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Day 3 - Coasts and Castles

A longer day than previously at 106km but with only slightly more climbing than yesterday. The weather turned colder and wetter too but it has been a great day in the saddle.

After leaving Berwick we went along the top of the coastal cliffs along a rough path but the views were stunning - if short due to the sea fret (or haar as the Scots would have it).

Then we crossed the causeway onto Lindisfarne for our first castle of the day. For a small place it might be surprising to remember that the castle isn’t the real important building on Holy Island. It is of course the Priory established by St Auden and the birthplace of Christianity in England.

Once away from Lindisfarne and the rain we went inland and climbed and then dropped to my favourite castle at Bamburgh. A real monument to grandeur and defence and also the backdrop to the epic film El Cid. The beach at Bamburgh is also stunning.

Then on to bag the third Castle of the day to maintain our average of 3 per day. Dunstanburgh is a wreck but sits on impressive crags also above another superb wide expanse of beach.

Ahah but today we have a fourth castle as we ended passes the lovely town of Warkworth and it’s impressive castle.

We are now staying in Amble before heading for more coast and castles tomorrow.

We have 2 more castles that if you had mechanised transport as opposed to limited legs you could have visited today:

-Alnwick )Hogwarts from Harry Potter) and the seat of the Percy family. The Dukes of Northumberland.

-Wooler castle.

But our tally now stands at 10 in 3 days.

Really ending the trip and the exercise.

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