An iconic view point for anyone taking the A1 north or south, The Angel of the North is an incredible structure. It has recently seen action through the Queens Baton Relay in preparation for the Commonwealth Games whilst the baton travelled to Scotland. Designed by Antony Gormley and finished in 1998, when I was there to take this photo of the Angel it was a quiet and cold February morning and as the sun rose unexpected booms from the expansion of the structure nearly became like clockwork. Although derided by some I think is a great piece of contemporary sculpture and a good landmark for the north east to have. We always see it as a point to tick off when we are heading up north to Northumberland.
Like Bamburgh Castle and its surrounds? Don’t tell anyone but probably the best beach in Britain has no one on it. Bamburgh Beach has everything. Sand dunes, expansive views to the Farne Islands, a mass of beach for every type of activity and most of all the iconic Bamburgh Castle that looms large from every view. Nestled right atop of the sand dunes it seems constantly changing its look as the weather and clouds roll by.
Southwold beach is one of my favourite beaches, especially first thing in the morning. The reasons are simple, its got a pier, its got fantastic beach huts, its has intrigue all along its length but most of it has sand. Sand that is so fine between your toes it’ll make you giggle all the way to the ice cream shop.