Some of the best beaches in the UK, www.thebeachguide.co.uk keeps you up to date with all things beach
For the top 10 beaches in Northumberland, as voted for by the general public please visit the Beach Guides Northumberland pages and their Dog Friendly beaches here. The beaches of Bamburgh, Seahouses, Warkworth always feature on their site and we subscribe to them because they are really good at keeping up to date with new information and restrictions if any, but see below for other great stretches of beach. Most of our beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag
The estuary of the river Aln as it flows through from Alnwick and reaches the sea here, you'll find the pretty chocolate box painted houses along the river bank as it meets the sea, and opens out to a wide stretch of golden sandy beach just below the golf course. The village is a myriad of little streets, not unlike a Cornish town, with a few select independent craft and coffee shops, a gallery, and a few pubs and one of the oldest golf clubs in the land.
Little Shore Beach is easily accessible from the town, near the harbour and pier. Please note that this is one of the few beaches in North Northumberland which restricts dog access 1st May to end of September.
Between these two villages a world apart, you move from the bustling fishing village of Seahouses, along a 3 mile stretch of sandy beach, interspersed with a few rocky outcrops, towards the majestic Castle sitting atop its whinsill crag - you lose sight of the castle during part of walk, but turn a corner and there it is in all its glory. The beach offers great walking, is also used by the local riding stables for beach rides, kayakers and kit surfers test their skills in the changeable swell. Or on a quiet day, when the sun shines, chill out under the massive dunes (or in them), picnic on a blanket, read a book, or just contemplate the day while the larks sing overhead.
A huge expanse of sandy bay, approx 5 miles in length this is a mecca for water sports enthusiasts, with its own boat launch near the harbour, it is also popular with windsurfers, kite surfers, paddle boarding, diving, sea kayaking. With a linear walk from Beadnell itself southward past the bird sanctuary, to High Newton, Low Newton beyond and Embleton Bay to Dunstanburgh & Craster, this stretch of sand is popular with walkers out for an amble, to serious walkers following a significant part of St Oswald's Way en route south from Holy Island before the route bears inland at Alnmouth.
The bay is also very popular with families providing ideal opportunities for picnics, sandcastle design & build and an afternoon rock pooling in the sun.
Situated to the south side of the port of Blyth, this beach offers extensive swaithes of sand ideal for dog walking and water sports, one of our holiday cottages "Boca Chica" is situated right on the beach side and is popular for both dog walkers and families keen to take a dip at most times of the day!
Whilst not the usual sweeping beaches this stretch of the coast is formed from the Whinsill, an extremely hard rock of volcanic origin. This makes for some great "cliff top" walks - although in the main not very high and ideal for rock pooling. The mini "cliff" also affords the opportunity to walk along the grassy path - 1 mile- from the village of Craster out to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle standing on the promontory, a popular walk to this English Heritage/National Trust property, en route you'll see a variety of seabirds dotted along the shore, and just offshore the odd seal on a good day.
Lying south of Amble, the sweeping Druridge Bay is a beautiful 3 mile stretch of sandy beach, backed by dunes. There is also a Country Park at Druridge offering Ladyburn Lake which is freshwater (popular with windsurfers, sailors and canoeists permits required) the lake and the forshore are popular also with birdwatchers. Coquet Shorebase Trust offer training in watersports Click here to visit the website.
Embleton Bay, recently afforded the unenviable title of UK's best beach in the Countryfile Awards, is quite stunning - a sweeping wide bay of golden sand, which changes colour in the light as the sun moves across its surface, and dotted amongst the dunes are a number of traditional beach huts, not the bathing hut variety, but larger and now used by a few owners as their, albeit, basic, coastal retreat. The owners imagination a riot of ingenious designs to introduce the comforts of home in this isolated and idyllic spot.
A wonderful beach, extending from Embleton Bay northward to its pretty little fishing square nestling just off the sand, with its traditional village pub offering plenty by way of fishy dishes, lunchtime snacks on the green, and its own brewery with a range of intriguingly named beers, like Ship Hop Ale, or Sandcastles at Dawn to quench the thirst as you stop at this idyllic watering hole.
Just north of Low Newton you'll find Football Hole a small beach which is discrete and easy to miss, but in a quiet moment reflect, and watch seals, seabirds and if lucky perhaps a pod of dolphins will swim by - joyous stuff.
Probably the quietest beach you'll find - it's over a mile through dune land from where you park your car, to the beach itself. Look left to Holy Island and right to Bamburgh and you're somewhere in-between like a castaway choosing a spot to rest and mull over life itself with just the sound of the gulls, and the woosh of the waves to keep you company unless you are very unlucky and someone else got there first!
South of the pretty fishing village of Craster via Loughoughton you'll find Sugar Sands and a sweeter beach you couldn't find, accessed via a single track and through a farm gate, you might be forgiven for thinking you'd been directed to the wrong place but persevere and you'll discover a little gem with intriguing rock formations lifting out of the sandy cove.