The Northumbrian Coastline
The coastline of Geordieland covers a great distance and is probably the
most rugged and beautiful stretch of shoreline in the whole of Great Britain.
Most of this grandeur is easily accessible to tourists though in some cases
such as the Lindisfarne causeway the humble traveller will need to take
The North-East coast stretches from Whitby in the south through the great
bird sanctuaries of Cleveland, Northumberland and the Scottish borders. This
site will never be large enough to cover such a wondrous and awe inspiring
area, so for the benefits of the true Geordie heritage we shall concentrate
on the area of Northumberland.
To many visitors, the Northumberland coast is its
most attractive feature, especially the long, un-crowded sandy beaches. But
there are also many attractive fishing villages and little seaside resorts
to visit. Plus - of course - the many dramatic castles.
The 40 mile stretch
of coast from
Berwick-upon-Tweed has been officially recognised as both a
"Heritage Coast" and an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" - to be
conserved on behalf of the nation. You are welcome to enjoy the coast but
please always follow the
The many attractions of the Heritage Coast include
Warkworth Castle, the red-roofed resort of
Alnmouth, the village of
Craster and nearby
Dunstanburgh Castle, the sweeping sands of Beadnell Bay, the
attractive resort of
Bamburgh Castle and village, and of course
Lindisfarne Priory and
The Northumberland Coastal Route is a 35
mile signed route from Druridge Bay (the A1068/B1337 junction) to Belford on
the A1, 5 miles south of Holy Island. There are two southern access routes
from the A1 via Morpeth and from the A19, near Cramlington, via the A189. It
is therefore possible to turn the route into a circular journey by returning
from Belford via the A1. Look out for the white on brown "castle and waves"
sign which mark the route.
View a map showing the