Living Local: Beadnell, Northumberland

The village of Beadnell is the perfect place from which to explore endless miles of unspoiled beaches, enjoy breathtaking views, settle down in cosy pubs and try new activities, as Claudia Robinson discovers...
Beadnell, Northumberland

Beadnell Bay is the most beautiful place; its sweeping crescent-shaped beach is ideal for building sandcastles, running into the sea with the dogs, beach games and watersports.

On a warm, sunny day you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on a beach in the Mediterranean, or even further afield, because the sand is so incredibly golden and the sea a perfect blue.

The village’s harbour, the only west-facing one on the east coast of England, lies at the north end of the bay, backed by enormous sand dunes. While the original village is small, Beadnell has a huge number of holiday cottages, mobile homes and a couple of pubs with rooms and is one of the region’s most popular destinations for visitors to the coast.

With Craster and Newton to the south and Seahouses and Bamburgh to the north, as well as the Farne Islands a short boat trip away, Beadnell has a lot to offer for a place so tiny.

 

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Bamburgh Castle

Just a few miles up the coast road from Beadnell is Bamburgh. Here you’ll not only find a few nice pubs, shops and another stunning beach, but also, towering over all of this is the stunning Bamburgh Castle.

It has stood guard above the spectacular Northumberland coastline for over 1,400 years. Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau, Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

Open daily from 10am to 4pm you can explore the beautiful grounds and staterooms of this special place, set 150 feet above magnificent Bamburgh Beach.

Visit the real Last Kingdom of Bebbanburg and discover battles, rebellions and secrets stretching back thousands of years.

Admission is £14.10 for adults, £6.95 for children, with a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) costing £37.10.

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Watersports

Surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, waterskiing, kitesurfing. Whatever watersport you’re a fan of, or want to try,
you can do it in Beadnell. Active 4 Seasons is a good place to start.

Why not try a made-to-measure kayaking adventure on either the sea or some of the pretty local rivers. They offer guided trips for those with previous experience, as well as coaching for anyone looking to develop their skills so they can safely enjoy the North Sea and its special offshore islands and amazing wildlife.

The wide, long beach at Beadnell is popular with surfers and bodyboarders due to its decent swell to ride, the bay sometimes offering waves of up to 15 feet. There are also many local diving and snorkelling clubs and a large number of popular dive sites nearby, including the Somali, a ship that was bombed in 1941.

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Boat trips

There are plenty of choices when it comes to taking a boat trip. Head a couple of miles up the coast to to the fishing village of Seahouses and jump on one of Billy Shiel’s vessels.

You can visit Holy Island, where you’ll have time to explore the Priory Museum and Lindisfarne Castle, and may spot dolphins, porpoises and grey seals while at sea.

There are also trips especially for those keen to spend time watching the seals or perhaps you’d prefer a sunset cruise. There are even diving trips and fast blasts on their high speed Ocean Explorer available for those looking for a bit more action.

Prices start from £20 per adult and £15 per child.

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Walking

Beadnell is a hugely popular base for walkers and ramblers due to its many miles of perfect walking routes along the beautiful
coastline.

You won’t be disappointed with a walk along the beach to Low Newton where you can stop off for a refuel at the outstanding Joiner’s Arms pub (more on that later) before setting off to take in more breathtaking views on your return journey.

 

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The Craster Arms

This popular pub with rooms in the heart of Beadnell’s old village dates back to the 15th Century and is believed to have been a public house since 1818.

It boasts a large beer garden with fabulous private pods and the main pub is enormous with plenty of cosy corners to hunker down in, and open fires to relax beside, after a full day of exploring the Northumberland coastline.

Dog-friendly, like pretty much everywhere around here, the Craster Arms is a perfect place to while away the hours, indulging in a few cheeky drinks and some spectacular food.

There’s plenty of choice, and make sure you walk into this welcoming establishment as hungry as possible because the portions are enormous. You have been warned! With Wagyu burgers, giant fish and chips, steaks, the most amazing fishcakes and vegan options too, this pub is well worth a visit.

Beadnell, Northumberland

crasterarms.co.uk

 

Salt Water Café

For somewhere so small, the heart of Beadnell is full to bursting with eateries. And just across the road from the Craster Arms, and round the corner from Beadnell Towers is the Salt Water Café.

It’s only small so you’d be well advised to book but it’s the perfect spot to sample the region’s renowned Craster kippers for breakfast, whilst its ‘Northumbrian Full’ is something to behold.

For lunch, there’s an array of delicious sandwiches and tempting cakes to fill up on, then in the evening, everything becomes even more refined.

With a menu featuring delicious dishes such as Lindisfarne Oysters, Thai seafood curry and seared loin of venison, you’re in for a treat here.

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saltwatercafe.co.uk

 

The Joiners Arms

This really is the perfect pit-stop for any weary, wind-battered walkers in need of sustenance! The five star village pub and inn, located in the heart of Newton-by-the-sea, is about an hour’s walk along the coast from Beadnell (or a 10 minute drive).

Whether a quiet drink, warm cosy meal, or gathering with friends and family is on your agenda, this is a special pub that makes you feel at home as soon as you walk through the door.

With dishes including crab and prawn cocktail, seafood crumble, steak burger and Kyoto noodle salad, there’s plenty of choice here, while their Sunday lunch is to die for.

Beadnell, Northumberland

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Beadnell Towers

Just across the road from the Craster Arms is the Beadnell Towers Hotel boasting luxury, individually designed bedrooms, many of which are dog-friendly. Non-residents of the hotel are welcome to dine here.

Relax in the Hotspur Bar for a couple of pre-dinner drinks before heading into the Towers Kitchen and Lounge where you can indulge in some serious fine dining.

Their food is cooked using the best of local ingredients so the menu changes regularly.

Guests can sit back and enjoy watching their meals being prepared in the open kitchen with dishes including chicken kiev, steaks and plenty of seafood such as halibut, mussels and hake. Perfect for fish fanatics!

Beadnell, Northumberland

beadnelltowers.co.uk


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