The sunlit beach at Bamburgh
After an unseasonably sunny and mild start for a walk along the coast – not ideal for testing insulated jackets – we boarded a boat for the Farne Islands and a close-up view of some of the wildlife, including shags (stop sniggering at the back of the class) and lots of grey seals, making the most of the autumn sunshine.Shags, a member of the cormorant family
Large numbers of grey seals populate the Farne Islands
Longstone Rock was home to lighthouse keeper William Darling and his daughter Grace, celebrated as a heroine for her part in helping save the lives of nine shipwrecked people whose boat Forfarshire ran aground on Big Harcar Rock in a storm in 1838.
There was also a chance to reacquaint myself with The Cheviot, seen at a distance from the North Sea. I last encountered the mountain in August, nearing the end of my Pennine Way walk, when the farthest I could see from its summit was a rain-soaked 30m stretch of the national trail.
Bamburgh and, beyond, The Cheviot and Hedgehope Hill
As the wind dropped in Bamburgh, there was a chance to fly the drone for an aerial view of the town’s castle and the coast beyond.