days when the English/Scottish borders were rather more volatile than they are now!


The village shop sells basic foods and necessities, as does the shop at the garage, which has longer opening hours. (It’s also the only place to buy a Sunday paper!) There are two pubs: The Greys Inn and the Blue Bell Inn. Both are within 200 yards walk of the Seaview Cottage. The Greys Inn serves very good food. For more information about places to eat and drink, see the Local Attractions tab.


For children, Embleton has a well-equipped playground with many attractions,including a zip wire. Like everything else in the village, the playground is just a short walk from the cottage. Of course the biggest attraction for children (including generations of the Appleby family) is the glorious beach, with its miles of golden sand and wonderful rock pools.


For more information about Embleton, see Embleton - A Visitor's Guide.

 


 
Dunstanburgh Castle

From the garden at Seaview Cottage, your eyes are inexorably drawn to the distinctive silhouette of the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance, rising from its rocky outcrop. It's a haunting and evocative sight, one that inspired the artist Turner, who painted the castle on several occasions.


Recent evidence suggests that the site of the castle was occupied in prehistoric times: however, the principal remains date from the 14th century. In 1313, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, cousin of Edward II of England began construction of a massive fortress. By the time of his execution in 1322, the castle was substantially complete. John of Gaunt improved the castle in the late 14th century.


In the Wars of the Roses the castle was held for several years by the Lancastrians, who allowed it to fall into disrepair. The damage was not made good and the castle fell steadily into decay. Over the years stone from the castle was removed and used  for the building of other places in the area. The last private owner, Sir Arthur Sutherland, donated the castle to the Ministry of Works in 1929. The castle is now owned by the National Trust and in the care of English Heritage.


The "standard" route to the castle is via the small fishing village of Craster, famous for its delicious kippers (now available in branches of Waitrose!). However a more interesting walk is along the sand dunes from Embleton.

 
Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course

You can’t get to Dunstanburgh Castle, or to the beach, without crossing Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course. It has its own interesting history. The original course was laid out by the famous golf course designer, James Braid, although the course was partially redesigned, and lengthened, in the mid 1970s. Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club celebrated its Centenary in 2000.


It’s a classic links course, with some fearsome bunkers and spectacular sea views. Feature holes include the 4th, a challenging par 3 to a plateau green; the 6th , with its dramatic tee shot from the top of a hill; the 13th, a short par 3 with Dunstanburgh Castle as its backdrop; and the 18th, in my opinion the toughest hole on the course, a long par 4 with its second shot having to negotiate a burn directly in front of the green.


If you’re a golfer, do try to fit in a round while you’re at the cottage. Visitors are very welcome, and the Clubhouse serves excellent lunches as well as liquid refreshments.

 
Embleton Beach

beach1Embleton beach is a magical place, with something for everyone. Its miles of golden sand are perfect for the construction of sandcastles, but there are also small islands of rock on which you'll find glorious rock pools. Crab-catching has always been a favourite pastime for holidaying Applebys!

 

The sea is invariably cold (well, this is Northumberland!), but that doesn't stop children, and the occasional adult, from popping in for an invigorating dip. Or perhaps you prefer to stretch your legs and run along the sand instead - as hundreds do on the annual Northumberland Coastal Run in July. Or maybe just have a leisurely stroll with your dog.

 

If you walk along the beach away from Dunstanburgh Castle, you'll soon come to the charming fishing village of Low Newton on the Sea, with its characterful whitewashed cottages and The Ship Inn, well-known throughout Northumberland for its excellent food (bookings very strongly recommended).

 



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