The Northumberland Coast is often referred to as the ‘best kept secret’ in England and a visit to this pretty location will confirm why this is so. Located in the North East of England and adjacent with the Scottish Borders and the North Sea, the 100 mile long Northumberland Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A holiday on the Northumberland Coast is a wonderful experience, with numerous places offering self catering accommodation as well as camping and caravan sites.
With such wonderful scenery many visitors like to try out the numerous trails here including the 64 mile long Northumberland Coast Path, which is part of the international North Sea Trail. There are some beautiful sandy beaches across the coastline including those at Tynemouth, Alnmouth and Embleton. Watersports are very popular in the area with opportunities for holidaymakers to try their hand at wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and kitesurfing amongst other things.
There are numerous golf courses on the Northumberland coast including links courses like Goswick, Warkworth, Dunstanburgh Castle and Newbiggin by the Sea, nestling just yards from the beautiful beaches. Other recreational activities include cycling, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and even hand gliding in Newbiggin by the Sea. Visitors on a self catering holiday may like to pop in to one of the beautiful villages and towns, where there are many interesting shops and markets, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and quaint pubs.
Hadrian’s Wall, which was built by the Romans and is 73 miles long, is well worth a visit while in the area. A short boat trip off the Northumberland coast takes visitors to the Farne Islands, Holy Island and Coquet Island, where visitors will see breeding sea birds gather in the summer and grey seals in late summer as well as other wildlife.
There are many historic buildings located in the region including Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle not to mention museums and galleries. The coastline stretches from Berwick upon Tweed in the north to Tynemouth in the south with many interesting towns in between.
The warmest time of the year to visit Northumberland is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 19 to 20 degrees centigrade. However, the driest weather tends to be during spring, while December to February is the wettest time of the year with an average of 35 days of rainfall in each of these months.
Newcastle Airport can be reached in less than an hour from most places in Northumberland and handles flights from the UK and a wide range of European destinations. Emirates Airlines now operates a daily service connecting North East England to the Middle East and beyond. A rail service links Newcastle to London Kings Cross via York and continues through to Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. There is also a ferry service taking passengers from Amsterdam to North Shields near Newcastle.