The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is among the finest landscape of the country. It was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet Estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery - sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes, high rocky cliffs and isolated islands.
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  • Rover1950
    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Northumberland - wild life, history and superb sandy beaches
    The reason for our trip to Seahouses was to visit the Farne Islands and see the incredible bird life, especially puffins and seals. We were unable to land due to bird flu but instead took an excellent, very well informed 2-l/2 hour boat trip with Serenity Tours. Birds only there April to end June - Breeding season before going out to sea. Seahouses is a lovely little fishing village very well equipped with a Co-Op, petrol station, pubs, souvenir shops, fish/chip,etc shops and other eating places. On arrival we sat and ate our fish/chips in the sunshine overlooking the harbour. We rented a 2 bedroom immaculate and exceptionally well provisioned cottage, very quiet although only 10 minutes walk from the town/harbour. The children (aged 4 and 6) loved the beautiful sandy beaches, explored the rock pools, swam in the sea and played in sand dunes. Bamburgh Castle was very well worth a visit and where we spent a morning. People all very friendly and welcoming. Very very highly recommended, dogs also loving to exercise on the beach and we saw no litter or dog pooh anywhere!!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Adam H
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect sandy beach
    We took a sunset walk on the beach between seahouses & bamburgh. Hardly any people on the stunning sandy beach. We took a walk back through the dunes on the coastal path at twilight and were stunned to see some roe deer there. The views include the farne islands, lindisfarne & bamburgh castle and were jaw-droppingly beautiful
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • pesue1
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom598 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely town
    First time in Northumberland, we are staying in seahouses, a lovely seaside town. There are boats to the farne islands, several pubs and restaurants and lovely coastal walks, we love it. We have been lucky with the weather but not so much for families to do if it rains. We would recommend it
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Richard de G
    Weybridge, United Kingdom813 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beaches & Views
    Even in March with the weather not as warm as we'd like our Northumberland coastal visit was wonderful. Beaches provided plenty of space to stroll along and views that certainly didn't disappoint. Plenty of parking and nearby attractions and eateries.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Rachel W
    Leicester, United Kingdom246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beaches
    This is one of the best coastlines and beaches I have ever been too. They are dog friendly. Clean and just really a welcoming feel from the locals. The rock pools are also fun. I would highly recommend going to this coastline
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 15, 2024
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Paul K
Burley in Wharfedale, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
What a fabulous place for the holiday with our granddaughters and 2 labradoodles. Although it was busier than usual, because of Covid there was still plenty of space on the beautiful beaches.
The town was quite crowded as expected but most people were keeping their distance. The local Coop was not very well stocked as we had to use a bit of imagination to sort our meals. We have been coming to Seahouses since 2002 and think it is a wonderful place to holiday
Written August 14, 2021
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Adam H
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We took a sunset walk on the beach between seahouses & bamburgh. Hardly any people on the stunning sandy beach. We took a walk back through the dunes on the coastal path at twilight and were stunned to see some roe deer there. The views include the farne islands, lindisfarne & bamburgh castle and were jaw-droppingly beautiful
Written August 26, 2023
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CharleyNottinghamUK
Nottingham, UK957 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
On a three night break in Berwick upon Tweed, we visited the beautiful Northumbria Coast. After stopping off at Banburgh, for two hours or so, we caught the bus to Seahouses, which only took 12mins, getting off at King St. We walked towards the small town centre, where there are shops/restaurants/pubs etc. The harbour area is the place to be, this is where the sightseeing boats take people to visit the Farne Islands, to view the seals and sea birds. Well worth the trip. Make sure to take your camera/binoculars. From Seahouses harbour, you can see in the distance, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne, on a clear day! Our visit here was well worth it. It's an Ideal place for everyone to be.
Written June 13, 2023
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Christopher B
Epping, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I have walked from Sunderland to Berwick and I can say that this is some of the best coastal walking in the world. You can do as much, or as little as you want. There are some beautiful towns & villages en route and some great places to stay.
It really is outstanding in its beauty.
Written August 12, 2020
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
What an amazing coastline! The rugged beauty is absolutely stunning! We were lucky that our week exploring the area was blessed with good weather (which definitely helps) but we were amazed by all the subtle differences all the way along the coastline which is literally littered with lighthouses and castles. The landscape and scenery is beautiful, the beaches and dunes are soft and sandy, the attractive villages are full of nice tearooms and restaurants. There are some amazing coastal walks too. Can you tell we enjoyed our holiday?

We will definitely be back!
Written July 4, 2021
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Linda F
Liverpool, UK183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My partner and I had the privilege of admiring the natural beauty of this coast line before we had to get back onto our coach. I would have liked to have stayed longer; we had already visited Bamburgh Castle, which is roughly a 5/10 minute drive to the coast. It was a cloudy and very windy day, but the scenery made up for the weather. I would love to visit this area again in the summer months.
Written March 19, 2020
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Karen G
Leeds, UK534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The coastline in Northumberland is really stunning. It’s a though time has stood still; majestic castles stand on the shoreline; the grasses glow on the sand dunes; beaches are pure white soft sand and apart from Seahouses, there’s not an arcade in sight. . You can walk for miles along the beautiful coastline. Many towns, especially Amble, have good restaurants selling local seafood.
Written June 1, 2021
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield, UK1,424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
First holiday in Northumberland and what an absolute pleasure to amble along the clean, sandy beaches taking in the views of the boats, lighthouses, seabirds and castles. We collected seashells and explored a few rockpools, the weather was kind and the sea really did look tempting if not a little choppy.

Initially we walked to Bamburgh castle and on another occasion to Dunstanburgh castle, both highly recommended.

I hope to be back soon.
Written September 24, 2021
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JDR
United Kingdom34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Stunning coastline and beaches, attractive working harbour plus walking and related activities. Pleasantly uncrowded away from the chaotic High St area.

However all the above was spoilt, at least for us as state pensioners , by out of control adult cyclists who treat the roadside pavements as their own and pay scant regard to pedestrians. This was particularly bad on the road out of Seahouses towards Bamburgh and Seahouses beach where errant cyclists were joined by electric cycles &/or scooters which made for a dangerous mix with pedestrians.

The local council needs to address this as a matter of urgency before someone is seriously injured. Until then I'd recommend that elderly visitors avoid the area.
Written September 10, 2021
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Fred G
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
On a recent holiday to Northumbria, we visited Seahouses and was pleasantly surprised to see it has much improved as a holiday destination in its own right. In previous years the town has looked a little rundown and unloved, with groups of youths hanging round the chippy, looking bored. Now, it looks clean and bright, with a mix of visitors and a very dig friendly attitude. The town is a thriving, lively hub of shops, pubs and eateries, with a working harbour right on the doorstep. Perfect as a base for exploring the wider Northumbria coast, or just staying local and exploring what Seahorses has to offer. The harbour is perfect for early morning dog walks, and don't leave Seahorses without going on a Billy Shiels seal boat tour - it's amazing!
Written September 15, 2022
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