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Cheswick Sands and Cocklawburn Beach - A view from our expert author
Cheswick Sands is normally completely free of people © Gemma Hall
Those who do make it to this runway-straight stretch of desolate coastline between Lindisfarne and the distant outskirts of Berwick find it blissfully free of people.
Located far from any settlement of note means that those who do make it to this runway-straight stretch of desolate coastline between Lindisfarne and the distant outskirts of Berwick find it blissfully free of people. One weekend in summer I stood at the top of a high dune (of which there are many, incidentally) and counted 12 people on the entire three-mile-long beach. Apart from the golf club at Goswick and the distant view of Berwick, your contact with the built world is minimal. At low tide, the vast expanse of Goswick Sands north of Lindisfarne reveals itself. Take care here: the incoming tide progresses quickly across the beach.
The coastal cycleway (NCN route 1) running along the inland edge of the dunes makes getting here by bicycle straightforward; drivers can park at several rough pull-in areas reached from Cheswick (signed off the A1).
At its northern end, Cheswick Sands merges with Cocklawburn Beach, a picturesque family-friendly cove, beyond some impressive limestone rocks (crumbling lime kilns are evidence of past industry on this stretch of the coast).