6 Northumberland Beaches For Dog Walking
Published: Tuesday 16th Jul 2019
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
If you are looking to take your dog to the coast this summer, then Northumberland has a good range of beaches to choose from. Summer is a great time of year to visit this beautiful county, as there is plenty to explore outdoors. So bring your pooch along and enjoy some of the following:
1. Alnmouth - Alnmouth beach is in a wide sandy bay at the mouth of the River Aln. You will be able to come and see this beach and then perhaps grab a coffee in the village of Alnmouth, a very pretty town to explore. This beach is hardly ever busy and is beautiful and sandy. It is also part of the Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
2. Beadnell Bay - Beadnell Bay is another wide, sandy beach in a horseshoe shaped bay. This sits south of the village of Beadnell and is the perfect beach to explore with a dog. To the rear of the beach are grassy sand dunes for the dogs to leap through. You can also visit the town while you are here; Beadnell is popular for holidaymakers because of the large caravan park behind the beach. It is also a good spot for swimming and watersports including surfing, sailing, and kitesurfing. It is part of the North Northumberland Heritage Coast and is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
3. Craster- What a great spot this is for dog owners to take their pooches for a great walk. Here you will find a small, sandy beach which lies within the harbour. There are rock and shingle beaches to either side. Visitors can park in the car park behind the Tourist Office. One popular walk is to head northwards to Dunstanburgh Castle. Entrance to these ruins is free to National Trust members.
4. Embleton Bay - Embleton Bay is great if you are after a long stretch of golden sand for your dogs to run down. The beach is overlooked by Dunstanburgh Castle so it is a great chance to also take some fantastic dramatic photographs! This section of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is unspoiled a the best beach in the UK 2017 in BBC’s Countryfile magazine.
5. Newton Haven - Newton Haven is a big sand and rock beach, again a part of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you will find a sheltered bay, ideal for swimming but also other water sports like surfing. The beach is backed by sand dunes - behind these you can also take a walk around Newton Pond, owned by the National Trust. The village of Low Newton is on the northern end of the beach where you will find a church and a pub that has been open since the 18th century.
6. The Links – This is the most exposed beach that you can find, so if you are after a bracing walk with the dog, this could offer just that! The island end of the beach is backed by sand dunes and cliffs of Snipe Point, so it is slightly more sheltered. If you have kids, why not get them exploring in the rock pools when the tide goes out.
Visiting any of these beaches is easy when you are staying with Grace Darling Holidays, in one of the fantastic, cosy, well equipped cottages on offer.