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The best places to visit on the Northumberland Coast | Amelia's Adventures

Written by Amelia Moy on

A lot of the Northumbrian Coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so it is part of the county I was desperate to see as much of as possible. As some of you will know, I am spending 6 months with Northumbria Byways, but I normally reside in Norfolk.

For my adventures up and down the Northumberland coast on Sunday, I brought along my friend Kathryn.

We began our Northumbrian coastal tour in Alnmouth. My only experience of the village so far had been the train station, but I hadn’t yet made it to Alnmouth beach or centre. We were not disappointed as it was also the weekend of the annual Alnmouth Food Fair. The Alnmouth food fair had an array of local produce from every corner of Northumberland. I did practice some self-restraint and only bought a sausage roll from a local bakery and some homemade marmalade for my Grandma. 

Continuing our way along the coastal route our next stop was Craster. This traditional fishing village is famous for being the home of the Craster kipper, and although I do love food, I couldn’t bring myself to savour this particular Northumbrian delicacy. We did however enjoy a pleasant coastal walk towards the imposing Dunstanburgh Castle. It’s not taken me long to discover that Northumberland is riddled with castles. This 14th century monument dominated the skyline and is well worth a visit for the scenery alone.

We then headed northwards towards Seahouses, our designated lunch stop. We couldn’t visit the seaside without consuming some Northumbrian Fish and Chips and the offering from Neptune’s was delicious. If you’re ever in the area I’d recommend a visit. Seahouses is also known as the gateway to the Farne Islands and I’m already planning that adventure. Another top tip when visiting Seahouses - The butterscotch flavour burst ice cream at Coxon’s tastes just like the butter beer ice cream from the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Our final stop of the day was Bamburgh and another castle ticked off the list. We continued through the village along to the dunes to get a closer look at “The King of Castles” and although we didn’t get a chance to look inside I’m excited to visit again in the near future. 

If you’re planning a holiday to Northumberland, anywhere along the Northumbrian Coast is a great place to start. 

I can’t wait for more friends and family to visit and experience the beautiful county of Northumberland with me.

Until next time, Amelia

Amelia Moy

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