Probably the most beautiful coastline in the country.
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 great care.
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 Coastal Route
The 40 mile stretch of coast from Amble to 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 Country Code.
The many attractions of the Heritage Coast include Amble Marina, 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 Seahouses, Bamburgh Castle and village, and of course Lindisfarne Priory and Castle on Holy Island
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.