Last week was half term and we booked a superb cottage in the coastal village of Beadnell in rural Northumberland. Beadnell isn't far from one of my favourite spots - Holy Island.
Holy Island is a tidal island which is accessed by a paved causeway. The North Sea covers the causeway twice a day so you have to check the tide timetables to make sure crossing the causeway is safe. The timetable varies considerably and over the years many vistors have been caught out by the fast approaching North Sea.
The views across the causeway on the way back to the mainland were superb - quite eerie!
Beadnell was a superb location too. Peter had a great time on the beach and many of Northumberland's finest castles were within a short distance - Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, Dunstanborough Castle, Chillingham Castle, to name but a few!
My parents bought me a fabulous camera for my birthday in March and I haven't really had a chance to try out the hidden extras so quite a bit experimentation with settings, etc went on whilst at Beadnell!
If you like the quiet life and breathtaking views of coast and countryside, Northumberland is definitely the place to go!