Today we achieved our highest average riding speed so far. This is becoming important because of the increasing density of interesting things to see along the Coast & Castles route. In one day we have pedalled past three castles, some old manor houses and a Pele tower.
Only a few miles out of Amble, we stopped for a look in Warkworth Castle. There has been a fortress on the site since Norman times, and the reasonably well preserved keep was built in the 14th century. It is a well designed building, with multiple stairways down to the storage basement.
We rode along lovely country roads through the coastal fields. For a while we were on a public path through a farm, and got good views of the Dunstanburgh Castle ruins.
At Boulmer we ride past an RAF airfield, which explained the military jets that have flown over us a couple of times in the last few days. I haven’t been able to recognise the planes, but they could be the new Eurofighter.
Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest and most famous in Northumberland. It was the seat of the King of Northumbria at one stage, and it has the dubious honour of being the first English castle to fall under cannon fire. That attack was by lord Richard Neville of Warwick.
Much of the current castle was rebuilt in the 19th century, and it is an imposing fortified mansion. We had great views of it on the coastal skyline as we rode the last few miles down to Bamburgh.
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