Northumberland

Heritage Coast

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Overview

Leave Tweedmouth for Bamburgh passing through Beal en route. Spend some time in Seahouses before reaching the sands of Embleton. Enjoy the town of Alnwick before reaching Alnmouth. Visit the castle at Warkworth before visiting Amble and winding inland to Morpeth.

Tweedmouth

On the south bank of the River Tweed, Tweedmouth is an historic village famed for milling, iron manufacture and salmon fishing – the weather vane atop St. Bartholomew Church is in the image of salmon! The 15 arched Old Bridge crosses the River Tweed and is an impressive landmark dating back to 1610.

Beal

A village towards the North East coast in area of outstanding natural beauty, Beal affords breath-taking views out towards Lindisfarne and Holy Island. On a clear day, to the north you can see Goswick Sands, and you are close to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne with its abbey ruins and castle and the exciting causeway to drive across.

Bamburgh

Bamburgh is dominated by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle standing guard on the coast. Take time to explore the castle, enjoy a picnic on the green in the shadow of the castle and make your way down through the sand dunes to the golden sands – if only the water was a few degrees warmer!

Seahouses

The market and former fishing town of Seahouses is a great place to relax and while away some time and take in the magnificent views. Explore the harbour and may be take a boat trip to the Farne Islands – look out for terns and seals.

Embleton

Embleton Bay, just a mile from the village is home to delightful sandy beach where you can take in the fresh air of the Northumberland coast, whilst admiring the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. If you are feeling energetic there is a 7 mile circular walk to take in nearby Craster and Low Newton.

Alnwick

Anyone a Harry Potter fan? The medieval market town of Alnwick is home to the simply stunning Alnwick Castle, one of Britain’s iconic castles. Explore the castle, the nearby Alnwick Gardens and head into town for Barter Books, one of the country’s largest second hand bookshop and the Bailiffgate Museum.

Alnmouth

A picturesque village on the Aln River Estuary, Alnmouth is home to large sandy beach to be enjoyed by all the family. Enjoy the views, local wildlife – bird watchers will love the place and may be pay a visit to the Ferryman’s Hut – possibly the smallest museum in the country.

Warkworth

Warkworth Castle dominates the skyline of Warkworth village on the rocky spur alongside the River Coquet home to seals and otters. Explore the castle, take a boat trip across the river to the 14th century chapel and enjoy the views.

Amble By the Sea

At the mouth of the River Coquet you can explore the marina, enjoy the local seafood, take in the views to Coquet Island, or if time permits, a boat trip across to the island, home to thousands of breeding puffins each year. Time your visit to Amble right and you can enjoy the country’s only puffin festival.

Morpeth

On the banks of the River Wansbeck you can explore the market town of Morpeth – take in the Bagpipe Museum and the Northumbrian Art and Crafts Gallery or wander the Carlisle Park including the Turner Garden. Foodies will love the many eateries, stacked with local produce.

Overview

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Tweedmouth

2
8.2 miles

Beal

3
11.4 miles

Bamburgh

4
3.5 miles

Seahouses

5
7.4 miles

Embleton

6
8.9 miles

Alnwick

7
4.6 miles

Alnmouth

8
5.4 miles

Warkworth

9
2.6 miles

Amble By the Sea

10
14.2 miles

Morpeth

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About the Heritage Coast Trail

Distance: 66 miles
Cites / Towns: 10
Number Of Businesses: 0

Explore the fantastic setting of the Northumberland coast – head south from Tweedmouth towards Beal before heading onto the coast to take in the views and stunning sight of Bamburgh Castle looking out towards Lindisfarne and Holy Island. Pass through the old fishing town of Seahouses on your journey to Embleton. Head inland to enjoy the delights of Alnwick – don’t forget to visit the castle, before heading back to Alnmouth and on to Warkworth. Enjoy the delights of Amble at the mouth of the River Coquet before completing your journey at Morpeth.

Coastal Marvels

The Northumberland Heritage Coast runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and rewards visitors to the region with some stunning vistas. Rocky cliffs and wide sandy beaches combine with the fresh air to make a visit to the Northumberland coast a memorable experience.

King of the Castle

The border county of Northumberland boasts a huge number of castles. From the enchanting Alnwick Castle, popular with Harry Potter enthusiasts, the stunning spectacle of Bamburgh Castle and the towering Warkworth Castle are amongst the gems on this trail.

Flowing Rivers

Northumberland is home to numerous rivers – the banks of the Tweed, Aln, Coquet and Wansbeck are populated with pretty villages and towns, home to many attractions and places to relax and enjoy some refreshments as the river glides by.