Northumberland’s coast is so precious and so dramatic it is safeguarded for the nation to enjoy as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Endless beaches, rugged cliffs and immense dune systems fall within its 40-mile coastal stretch, which runs in a narrow strip from Berwick upon Tweed to the Coquet Estuary near Amble.
Internationally acclaimed for its wildlife, the AONB includes several protected wildlife and habitat sanctuaries, including the Farne Islands and a brace of National Nature Reserves. One being Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, which is rated as one of the best sites in Europe for waders and wildfowl, attracted by the rich feeding grounds of its dunes, marshes and mud flats.
Step out on a walk to take in the AONB’s sights and experiences on foot. Follow the coast’s contours by striking out along the Northumberland Coast Path. This twisting path is part of the North Sea Trail, a 64-mile continuous coastal walking route between Cresswell in the south and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north.
Take in eye-popping views from spectacular viewpoints at Craster and Druridge Bay along the way. Pass dramatic stretches of coastline split open by the Great Whin Sill, where ancient black basalt rears from the land to meet the sea. You’ll pass some of Northumberland’s finest jewels, like the castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh which stand guard on the coastline.
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