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The Sea

The Sea

The Northumberland coast is one of the county’s treasures; wonderful deserted stretches of golden sand overlooked by dramatic castles.

Bamburgh Castle and Budle Bay
A favourite place in Northumberland is the walk from Bamburgh Castle to Budle Bay at sunset. It's at its most peaceful at that time of day, with an ever-changing seascape. Watch the spray on the rocks and feel the sand between your toes!

Helen Handyside

Holy Island, Lindisfarne
Once the tide has drawn in to Holy Island the beach-side walks become spectacular, looking down upon blue-white waves crashing upon tumbling shingle. Away from the crowds the island has a gentle stillness, a quality so often overlooked in the melee of the town.

Karen Burn

Farne Islands
A trip to the Farne islands is an exciting day out for all the family. Seals, puffins and over 23 species of sea birds can be seen on the islands. The boats sail from Seahouses each day during the summer. My husband and I sailed with Billy Sheil’s (01665 720308 www.farne-islands.com) on our honeymoon.

Margaret Tumilty

I love the sea and feel very fortunate to live close to the Coast. I find Warkworth beach so enthralling and exciting as it is different every day according to the weather. The calm day with no wind and the sea that laps gently onto the beach - so peaceful and tranquil. There are so many different moods - a windy day when the waves are crashing onto the sand - a gentle breeze with the yachts gleaming in the sunshine. Every day the clouds in the sky are quite poetic - the sand dunes look so grand and give the beautiful long beach such character and dignity. There are friendly people who walk their dogs, the sound of galloping horses and the happy scenes of children making sand castles. Such diversity - what more could one ask for? It is easy to reach the Warkworth Beach and the "Topsy Turvey" Restaurant provides an excellent meal and drink.

Elisabeth Goodrich, housewife

One of my favourite places in Northumberland is Low-Newton-by-the-Sea. The beach here is really beautiful, especially in the winter when the sea is really wild and rough. "The Ship" is a really welcoming pub; open all year round and serving gorgeous food. I have special memories of my friend's 18th birthday party here, where we had a meal and danced under the stars at midnight!

Clare Skelton, aged 16

Druridge Bay
Druridge Bay is great: it is on the coast, north of Cresswell. You can walk along the beach or swim in the sea. An old war shelter in the dunes is a brilliant place to play. It can be enjoyed in any weather; it's great when it's sunny, obviously! We went there once when there was a thunderstorm at sea - I dug a hole in the sand and sheltered under an umbrella. We have a photograph of this.

Nina Sanderson, 14 years