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Northumberland's sweeping coastline is known for its vast, unspoilt beaches and dramatic landscapes

Coast & Castles

For the best of both - coast and castles, try Bamburgh or Embleton Bay. Bamburgh is among the most popular beaches in the area with its wide expanse of sand and imposing castle sitting above the dunes. Embleton Bay is another popular destination, where you can walk from the tiny little village of Low Newton up to the ruins of Dunstanburgh castle and on to Craster. This route is often cited as a favourite short walk.

Sand & Solitude

For a sense of coastal wilderness, especially in the quieter months, head to Holy Island's north shore where you'll find huge stretches of unspoilt sand. Ross Back Sands is another remote location, accessible with a 1 mile walk which deters the crowds (and attracts naturists!). Travel north towards Berwick for Cheswick sands, one of the biggest beaches in the area, great for walking.