We all like to be beside the seaside and Northumberland has a coastline to envy with a maritime heritage to match. Such is the importance of the landscape and the flora and fauna that a large part of the coast is designated as Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Start: Newbiggin- by- the -Sea
End: Newbiggin- by- the -Sea
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea to Blyth Battery 20 mins
Blyth Battery to Seaton Sluice 12 mins
Seaton Sluice to Seaton Delaval Hall 10 mins
Seaton Delaval Hall to 20 mins
Here’s why: Newbiggin Maritime Centre - a new and exciting attraction. See the Mary Joicey lifeboat, discover the significance of the ‘gansey’ and learn of this communities’ long and fascinating relationship with the sea. Explore the Sea Shore Shop then relax in ‘The Point’ café while enjoyinggood food and spectacular views of the bay.
Depart: Newbiggin – by – the - Sea
Here’s how: A189(s) – join A193 – follow signs for Blyth town centre – B1329(s) – Blyth Battery
Here’s why: A World War I coastal defence artillery battery which also saw service during World War II. There surely has to be an explanation why some Battery buildings are painted pink whilst others are painted grey! Ask one of the knowledgeable site volunteers.
Depart: Blyth Battery
Here’s how: B1329(s) - rejoin A193(s) – Seaton Sluice
Arrive: Seaton Sluice
Here’s why: If a harbour looks like it is silting up and therefore in danger of becoming less commercially successful, what is the solution? Construct a sluice which scours away any accumulation of silt and in the process provide your village with a new name. Site interpretation boards reveal more of the story.
Depart: Seaton Sluice
Here’s how: A190(w) – Seaton Delaval Hall Arrive: Seaton Delaval Hall
Here’s why: In 1719 the English Baroque architect Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) designed this “party palace” for the “wild and wonderful Delaval family”. Both house and family were larger than life – learn all about it at the National Trust’s newest Northumberland acquisition.
Depart: Seaton Delaval Hall
Here’s how: A190– Seaton Delaval village – A192(n) – join A189(n)-Newbiggin by the Sea
Newbiggin by the Sea – the Town Heritage Trail can be combined with the Newbiggin by the Sea Art Trail to discover more than 40 pieces of public art, the most famous being “Couple” by sculptor SeanHenry. Pick up a leaflet from the Maritime Centre or download one from www.keapcreative.org.uk
Did you know…
The Northumberland Coast Path forms part of the international North Sea Trail
Nearest Tourist Information Centre:
Morpeth +44 (0) 1670 535 200
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors with a museum, a café and a shop.
Seaton Delaval Hall comprising a centre block between 2 arcaded and pedimented wings, the east wing contains fine stables and there are gardens with statues.