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St Oswald’s Way at Howdiemont Sands

St. Oswald’s Way at Howdiemont Sands


It’s taken me a little while to get this up onto the website, but back in the first week of January I went out to explore the area around Longhoughton and Boulmer. It is a stunning section of the Northumberland coastline which includes a section of St Oswald’s Way and a couple of beautiful secluded beaches in Howdiemont Sands and Sugar Sands. I decided to park up at Boulmer and walk north up the coastline, looking for a good vantage point to capture the oncoming sunrise.


There wasn’t much that caught my eye as the tide was right out, but I spotted a few great looking features for another morning when the tide is in. To name a couple there’s a big rusty pipe and a ragged old fence (apparently to stop the cows roaming) – both leading out into the sea. They should make good pictures when the tide is more favourable.


I did, however, happen upon this bridge:


St Oswald's Way Bridge

An eroded footbridge on St Oswald’s Way


It appealed to me immediately, not least because of it’s eroded base and rugged nature. This photo was taken shortly after sunrise, but much of the colour in the sky is a side effect of the filter I used to darken the sky. The filter in question was a Formatt-Hitech 0.6 Hard Graduated ND – part of a set of excellent resin filters but they do leave a magenta cast as you can see. I don’t mind though as I quite like the effect. To see more about the photography equipment I use check out my Kit Bag.


This photo and many others can be seen in my Photo Galleries, and if you’re keen to find out more about where they were taken have a look at the Photo Locations page.



St Oswald’s Way


The footbridge is part of St Oswald’s Way, a long-distance trail that stretches 97 miles from Holy Island (Lindisfarne) to Heavenfield on Hadrian’s Wall. The route encompasses some of the important points of the life and importance of King Oswald (AKA Saint Oswald) who ruled Northumbria in the seventh century.

More information on the trail can be found at, including a series of sections of the trail that can be walked in their own right.




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