Northumberland - The Northumberland coast

Druridge Bay Northumberland England UK © H Athey, ShutterstockDruridge Bay has to be one of the most spectacular stretches of sand along the coast © H Athey, Shutterstock

Besides beaches, you’ll find old fishing villages, offshore islands and a string of arresting castles.

‘There’s nothing like the Northumberland coast, is there?’ said a cheerful angler passing me as I walked towards Dunstanburgh Castle one sunny morning in August. Anyone who makes a trip along the dune-backed shores between the outskirts of Tyneside and Berwick-upon-Tweed will know what he means. Where else in England can you walk along a pristine sandy beach on a summer’s day and meet only a handful of people? The Northumberland coast is like this for much of its 70 miles.

Besides beaches, you’ll find old fishing villages, offshore islands and a string of arresting castles. Nowhere are these landscape features more conspicuous than between Warkworth and Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), also known as the Heritage Coast. Here you’ll find most of the best bathing beaches, the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve, Lindisfarne Priory and all the castles.

But, don’t overlook the south Northumberland coast. Some of the longest and most silky sands are at Cresswell and Druridge Bay. Birdwatchers, walkers and anyone looking for some of the best fish and chips in Northumberland should come here. This walk shows off the area at its best. For a different way to celebrate the August Bank Holiday, try the Rennington Scarecrow Festival.

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