Northumberland Beaches and Coast

Northumberland lies in North East England bordering Cumbria, County Durham and the North Sea. Its coastline with many golden, sandy beaches, is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This is a place filled with the magic of rolling hills, moorlands, magnificent views of pristine coastline and tiny towns with hidden gardens and medieval castles. This is a land carved by bloody wars where traffic is scarce and outdoor adventure awaits!

Walk the 103 kilometre long coastal path stopping off at the cosy pubs for a meal or drink, pass the towns and tiny coastal hamlets going back in time in the fishing villages. Visit Craster, where the kippers and herring come from or the 18th Century dam of Guyzance.

Smooth the stones of the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle in Alnwick and marvel at the Robert Stevenson designed railway viaduct spanning the River Tweed. Holy Island, and all the castles that look out over the ocean and countryside, and the fields where ancient battles were fought contrast with Northern Europe's largest manmade lake in Kielder Water and Forest Park.

The vast sandy beach at Bamburgh Castle is beautiful on a long Summer evening and other wonderful spots can be found at Beadnell, Embleton and Almouth.

Nearest Beaches in Northumberland

  • Ross Back Sands Beach

    Ross Back Sands is 3 miles of sandy quiet beach with dunes that sticks out between Holy Island and Budle Bay. Can be very windy due to is exposed position although the sand dunes can provide a good wind break. You can see Lindisfarne Castle to the north and Bamburgh read more

  • Embleton Bay Beach

    Embleton Bay is one of Northumberland’s many fine beaches. The beach is dominated by Dunstanburgh Castle which stands on the south cliffs of the bay. Embleton Bay beach is sandy with rock pools at low tide and is very popular with walkers and families. No facilities and access is from read more

  • Cresswell Beach

    Cresswell beach large sandy shallow beach with sand dunes on the south part of Druridge Bay. The headland in front of Cresswell has some rocks particularly at low-tide. Surfing has an exposed beach break and also popular for sailing and fishing. Parking available close to the beach amongst the sand read more

  • Craster Beach

    Craster is a small fishing village on the Northumbrian coast with a small and attractive harbour. The harbour itself is protected by two areas of rocks, known as Muckle Car and Little Car. Craster is not so much a beach but a rocky shore with a view northwards to the read more

  • Cambois Beach

    Cambois beach is a large sandy beach with a hard footpath running behind amongst the grass. Located on north side of the estuary of the River Blyth and south of the River Wansbeck.

  • Warkworth Beach

    Warkworth beach is close to the fortified village of Warkworth. The village with its castle is built on a rocky spur within a tight loop of the River Coquet. Warkworth beach spans to the north of the river mouth and is golden sands and dunes overlooked by the castle.

  • Bamburgh Beach

    Bamburgh Beach is in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Northumberland Coast. It’s vast, unspoilt shoreline is uncrowded and backed by fabulous sand dunes and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. It also commands sea views across to Lindisfarne, Holy Island and Farne Islands. Popular surfing and kitesurfing beach.

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