The Northumberland coast is rightly famous . There are miles and miles of sandy beaches , several castles and of course the famous Farne Islands, home to countless puffins and grey seals at certain times of the year. Choose a calm day , look on line for times for boat trips, and away you go .
Our favourite spot is Low Newton – a village built on three sides of a central square – and the 4th side is the North Sea crashing towards you over a rocky spit on which seals call as the sun sets. And most agreeably , this gem of a place has a good pub that serves locally sourced food . Another fine place is Alnmouth, which has good walks , pubs and a golf course right on the shore .
There’s a long distance coastal path, and for much of its length it hugs the shore. Memorable walks along it can happen every week of the year.
Also near the coast are Warkworth with its magnificent castle and good tea rooms, and Chillingham,where the rarest cattle in the world -just over 100 in number- have grazed the same emparked fields for over 800 years without ever cross breeding , and they are now considered a subspecies in their own right. Chillingham church is worth a quick look too ; it bristles with monuments , as is the castle, if you are lucky enough to find it open.