"On either side the river lie,
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold...."
One of the most breath-taking views in the world for me is the view from Bamburgh Castle to the Farne Islands. Puffins and seaguls soaring and the smell of the ocean! The Northumbrian coast sometimes seems as though it has remained untouched for centuries and, if ever Camelot existed, I would have placed it there.
Looking across the sea, when there are no boats or ships in sight, time becomes so irrelevant. It could be any time, any era, simply the 'eternal now'. The waves roll, carelessly or wildly, the sea really does, as T.S. Eliot wrote, 'have many voices'. Perhaps, coming from a maritime country (and sadly, living as far from the sea as it is possible to live on this island!) there is something in us English folk that just can't escape it.
Bamburgh is so beautiful that I couldn't resist borrowing this photo from http://www.northumbria-byways.com/coastal_region1.htm I hope they don't mind!