Find The Nearest Beach Northumberland
Planning a trip to Northumberland and looking for the nearest beaches. Northumberland has more than 45 km of beaches, a number of islands, hidden coves and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The coast is simply spectacular and varied, you have seaside towns with harbours, coastal castles, remote sandy beaches or why not join the grey seals and puffins on the Farne Islands.
- Newton Haven beach at Low Newton consists of sand, sand dunes and rocks. This is a sheltered Bay popular with water sports enthusiasts and bird watchers. In the south part of the dunes is Newton Pool, a freshwater nature reserve owned by the National Trust, whilst looking south on the headland across the bay is the ruin of Dunstanburgh Castle. Low Newton a short walk from the beach provides parking, toilets, pub and small shops.
- Ross Back Sands is 3 miles of sandy quiet beach backed by sand dunes. The beach protrudes out between Holy Island and Budle Bay which means it can be very windy due to this exposed position although careful positioning within the sand dunes can provide a good windbreak. Some good walks around Ross beach including a nature reserve which is a popular spot for bird watching and you get some great views of Lindisfarne Castle to the north on Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle to the south. The beach has no facilities and there is a 1½ mile walk from the nearest parking point at Ross and this is probably why the beach is never busy. Note that due to the remoteness and sand dunes parts of the beach are used by naturists.
- Alnmouth beach is a quiet sandy beach with dunes just outside the Northumberland village of Alnmouth on the mouth of the River Aln (hence the name “Alnmouth”). Facilities include small car park, toilets, variety of gift shops, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops in the village some 10 minute walk away.
- Warkworth beach is close to the fortified village of Warkworth. The village with its castle is built on a rocky spur within a tight loop of the River Coquet. Warkworth beach spans to the north of the river mouth and is golden sands and dunes overlooked by the castle. It is advised to keep away from the breakwater at the River Coquet. Toilets and free parking 500m from the beach.
- Holy Island has a selection of sand beaches and dunes. Also known by its Celtic name as Lindisfarne, Holy Island is accessible only at low tide, twice daily, by a three mile long causeway. The island is one of the top locations for bird watching in North East England. The sand dunes and saltmarsh are a National Nature Reserve, and an important winter home to thousands of seabirds, particularly waders.
- Druridge Bay is one of Northumberland coast’s largest bays at 7 miles (11 km) long stretching from Amble in the north to Cresswell in the south. Northumberland Coast Country Park is a 3 mile stretch situated within the bay, and this part of the bay (the section near the village of Druridge, in the centre of the bay) is owned by the National Trust. Areas within the bay are set aside as nature reserves. Parking at various points along the bay by the sand dunes right next to the beach.
- Longhoughton Steel is named after the rocks on the point. A number of small stretches of beach (Longhoughton Steel, Howdiemont Sands and Sugar Sands), mostly covered at high tide. The beaches are a mixture of sand, pebbles and rocks. No facilitates and to get to the beach it is best to walk along a track from the north end of Boulmer village.
- Cheswick Sands is one of the biggest beaches in Northumberland, a large area of flat sand with black rocks and dunes. This is a vast beach that stretches as far as the eye can see and merges in with Cocklawburn beach in the north. Excellent beach for walking. On a clear day to the north end of the beach you can see past Berwick to the Border, while to the south Holy Island with it’s castle is in full view. Few beaches offer such excellent unspoilt views as this. Parking available.