Some Balamory-style pastel-painted terraces line estuary paths and have a real old-fashioned appeal. Fair to say that Seasalt and Boden-wearing types are to be seen popping in and out at the height of summer. A real mix of properties – some quaint cottages, some grand Edwardian and Victorian family homes and some modern blocks that make you wonder at planning laws. Prices reflect the fact that this is a bit of a honeypot – or should that be lobster-pot kind of town.
The bit that makes all the difference. Right on the East Coast main line. A commute to Edinburgh or Newcastle is a one-hour reality. The A1 not that far away either. Otherwise, the ‘big city’ – Alnwick around three miles away.
- You’re not going to get too excited about the shopping opportunities unless you’re fond of craft and galleries. This is a place with the emphasis on visitors with some time to wander and mooch.
- The Alnmouth Grocer is local produce heaven. A 3-metre deli counter offers local cheeses, Northumbrian Organic Meat, pates, locally-baked sweet and savoury pies, cakes and puddings as well as Craster Kippers. In the Ice Cream Parlour, “Famous for all kinds of wickedness” you will find an extensive range of local flavours from Doddington Dairy and Beckleberry’s.
- Galleries and gift shops are plentiful. In summer the Alnmouth Arts Festival is a real draw as the only Art Trail in Northumberland where you can walk easily to every venue to see local artists and craftspeople exhibiting their work.
- But you do come for the walking. Brilliant beach walks that really promise to blow away the cobwebs. Really remote and dune-y, the skies and sea offer an ever-changing and never-repeated view. It is a place of big weather, big views and the opportunity for solitude or social walking.
- Walk to the cross at the site of the original Saxon church of Alnmouth, built on this hill around 680. The hill was cut off from its village in 1806, by which time the church was already falling into disrepair.
- If you like to do your walking with a tee in sight, two golf courses are available in Alnmouth; the original golf course, which had 18 holes, was formed in 1869. The course was designed and created by famous golf professional Mungo Park, making it the second oldest course in England. At a later date it was split into two courses, Alnmouth Village Golf Club, a nine-hole course adjacent to the beach and Alnmouth Golf Club, a challenging 18-hole course with panoramic views, located at nearby Foxton Hall. This links course has one hill and an outstanding view from the 7th hole.
EAT AND DRINK >>
- Locals speak highly of the Red Lion, The place to try out steak and local ale pie, Northumberland estate venison sausage or a hearty Northumbrian beef sirloin steak. An outside seating area with great views too.
- Plenty of stop-offs for afternoon tea and a scone and a little further afield, Blackmore’s and the Tree House in Alnwick or the very popular Ship at Low Newton with great seafood and home-brews.
- Craster is just a few miles away with the must-try Robson smokery for arguably the best kippers in the North, sweet-juicy and flavour-packed.
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