Venturing outdoors and discovering the beauty surrounding us on our doorsteps has been something we’ve all enjoyed in recent months.
The North East is home to some of the most incredible places, and for me, this quaint little spot sandwiched between Embleton and Seahouses is a hidden gem I’ve fallen in love with over the past year.
Low Newton-by-the-Sea is considered by many to be one of the most attractive spots on the Northumberland Coast and although I may be a little biased, I have to agree.
If you’re looking to stretch your legs, admire gorgeous views and tuck into some seriously delicious comfort food, then a trip here should be on your summer agenda. Think beautiful cream-washed cottages, quaint little pubs and a beach bursting with natural beauty.
STRETCH THOSE LEGS >>
Dust off those fitness watches and get ready to knock your step goal out of the park.
The walk from Low Newton to Craster comes complete with stunning views and plenty of photo opportunities. Scenery aside, depending on how far your feet take you, the walk is an average of 6-8km.
Arguably, the beach here is one of the most beautiful locations in Northumberland. Not only is the aesthetic appealing to the eye, but in a time where we need to keep our distance, the area is so vast that even if the car park is full, the chances of feeling crowded is slim to none.
Starting in Low Newton, make your way along the pooch-friendly beach and head for Dunstanburgh Castle – you’ll see it on the horizon immediately.
Whether you’re geared up in your walking boots or taking the time to feel the sand between your toes, the route allows for ample opportunity to take in the lush landscape of the golden sands, mesmerising waves and rocky outcrops.
Once you’ve reached Dunstanburgh Castle, the village of Craster is approximately a mile further south along the coast. There, you can mooch around the village, take a pit stop at one of the local pubs or cafes and indulge in some much-needed refreshments before heading back.
Exercise, food and pretty views, there’s simply no better way to spend a weekend by the sea.
WHERE TO VISIT >>
Whether you’re building sandcastles with your little ones, taking your four-legged companion on an adventure, seeking out some local culture or looking to score yourself a hole in one, you’ll find something that guarantees smiles for all.
Culture seekers should check out Dunstanburgh Castle – an iconic castle ruin, once one of the largest and grandest fortifications in northern England – standing magnificently on a remote headlined in Northumberland.
Dunstanburgh Castle can be reached via a beautiful 1.3 mile walk along the coast from the nearby village of Craster. The site is steeped in history and is an ideal trip for those who are keen to learn about the local area.
Discover the inhabitants of the many rock pools, enjoy the incredible walks surrounding the castle or watch out for the beautiful wildlife as birds soar above the shore.
If you’re a National Trust member, then entry to Dunstanburgh Castle is free with a valid membership card.
Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course
Golf enthusiasts are in for a treat. A walk from Low Newton, across Embleton Bay and over the sand dunes will bring you to the impeccable greens of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course.
Sitting in the shadow of Dunstanburgh Castle, the course wraps around the magnificent Embleton Bay boasting spectacular views from every angle.
Designed by Open Championship winner and renowned course architect, James Braid, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course offers an 18-hole layout, gorgeous greens, picturesque views and plenty of tests and challenges for all golfers courtesy of the testing sea winds.
Low Newton-by-the-Sea and Embleton Bay
Ocean air and sandy strolls, there’s nothing quite like a day at the coast. Popular for water sports, avid walkers and bird watching, this gorgeous beach welcomes visitors all year round.
Surfing is a popular motive for those who attend here. With the right weather conditions, the bay provides an excellent brake for surfers.
Another popular reason many visit the area is for its spectacular wildlife. The area around Low Newton is well-known for its excellent bird watching opportunities. Set up camp on the beach or head up behind the sand dunes and get ready to witness the incredible wildlife, from seabirds, shorebirds and wildfowl, there’s much to be seen.
Finally, many flock to this idyllic location to spend the day with their loved ones, playing in the sand and tiring those legs.
SOMEWHERE TO STAY >>
For being such a small place the Villages of Low Newton and High Newton have a variety of places for you to lay your head. From self-catering cottages to gorgeous hotels, there’s plenty of places to cosy up for an evening or two including the gorgeous Newton Hall.
Located in one of the UK’s most beautiful places, Newton Hall is nestled in the heart of Northumberland, approximately a three-minute drive from Low Newton.
The spectacular location of this charming venue offers guests the best of both worlds – tranquil countryside and breath-taking coastal views.
The accommodation is individually designed to put the luxe into a luxury hotel, with irresistible charms including four-poster beds and private roof terraces, this stunning hall is kitted out for those who like to sleep in luxury.
Think gorgeous boutique bedrooms, seriously sophisticated suites – whatever it is you’re looking for, it’s guaranteed you’ll find it here.
WHERE TO EAT >>
The Ship Inn
When the mood for comfort food strikes, head for The Ship Inn. This cosy, whitewashed country pub has everything you need after a day at the coast.
The independent business is renowned in the area for its local and fresh produce. The team here pride themselves on cooking fresh, simple food to an extremely high standard and boy do they do it well.
Using only local ingredients, their menu is small and changes regularly, but one thing remains the same and that’s the incredible taste.
With a variety of vegetarian options, home-cooked dishes and the freshest seafood straight from Newton Bay, you’re in for a treat. Think fresh sandwiches and crisp salads on summer days, swallow fish smoked haddock in the evening and warm hearty soups after a long winter’s walk.
The Jolly Fisherman
For tasty dishes that are fresh, local and seasonal, pay The Jolly Fisherman a visit. Think stunning sea views, delicious home cooking and perfectly poured pints.
Go here for a traditional pub experience steeped in character and charm – expect low beamed ceilings, charming decor and comfortable seating.
Browse the menu and discover a wide selection of fresh catches including their famous crab soup, rib-eye steak, confiT of duck and much more. The best part? They carefully source the best produce from local suppliers.
Enjoy the perks of this country pub in their spectacular beer garden or head inside this May when the time allows. Dogs are welcome in the bar and outside area, but unfortunately not within the restaurant.
WHERE TO SHOP >>
Situated in a remote part of Northumberland’s coast, Low Newton is a short journey away from any local shops. There is a village shop in Embleton to the South and in Beadnell to the North, both of which are a couple of miles away.
In Craster, there is a small village shop, but the nearest large supermarket or shopping amenities are located in Alnwick which is approximately 10 miles away.