SUNDAY STROLL

Head for the Northumbrian coast this Sunday for a stroll through quaint villages, on the oceanfront and around castles. Elysia Agnew picks out five of the best weekend walks.
SUNDAY STROLL

Bamburgh Beachfront

Go here for a stunning seafront stroll or a browse through the beautifully quaint village. Stretch your legs on the sands then refuel with a tasty tea and a scone at The Copper Kettle Tea RoomsIf you fancy taking yourself on a little culture trail, roam the grounds of the Bamburgh Castle where you’ll see stunning sights of the Northumberland coast, you’ll here exclusive stories and hear all about the castle’s exhilarating history.


Dunstanburgh Castle

Park up near Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club in Embleton, cross the course and head for the beach. A 30 minute walk along the seafront will bring you to Low Newton-By-The-Sea, a beautiful little village part owned by the National Trust. The village has an open ended square of beautiful cream-washed cottages looking out onto the glorious sandy beach. In the centre of this square is The Ship Inn – a favourite for bar snacks, pub meals and craft ale from the pubs very own Microbrewery. Head back across the beach towards Embleton before the sun sets and take in stunning views of the coastline with Dunstanburgh Castle as a beautiful, silhouette backdrop.


Among the Alnmouth Sand Dunes

Alnmouth – where coast meets country. Alnmouth beach is as beautiful as it gets. Stroll along the the sand dunes, dip your toes in the water if you’re feeling brave or follow the mouth of the river as it bends around the village. You’ll find small boats and local fishermen working away as you go. Fancy a hearty pub meal post-walk? Head up into the village and check in at the super-friendly, The Red Lion. It’s dog friendly too – so you can pop in with your pooch. If you’d prefer food to go, pick up some takeaway fish and chips from The Hope & Anchor, or pick up a perfect pie at Grocers – a food-lovers hub in the centre of the village serving local produce, scones and more moreish nibbles.


Craster Coastline

Craster is a small fishing village – and a gem it is. With a small harbour, a rocky shore and views of the Dunstanburgh Castle ruins, the views are stunning and it’s a great place to stroll. Swing by The Jolly Fisherman Inn for their famous crab soup. It’s the home of delicious seafood and a perfect pit stop for food with a view. There’s a lovely ocean-front beer garden too if you fancy whiling away the afternoon with a beer in the sunshine. A trip to Craster isn’t complete without a visit to L. Robson & Sons, the world famous, traditional fish smokers – and the producers of the legendary ‘Craster Kippers’. A family business, smoking salmon and kippers for almost 100 years, it’s a must for taking a little bit of Northumberland away with you!


Northumberlandia

For something a little different, follow the track at Northumberlandia. It’s a great day out and a unique piece of public art set in a 19-hectare community park with four miles of footpaths on and around the landform. A cafe, a visitor centre and several walks make up the parkland, with the centrepiece being ‘The Lady of the North’ – a stunning human landform sculpture of a reclining lady, spanning a quarter of a mile. So if you love getting out in the great art doors – with an added bit of art for good measure – then round up the troops and head for Northumberlandia.


 

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