Stunning beaches abound - some with with car parking nearby.
What really makes Bamburgh beach stand out though is the breathtaking castle dominating the skyline behind the beach. A castle is known to have stood here since the 6th century; the oldest part of the present structure was built in the 12th century. Bamburgh castle is well worth a visit and children will enjoy the extensive collection of arms and armour.
Newbiggin, which was once a thriving mining and fishing town, lies on the Northumberland coast, to the east of Ashington. The town, which still has a fleet of small, traditional fishing boats, features a curved bay, the southern end of which is known at South Beach.
Druridge Bay is the seven-mile long stretch of coastline, backed by an extensive dune system, between Amble in the north and Creswell in the south. This beach forms the section at the southern end of the bay, closest to Cresswell. The Blackemoor Burn runs into the sea here, from a body of water, which attracts some interesting bird life. A section of flat rocks, known as The Scars lies just off the beach.
The North Beach stretches down from Hully Rocks and curves around the bay in a south-westerly direction for about 500 metres. To the east of the bay is a rocky outcrop which can be a good place to go rockpooling at low tide. There is a lifeboat station near the beach, and a Maritime Centre nearby. The nearest car park is ark at the eastern end of the High Street.
The gently sloping sand is backed by extensive sand dunes and can seem to go on forever at low tide. At this state of tide there are also a few rocky patches are exposed - these offer some great rockpooling.
The beach at Cresswell never really gets busy and is largely unspoilt. Except for the height of the summer there is a fair chance you will only see the occasional dog walker.
This expansive sandy beach is the most westerly of three on Holy Island's remote, north coast. It is also the most exposed, taking the brunt of the waves and weather the North Sea can throw at it.
The island end of the beach has a slightly cosier feel as it backs up against the sand dunes and cliffs of Snipe Point. Here you will also find a plethora of rock pools when the tide goes out.
The extensive area of gently sloping, sandy beach stretching north of the harbour is backed by low, grassy dunes and features a number of rocky outcrops. This can be a good destination for anyone who enjoys tranquillity and big open skies.
The water quality here is good and the beach is used by birdwatchers and sea anglers as well as walkers. On clear days the Farne Islands can be seen in the distance.
This beach is a great spot to come for long, windswept walks, to admire the big, open sky and beautiful seascapes. On clear days it is often possible to see Holy Island to the south and Bamburgh Castle to the north. As well as walkers, and families who come to enjoy the sand and rockpools exposed at low tide, this beach is also used by birdwatchers, surfers and body boarders.
Berwick-Upon-Tweed has a sandy beach which lies to the north of the mouth of the River Tweed. The river mouth is separated from the beach by a long pier which has a lighthouse at the end overlooking the beach and surrounding area.
The beach leads on to the Berwickshire Coastal Path. From here it is possible to walk along the coast across the border to Scotland.
The Harbour beach on Holy Island is the easiest to get to being on the shoreward side of the island. The beach itself isn't quite as pretty as the other expansive, sandy beaches in the area but there are great views of both 16th century Lindisfarne Castle and the medieval Priory.
There are plenty of facilities close to the beach.
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