For the purposes of this website we have included everything to the east of the A1 north as "coast". The
physical distance from the A1 to the beaches can be quite small but sometimes the roads are small, winding and not
condusive to being rushed!
Our favourite places?
Alnmouth. A lovely small bay with the village and pubs within
easy walking distance. Parking by the golf course is right next to the beach and only £1.50. Very close to Alnwick
and the A1 north so easy access.
Craster. Picture perfect small port with the occasional fishing
boat. The coast around here is quite rocky and windswept but you have the lovely walk along the coast to
Bamburgh and especially the beach itself. Parking alongside the coastal road is free but we
usually pay the £2 charge and park in the golf course car park ( just past the Armstrong cottages on the southern
edge of Bamburgh). The beach is so large that you rarely feel crowded here. There are also great views out to the
Farne Islands.Bamburgh is pleasant to stroll around but does get very busy and parking can be a nightmare unless
you use the castle car park and walk in.