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Today we headed south from Seahouses to explore the coastline further. Craster was our first port of call. From this small little village we took the coastal path along the rocky coast to walk to Dunstanburgh Castle an ionic symbol of Northumberland.

The mile and half walk along the coast to the castle was stunning. Dunstanburgh Castle sits on a headland and in its day was the largest castle in Northumberland. The castle was begun in 1313 by Earl Thomas of Lancaster a powerful baron who was at the time in dispute with his cousin King Edward II. From archaeological research the castle was on a very grand scale. However Lancaster was executed in 1322. The castle passed eventually to John of Gaunt, who strengthened it against the Scots by converting the great twin towered gatehouse into a keep. During the War of the Roses it was twice besieged and captured by Yorkist forces.

We explored the ruins of the castle. Its size was certainly larger than any we had seen before. The castle’s position on the headland gave panoramic views of the coastline which were well worth the walk to the castle. Daisy certainly enjoyed the views.

After lunch and walking back to Craster we headed further down the coast to Alnmouth to explore this pretty village by the sea. Time had caught up with us once again so we headed back to Seahouses.

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