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Road Tripping: Exploring British Coastal Wonders in a VW Camper

Northumberland | England

"Embracing the freedom of van life as we embark on an unforgettable adventure through the captivating beauty of Northumberland."

Points Of Interest:

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

55.6699° N, 1.7855° W

Bamburgh Castle & Beach

55.6068° N, 1.7142° W

Roughting Linn Waterfall

55.5467° N, 2.1037° W



Our Journey Begins...

As we embarked on our coastal road trip through Northumberland, we left behind the bustling city and headed towards the peaceful village of Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne.

This charming village is famous for its religious ties and unique causeway access, making it an absolute must-visit destination on our journey up north.

As we approached the causeway, we could see the tide slowly retreating, revealing the pathway to the island. We carefully made our way across, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline as we drove.

Once we arrived on the island, we were immediately struck by its tranquil beauty. The village is dotted with traditional cottages and boasts a stunning castle and priory ruins, providing a glimpse into the area's rich history.

We took a leisurely stroll around the village, visiting local shops and cafes, and admiring the views across the North Sea. As the sun began to set, we made our way back to our VW camper, ready to continue our journey along the Northumberland coastline, eager to discover more hidden gems and stunning vistas along the way.

With The Coast Comes Castles...

Our next stop was Bamburgh Beach (and castle). Following an explore of the slightly modest castle on Holy Island we wanted to find more...

As Nothumberland has no shortage of these, a short hop south to Bamburgh was in order to soak up the sun on the beach and take in the majesty of the imposing castle positioned right on the coast. 

Rightly touted as one of the best beaches in England, there's three great reasons to visit at least once in your lifetime:

1. The castle as mentioned, take a tour or just photos from the beach.

2. The dunes, with soft pale coloured sand, kick off your shoes, get it in-between your toes, run down the dunes, it's intoxicating!

3. When you're finally done here, follow the cost road south and in the next village of Seahouses get the most amazing fish and chips to round off the day. 

Waterfalls and Hills 

At the overnight stop whilst enjoying our freshly cooked pizza's, we’d been told about the Roughtin Linn waterfall near Wooler, at situated at the foot of the Cheviots hill. 

A short(ish) hike through the woods, with a stop to don the warmer Eddie Bauer layers, we found what seemed like something from a movie; huge trees, incredibly green yet this was Northumberland, it was hard to believe. There’s a specialness about this place, it’s something to do with all that water cascading over the edge. Where does it all come from? Will it everstop? And the best bit, we have the place all to ourselvess and so, back to the camper, packing the gear back into the kitbags and piling them into the boot.

Back to reality counting down the days to the next roadtrip...