Northumberland is renowned for its magnificent coastline with its abundance of pristine sandy beaches, secluded bays and pretty fishing villages that stretch for some forty miles between Berwick in the north and Amble in the south. This area has rightly been designated `An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.

Bamburgh is perhaps the most famous beach along this stretch of coastline with the imposing castle dominating the skyline. Nominated as one of Britain's favourite beaches in a recent ITV program the wide expanse of sands provide the ideal environment for a family day out at the beach or an evening stroll with your dog. In fact along this coastline dogs are permitted on all beaches except Newbiggin-by-the-sea.

A great selection of beaches can also be found at Beadnell, Alnmouth, Embleton and Cheswick all with an abundance of wildlife. The coastline is home to thousands of waders, ducks and geese and of course many of the visitors to this area take boat trips to visit the nearby Farne Islands to see the grey seals which breed there in the winter.

For those interested in the local history the beaches offer a wealth of culture and history. Holy Island Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle are all perched on the sea front. Interesting shops, markets and restaurants also adorn the seafront and with fantastic public transport around the area you can leave your car at your cottage for the majority of your holiday if you wish.

Back on the water you can enjoy a whole host of activities including sailing, windsurfing and sea canoeing. And of course you shouldn't forget the Northumberland Coastal Path which stretches for 64 miles along some of the most scenic parts of the UK or the St Oswald's Way which starts at Holy Island.

To see our great selection of coastal properties within easy reach of these fantastic beaches, just click on `Cottages suitable beaches' and start planning your seaside holiday.

Cocklawburn Beach
Cocklawburn Beach

Close to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Cocklawburn beach is a great location for coastal walks. The beach is sandy and the rocky areas are perfect for rock pooling.

Budle Bay

Budle Bay is part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and is home to a large number of interesting waders and wintering wildfowl

Sugar Sands
Sugar Sands

This is a small beach between the villages of Boulmer and Howick and is easily reached by foot from Loughoughton.

Goswick Sands
Goswick Sands

Yet another huge expanse of sandy beach this beach connects with Lindisfarne along a two mile walk way along Holy Island Causeway

Embleton and Newton Links

The breathtaking stretch of silver sands at Embleton are surrounded by wildlife - rich dunes and rocky shores.

Spittal
Spittal

Spittal is a small seaside resort close to the popular town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The beach is a great area for walkers who want to explore the towering cliffs that overlook the North Sea.

Amble Beach

Amble is a picturesque seaside port at the mouth of the River Coquet. The award winning marina on the site of the former staithes has transformed it into a busy harbour town with lots of things to explore.

Sandhaven Beach

Situated in South Shields, this lovely sandy beach is perfect for families with its sand dunes and Blue Flag Status.

Beadnell Beach
Beadnell Beach

This small but attractive beach consists of a golden, sandy bay overlooked by sand dunes and a small fishing harbour. Winner of the Rural Seaside Award it hosts a wide variety of watersports such as windsurfing and kayaking.

Bamburgh

The mile long litter free shoreline of Bamburgh beach is overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle and has views out to Lindisfarne.

Ross Back Sands
Ross Back Sands

This remote three mile beach between Holy Island and Budle Bay enjoys stunning views of two castles, Bamburgh Castle to the south and Lindisfarne to the north. The surrounding dunes are a haven for birds (access can be restricted)

Seahouses Beach

A brazing three mile walk from Bamburgh is the long expanse of Seahouses beach.

Alnmouth Beach
Alnmouth Beach

This fine beach close to the town centre has a coastal path heading north and south with plenty of opportunities to spot birds along the way. Dogs are welcome and there are a number of cafes and shops nearby.

Warkworth Beach
Warkworth Beach

Warkworth Beach is a twenty minute walk from the fortified village of Warkworth. It spans to the north of the River Coquet and has sand dunes overlooking the golden sands.

Cheswick Sands
Cheswick Sands

Here you will find a vast sandy beach commanding extensive views in every direction. Once a big army base there are still warning notices of unexploded bombs!

Druridge Bay

Druridge Bay is a seven mile coastal bay stretching from the popular seaside port of Amble in the north to Cresswell in the south.