Gaily painted houses strung along the north bank of the River Aln estuary welcome you to picturesque Alnmouth, the Tobermory of Northumberland. Once an important grain port, a ferocious storm on Christmas Eve in 1806 altered the course of the river, stranding the harbour and changing village life forever.
Go sand castle building on the curved beach to the north of the estuary, popular with families playing beach games.
Head south of the river if you’re looking for a little more wilderness. Bump along a track off the A1068 to an English Heritage car park. Tricky access is rewarded with a deserted beach between Alnmouth and Warkworth. Call into bite-size museum The Ferryman’s Hut, thought to be the smallest museum in the country. Until the 1960s this mini-museum was used by ferrymen rowing passengers back and forth across the Aln.
Cycle the Alnmouth way along the Castles Cycle Route or plan to hole up here for a night or few walking the St Oswald’s Way and North Sea Trail. Visitors are made to feel welcome in this vibrant seaside community. Wake up to estuary views in one of Alnmouth’s bed and breakfasts.