Embleton Bay crowned BBC Countryfile Magazine’s beach of the year

BBC Countryfile Magazine readers have crowned Embleton Bay their beach of the year.

More than 56,000 readers voted in the poll that saw the Northumberland beach, which has been cared for by the National Trust since 1961, win the beach of the year category.

View of Dunstanburgh Castle from the north West The view shows the sand dunes on Embleton Beach in evening sunlight with the ruins of the 14th century stronghold visible in the distance

View of Dunstanburgh Castle from the north West The view shows the sand dunes on Embleton Beach in evening sunlight with the ruins of the 14th century stronghold visible in the distance. Credit: National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

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Hydropower returns to Cragside and lights up history

A new Archimedes screw at Cragside in Northumberland will harness the power of water to relight this grand Victorian house just as its previous owner Lord Armstrong did back in 1878. Continue reading

Latest on ship run aground at Farne Islands

An 80m long ship that ran aground on the Farne Islands on Saturday morning remains stranded but in a stable position, National Trust rangers who look after the wildlife haven said.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is handling the salvage operation, said there was no fuel leak from the MV Danio after it hit rocks on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast at 4.30am on Saturday.

It is anticipated that an attempt will made to tow the boat in the next two weeks when weather conditions are the most appropriate.

The National Trust is working closely with the salvage team and is optimistic that the boat can be safely removed without any environmental damage. 

The Trust’s local management team will continue to monitor the situation closely and are in full co-operation with the relevant authorities.

David Steel, the National Trust’s head ranger for the Farnes, told the Press Association: “We got lucky.

“The birds are not back and there does not seem to be any damage to the ship, so we got away with it.

“The Farnes are internationally-important for nesting sea birds. We have 80,000 pairs of sea birds including 37,000 pairs of puffins.”

Follow David and the team on the Farne Islands blog or on Twitter @NTsteely.