Villages in Time

Walking through history in Northumberland Villages

Bamburgh Beadnell and Seahouses

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The Village of Beadnell is today a hidden treasure, filled with holiday homes with a core of people who live there all year round. Under this gentle and tranquil mask though, there is a history which is both fascinating and highly complex.

From the ancient pre-historic burials which have been found in two separate places in and around the village, to the various places where fishing has been based, Beadnell hides its past beneath a veneer of beauty and peace.

We begin our walk around the coastal part of Beadnelll at the main car park, itself a significant feature in the historical life of the village, as one of the two major herring yards. We move across the beach, looking at the magnificent ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle across the bay, considering the role that the sands have played in the success - and the failure - of the village through time.

On to the lime kilns, the ‘new’ harbour, and the very ancient chapel, believed to be linked to St Ebba, and which recently had a national exposure via the TV programme Time Team.

Our journey continues through mining, fishing, lime, and farming, to return to the car park, filled with wonder that such a placid place could have such a powerful history.

Please note that crossing a sandy beach and walking up a rough path may make this walk unsuitable for people with disabilities, buggies, or disability scooters.