Alnmouth is a picturesque coastal village on the Northumberland coastline. For a small village it has a lot to offer, a great range of cafes, restaurants and pubs, a 9 hole links course, children’s playground, and a harbour, as well as a beautiful golden beach. There are many coastal and inland walks that can start from the area and which are all perfect for dog walkers with the many dog friendly beaches.
Beyond Alnmouth are a number of lovely villages and towns, each offering something different.
To the north, the villages of Craster and Embleton are a great base of coastal walks. If visiting Craster, be sure to pick up some famous Craster Kippers on your visit, or sample some in one of the local cafes. There is a stunning coastal walk from Craster to the ruins of Dunstanburgh castle.
Further north still, and you reach Bamburgh and Lindisfarne. Bamburgh Castle is one of the most famous and largest castles in Northumberland. The views of the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne from the beach are stunning and great fun can be had running down the sand dunes. Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, feels like a mystical island, with the monastery ruins and castle to explore. We recommend finishing a visit to Lindisfarne and Bamburgh with fish and chips at the port of Seahouses, especially appreciated on a chilly Northumbrian day!
Warkworth, a few miles south, is dominated by the imposing Warkworth castle. There are pleasant walks around the area, particularly along the river. Be sure to see the hermit’s cave in summer months, which includes a chapel carved out of bedrock on the shores of the river Coquet. This remote cave is only accessible by boat, courtesy of English Heritage who will row you across.
Amble, to the south, is home to a number of excellent sea food restaurants. This town has a great reputation for excellent seafood, and is now home to a Lobster hatchery and fish market. Be sure to visit Spurrellis, a great ice cream parlour with a wide range of tempting ice creams, cakes, and hot drinks.
Inland, Alnwick is a popular market town and is home to Alnwick Castle and the beautiful Alnwick Garden. Harry Potter fans will be familiar with the area, as Alnwick Castle was used as a filming location for Hogwarts. Also worth a visit is Barter Books, a railway station converted into one of the largest second hand bookshops in Britain and home of the original “Keep calm and carry on” poster. Warm fires and delicious cakes are available here and in many of Alnwick’s cafes and restauranrs.