Summer Walk No 10, Boulmer - Tuesday 9th August 2016.

On Tuesday August 9th a small group of members met at the beach car park in Boulmer (pronounced 'Boomer'), a very
small fishing village - approximately 6 miles East of the Market Town of Alnwick and 3 miles North of Alnmouth.
Boulmer is one of Northumberland's last genuine fishing villages where little has changed in the last 100 years. The village
largely consists of a long stretch of houses and cottages, most of which have unobstructed sea views. While today it is quiet
and peaceful, in the 18th & 19th century the village was notorious for its involvement with smugglers and pirates that came
from all over the coast and Scotland to deal their ill-gotten gains. This included spirits from as far afield as the Netherlands,
salt and tobacco, with the village pub, ‘The Fishing Boat Inn’, being the headquarters of the smuggling activity.
Boulmer beach is best described as being sandy with extensive rocky outcrops that are exposed as the tide goes out, making
it a good site for rock pools and for observing many species of wading birds.
On arriving at the car park the group found that it was partially occupied by small number of traditional Gypsy caravans,
with the ponies used to pull them nearby. Other photographic opportunities immediately available included: views of the
beach, fishing boats on the sea and black & yellow cinnabar moth caterpillars, feeding on Ragwort.
Members walked northwards along the beach making good use of the sunlight to capture images of the landscape, waves
and various items found on the beach such a shells, seaweed, weathered tree roots etc. At the northern end of the beach
the group scrambled up the sand dunes, because of the incoming tide, and continued the walk along a path across the top
of the dunes. Hear it was possible to see many birds such as gulls, oyster catchers and other waders on the shore and many
wild flowers. The group then enjoyed views along the coast to Sugar Sands bay, across the sea to a somewhat misty/ hazy Dunstanburgh castle and views of cloud formations across the fields with the setting sun. As the light began to fade we
returned along a track to the village of Boulmer, rounding off and enjoyable evening with a drink in the Fishing Boat Inn.


Glyn Trueman.