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A small fishing village with a long history

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  • Jan 2013
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This is the only west facing harbour on the east coast.



The small fishing harbour is at the end of the road lined with 1930s holiday housing and wooden seats overlooking the sea with a rocky coastline to the north. There is a parking restriction between May and September.



There is a small harbour which had two fishing boats tied up. Above are the remains of three large 18thC lime kilns which were later used for curing herring. A large information sign explains their history and function. A tramway was built to bring coal and lime to the top of the kilns, which produced 1000 cartloads of lime a year which was shipped out by boat. The draw arches are still visible as is the small ‘eye’ from which the burnt lime was drawn out.



To the south is a long stretch of sandy beach flanked with sand dunes. This is popular with local dog walkers and horse riders. It is a good tramping beach with the stark ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle to the south encouraging you to walk further.



A path down the side of the lime kilns leads to the small headland of Ebb's Nook. Here there are the ruins of a 13thC chapel. It is thought this may have been built on the site of a 7thC chapel built by St Ebba, who was half sister to Oswald and Oswry and the first Abbess of Coldringham and friend of St Cuthbert. This was the site of a time team dig in 2011.



There is little in the village of Beadnall, inland from the harbour. There is a fish and chip takeaway and small general store. Beadnall Tower is a 16thC pele tower and is now part of the Craster Arms pub. The church is 19thC.

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