UK Road Trip Diary

UK Road Trip Diary:

Embleton Sands to Bolton Abbey

Part 5


Day 10

Destination: A walk to Embleton Sands then drive to Bolton Abbey.

Weather: Sunny and cloudy

We decided that this morning we would take a gentle stroll down to Embelton Sands. The walk is estimated to take 20-30 mins. With Pud in the backpack we set off. It was a lovely walk through some woodland, through a field, past some holiday homes and then down to the beach. Wow, what a beach this is. It is huge. With views over to Dunstanburgh Castle in one direction and a vast expanse of sand in the other direction it is hard to understand why this beach isn’t packed.

Approach to Embleton Sands
Approach to Embleton Sands

Pops quickly set off to splash in the little streams left by the sea as the tide goes out. Pud also wants to join in so down he comes out of the backpack. Only we forgot his all in one, it’s pretty cool and we didn’t bring spare clothes either! It was just supposed to be a quick wander on the beach to stretch our legs before we hit the road. Only Pud doesn’t know this. He wants to play and get wet of course.

Queue the major tantrum.

He threw a massive wobbler because we wouldn’t let him swim in the sea. I mean how dare we stop him going for a swim in the North Sea, how very dare we! The tantrum persisted so Daddy decided to take him back whilst I stayed with Pops.

Embleton Sands
Embleton Sands
Embleton Sands
Embleton Sands

This is such a gorgeous beach and well worth a visit if you are ever visiting the North East UK.

We spent about half an hour exploring the little rock pools and dodging the tide. A brilliant way to spend the morning.

Dunstanburgh Castle from Embleton Sands
View of Dunstanburgh Castle from Embleton Sands

We head back, pack up the van and say goodbye to the North East. Off we go to Bolton Abbey.

Thankfully this leg of the road trip was uneventful and we made good time getting to Bolton Abbey.

We arrive at The Caravan and Motorhome Club up at The Strid Tearooms in the Bolton Abbey Estate. A small site but perfectly formed. Clean and sufficient showers and toilets. Electric hook up and… no TV signal (we were forewarned of this on the website though).

We’ve been to Bolton Abbey once before and loved it so much we always said we’d return one day. We just knew we had to include it in our road trip.

Being mid afternoon when we arrived we just relaxed, had some delicious tea and went for a little wander in the woodland on site. Queue another tantrum! He’s getting good at this now. That said there was something nice about going for a walk after an evening meal. Again no time restraints, no agenda just a simple little walk before we snuggle up for the evening. With the kids in bed and fast asleep we open a bottle of red and chill out with a book. Tomorrow will be our last full day on our first little road trip.

Motorhome accomodation
Motorhome accommodation!

Have you read:

Part 1: The Lake District

Part 2: Loch Lomond

Part 3: Pitlochry and Faskally

Part 4: Alnwick Castle

Make sure you check our next and last instalment of our road trip.

Embleton Sands


  1. Bolton Abbey is one of our favourite places. Hubby & I were saying we might get ourselves an annual pass for Christmas so it’s a present we can all enjoy. I’ve never visited Embleton Sands, though – it looks lovely! I’ll have to look into this #dreamteam

  2. I’ve never been to Embelton Sands but it looks fab I love Bolton Abbey but haven’t been for years looks like you had a fun road trip😊💕Mandy xxx#ExplorerKids

  3. I love time at the beach and haven’t spent enough time there this autumn despite some beautiful days. It is looking at posts like this that make me want to head on out. May be tomorrow if it stops raining! The kids look like they are having a lovely time, definitely one to remember from your road trip.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  4. What a gorgeous beach! Looks like a lovely place to visit. And yes, how very dare you not let him swim in the freezing cold sea! Haha #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. Oh wow what a fantastic part of your UK road trip and that beach does look amazing and sounds like a wonderful walk to get there. My littlest would also not be happy about not being able to swim in the sea lol no matter if it was the middle of winter. Just popping over from #CountryKids

    Laura x

  6. Embleton Sands looks like a beautiful beach to explore and it looks like you had some nice warm weather from your photos. I can imagine it must have been frustrating for Pud not to be able to go in the sea though but completely understandable! Sounds like you had a lovely day out 🙂 #countrykids


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