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Summer at the Seaside

Discover Northumberland's beaches this summer...

Grab your bucket and spade for our next bucket list item, a trip to the seaside! Northumberland beaches boast awards, scenic walks and breathtaking views.

Northumberland boasts an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them.

 Northumberland's (AONB) was designated over 60 years ago and is a treasured jewel in Northumberland's crown.

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Bamburgh Beach

This award-winning beach was named Britain's best coastal destination by Which? earlier this year. 


Located in the shadow of the magnificent Bamburgh Castle it's the perfect place to go for long, wind-swept walks at any time of year.  

This beach has something for everyone; great views, lovely soft golden sand, good shell hunting opportunities and great rock pools full of interesting creatures.

Alnmouth Beach

Located at the mouth of the River Aln, where this picturesque beach gets its name!

With vast expanses of dunes, there is a wealth of wildlife and sea birds to be spotted here. As part of the Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the scenery won't disappoint either!

Take a picnic and settle in, this beach is a must place to visit and watch the ships come in. 

Blyth Beach


Located off the A1061 South Beach Blyth is a local hot spot for a fun-filled day out. 

Grab an ice cream at Ciccarelli's and wander onto the beach, play in the nearby playground or chill out in one of the beach huts. 

Whether you want to enjoy a day out on the beach or cosy up on the coast in the winter months, the beach huts are the perfect addition to your trip to the coast!

After a fun day at the beach end the day by tucking into some fish and chips before heading home.

Embleton Beach


Affectionately called 'Football Hole Beach'. This beach is small, discreet and easy to miss if you're not looking for it. This quiet beach is idyllic and peaceful, a perfect alternative to busier beaches.

On a sunny day, the pale sand and green-blue sea will make you think you’re in the Mediterranean, not Northumberland!

Football Hole beach is on the walking route between Beadnell and Low Newton, one of the must-do walks when in the Northumberland area.

The beach is accessed by a short 10-minute walk from Low Newton. There’s no direct road access to Football Hole beach, keeping it relatively free of people. Bliss.

Spittal Beach


Located about half a mile south of the border town of Berwick.

It's not uncommon to spot; sea birds in the sky, seals bobbing up and down in the surf, or even the occasional dolphin. 

The beach leads onto the Northumberland Coastal Path heading south towards Holy Island and onto The Sandstone Way – a new long-distance mountain bike route from Berwick to Hexham.

Find out more about beaches in Northumberland

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