Discover the Coastal AONB

Northumberland Coast
Northumberland’s coast is so breath-taking, dramatic and precious that it is safeguarded as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Endless beaches, quiet bays and drifting dunes sit along the stretch from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Amble.

40 miles of natural beauty

Internationally acclaimed for its distinctive character, striking beauty and outstanding wildlife, there is so much to see and do along Northumberland’s coastal AONB. Walk or cycle the Northumberland Coast Path, paddle past castles on SUP boards or kayaks, and spot puffins on boat and diving trips.

Take in awe-inspiring views from spectacular viewpoints at Craster and Druridge Bay. Pass dramatic stretches of coastline split open by the Great Whin Sill, where ancient black basalt rears from the land to meet the sea. Pass some of Northumberland’s finest jewels, like the castles of Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh which stand guard on the coastline, and wander behind sand dunes that drift gently in the breeze.

Enjoy a wildlife spotting trip at one of the AONB’s many protected wildlife and habitat sanctuaries; a boat trip to The Farne Islands will have you puffin and seal-spotting, and Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is rated as one of the best sites in Europe for waders and wildfowl.

Step out on a walk to take in the AONB’s sights and experiences on foot. Follow the coast’s contours by striking out along the Northumberland Coast Path. This twisting path is part of the North Sea Trail, a 64-mile continuous coastal walking route between Cresswell in the south and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north.

Mountain biking in purple heather
Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
Surf Northumberland
Outdoor adventures in Northumberland

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