Andy Craig is a photographer based in Christon Bank, near Seahouses, Northumberland. Originally from Scotland, he is a keen landscape photographer and musician. He walks his dog, Daisy, each day on the Northumberland coast and his photographic diary captures their early morning explorations. Here Andy gives some insight into his appreciate of Northumberland and reveals some of its best kept secrets.
How long have you lived/worked in Northumberland?: Since 2008.
What is it about the place that appeals to you?: Community, peace, beauty.
What’s your favourite Northumberland/Borders beauty spot?: Embleton Bay.
Tell us about your favourite walk ?: My favourite walk is a circuit along the coastal path and beaches at Howick. Perhaps from Craster to Boulmer and back.
The list of places to visit is endless. But some are more special than others. A trip to Northumberland/the Borders wouldn’t be complete without….: seeing Embleton Bay at sunrise.
Is locally produced Northumbrian/Borders food the best?: With fantastic butchers thriving in the market towns, farmer’s markets and direct ‘box’ suppliers, the best that Northumberland has to offer is readily available.
Do you have a preferred place to eat out in the county and why?: I’m happy with simple fare with a good pint in my local pub (The Blink Bonny in Christon Bank) but for posh food in amazing surroundings, The Treehouse at Alnwick Garden.
Northumbrians and people from The Scottish Borders are renowned for the warm welcome they offer holidaymakers and day trippers alike. What do you think is the secret ingredient for this friendliness?: There is a strong sense of community that still exists in both areas and if visitors wish, they can become part of the community for the duration of their visit. It’s what makes people return.
Coast or country? Both!
Your favourite historical site? Around Blawearie farm there are historic remains spanning the millenia.
And the best road to take a leisurely and scenic drive along? From ‘the pillars’ (turn-off towards Wooler) on the A1 across the B6348.
What would be your perfect day out in Northumberland and The Scottish Borders? A walk with Daisy the lurcher at Low Newton-by-the-Sea at sunrise, home for breakfast of local free range eggs, a walk and picnic lunch above Rothbury somewhere followed by slow cooked Northumbrian lamb for dinner and a night playing/singing Northumbrian music with friends to finish off the day.
Category: Northumberland Best Kept Secrets