Summer breaks for couples in Northumberland

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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
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BamburghEngland's northernmost county is spectacular in the summer months, with dramatic sunsets, sun-dappled walking trails and stretches of beach. Northumberland also has a fascinating Roman history and Monastic heritage, memorialized now as grand fortresses and tidal settlements. Keen hikers can explore the Cheviot Hills before sampling traditional meade in a Lindisfarne tavern. Nature lovers will enjoy the Farne Islands, home to 23 different bird species and over 37,000 puffins! Northumberland's history comes alive at Bamburgh’s castle, situated on a rocky plateau overlooking the stunning coastline. Rent bicycles and explore Northumberland National Park, or the Pennine Cycleway. Alternatively, try kayaking, sailing or snorkelling with your partner off the coast of sandy Beadnell Bay, winner of a Blue Flag Award in 2005 for its rugged beauty. For golf-loving couples, the links courses in Berwick upon Tweed and Alnmouth can't be missed.

Reflect on the serene landscapes, dizzy heights, and majestic castle sites with your loved one, before retreating to one of our Northumberland holiday homes.


Top five destinations for romantic summer retreats in Northumberland


Craster Summer holidays in Craster

The small fishing village of Craster is home of the Craster Kipper, an area of superb restaurants with the village's picturesque harbour as a beautiful backdrop. Bird watch or leaf through seaside inspired artworks at the Mick Oxley Gallery. Cycle the shore-skimming route to Dunstanburgh Castle, and find an ideal picnic spot, or venture to the hidden cove of Rumbling Kern. At the Arnold Memorial Nature Reserve, watch for wrynecks and red-breasted flycatchers, and enjoy the park's stretches of unspoilt greenery.

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 Embleton Summer holidays in Embleton

Embleton is a quaint village and inspiring holiday retreat famed for its picturesque bay, glorious stretches of sandy beach, and untouched landscape. The village’s vast stretches of coastline have a number of walking routes. Spot seabirds and wildfowl, or take the Embleton Heritage Trail to retrace the region’s local history on one of six routes. For evenings out, dine at Grey's Inn or the Blue Bell Inn before planning an adrenaline-inspired itinerary with one of the local adventure centres.

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Newton-by-the-Sea Summer holidays in Newton-by-the-Sea

Visit Newton-by-the-Sea for spine-tingling scenery, marine wildlife and dazzling bays. Enjoy birdwatching at Newton Pool Bird Reserve, overlooking the serene freshwater lagoon Newton Pool. Circle the natural rock harbour and pristine beach at Newton Haven, or visit the beautiful 18th century fishing village at Low Newton Square. Sample local cusine in the hamlet’s historic pub, or experience awe-inspiring views at Newton Point's coastal lookout.

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Bamburgh and Seahouses Summer holidays in Bamburgh and Seahouses

Investigate Northumberland’s rich history by visiting the coastal village of Bamburgh, famed for its majestic castle and status as the former official seat of the Northumbrian Kings. The village’s outstanding beauty, tree-lined village grove and adjacent 12th century church encapsulate the area's unique charm and staggering heritage. From the quaint nearby village of Seahouses, tour the Farne Islands and Holy Island, or practise sea angling from the village’s harbour. 

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Lindisfarne and Belford Summer holidays in Lindisfarne and Belford

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne offers an unique insight into early Celtic development, and mustn't be missed by history lovers. Moreover, the island is arguably home to some of Britain's most dramatic coastline. Embrace the island's heritage and visit the Lindisfarne centre to learn about the religious significance of the region. Then wander to the peak of Lindisfarne Castle for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast, and explore the world-famous Lindisfarne Priory for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Holiday Rentals in Northumberland

GREY BARNS Alnmouth- 9 Bedroom - Ideal for Groups, Beach & Golf On The Doorstep

Nestled in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stunning sandy beach and a golf course on the doorstep and a charming village and good eateries just down the road, Grey Barns is the perfect coastal hideaway for famili...

BRUNTON BURN Embleton - A Stylish Hideaway with Stunning Beaches Nearby

A stylish, peaceful hideaway, Brunton Burn is the perfect retreat for couples just a few minute's drive or gentle two mile amble across fields to the beach. From the immaculate rear courtyard, steps from the front door lead to the light, bright a...

EARSDON HOUSE Belford - Just a Short Drive From the Stunning Beach at Bamburgh

Earsdon House is an attractive, period property centrally located in the charming village of Belford in North Northumberland. It is perfectly placed for exploring coast and country and sits just a ten minute drive from the stunning beaches of Bamb...

MILL RACE Embleton - A Chic Retreat on the Edge of the Northumberland Coast

A chic retreat with fabulous views and beautifully-presented accommodation ideal for families and couples, Mill Race is just a few minute's drive or a two mile stroll across fields to the beach. Inside, the newly-renovated accommodation is light,...

Rural Cottage Surrounded By Countryside, Near Newton By The Sea, Alnwick

Sleeps 6. 3 bedroom barn. Beautiful grade 2 listed stone barn conversion cottage which has been recently upgraded. Middle Barn is set in a quiet countryside location close to many stunning beaches, castles, the Northumberland National Park, golf c...
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