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A day out in Craster

We’ve had the week off this week for reading week (or half term, if you teach in a school!) and it has been lovely to have a few days at home. Last week was completely manic with the busiest week of the year in the day job, combined with playing in a show every night, but we survived and have been able to get some rest this week. Phew! πŸ™‚ A lot of sorting out has been done (see my post on decluttering – it has begun!) and I finished my dress for the Simplicity Blogger Challenge too. We also had a day out in Craster in Northumberland – it’s a beautiful seaside village with a few quaint shops, a lovely little harbour and a great restaurant. Perfect for a day trip!Β 

 

We got the bus from Newcastle along the coastal route – the timetables are a bit odd with buses switching in Alnwick, but if you plan ahead then you can work out which ones you need to get. We stopped over in Alnwick for a couple of hours and had a trip to Barter Books (click here to read my post about that from a while back) where I bought some lovely Observer books – a new collection has begun! The bus only takes half an hour from Alnwick to Craster so we were there in time for lunch. And what a lunch we had at The Jolly Fisherman! We both had the smoked haddock fishcakes and they were amazing (Tom said I was uncouth for taking a photo of my lunch – see below!). After that we wandered around the harbour and along the coastal path to Dunstanburgh Castle. We didn’t go in as there wasn’t really time, but it’s a great castle. It was lovely to wander along the cliffs, and I spotted some wild primroses – a great opportunity for a photo with my new wild flowers book!

 

 

Other things to look out for include the traditional fish smokers (which smells amazing – you can’t fail to miss it really) and the gorgeous cottage gardens in the harbour. If you’re in the area and you fancy a day out, then I’d highly recommend going to Craster!

 

4 Comments

  • Andrea Kay

    29.05.2015 at 08:46 Reply

    The art gallery at Craster is great to. It’s genuinely a lovely place to visit, we have cycled through a few times, though I wouldn’t recommend cycling through the dunes!

    • Clare

      31.05.2015 at 18:51 Reply

      It was lovely, Andrea – and I missed it off my list so thank you for reminding me! πŸ™‚ I bet it is lovely to cycle around there. We don’t have bikes at the moment (on account of not having anywhere to store them securely) but it’s making me want to get one! X

  • Jennie Bisset

    29.05.2015 at 10:26 Reply

    Your photos are really super, we’ve just come back from a wonderful three week trip through Spain, with no photos as the camera went missing two days before we left. David was and still is, devastated. Your day out at Crater looks fabulous!

    • Clare

      31.05.2015 at 18:50 Reply

      Oh no – so sorry to hear about your camera, Jennie! I’m not surprised that David is gutted about it. Was it stolen? Tom had his phone stolen last week (after leaving it in a taxi) so he’s had a right faff trying to sort that out. Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time in Spain though! It definitely wasn’t as warm in Craster, but it was lovely! πŸ™‚ xxx

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