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The Northumberland Coastline really is one of the treasures of this country. Sweeping beaches, dramatic seas and glorious views are just some of the reasons that led to the area being designated one of Outstanding Natural Beauty way back in 1958. Here at Sykes we feel that it is only fitting that the region gets the credit that it deserves, so we’ve decided to list some of the best things to do in the area, and with a wide selection of cosy cottages on the Northumberland coast what more could you ask for?
A trip to Lindisfarne, or Holy Island as it’s also known, should be high on the agenda for any visitor to the North East coastline, mainly thanks to the picturesque castle and the presence of one of the most important religious sites in the country. Lindisfarne Priory is known throughout the world as the site of a notorious Viking raid back in 793 and also as the place of origin of the beautiful Lindisfarne gospels. However if history isn’t your thing there are plenty of other attractions on Holy Island with an abundance of local wildlife and numerous cafes and shops. Having said this a stop off at the Barn at Beal just over the causeway from the island comes highly recommended with a wide variety of home-baked cakes and treats, stunning panoramas from Goswick sands to Lindisfarne itself and all the way down to the magnificent Bamburgh castle, not to mention a children’s play park and a gift shop to keep every member of the family occupied.
If you’re looking to take a trip slightly inland, then Alnwick is the place to go. This lovely market town is full of things to do and sights to see. You can lose yourself in the magic of Alnwick Castle, one of the locations for the shooting of the Harry Potter films, or while away an afternoon in the beautiful castle gardens. There is also Barter Books, one of Europe’s largest second hand book shops. Opened in the town’s old railway station, this charming shop is the perfect place spot to enjoy a good book with your feet up in front of a roaring fire.
It may sound like the obvious option, but there is so much choice in this part of the world that it suddenly becomes a lot more complicated. The Northumberland Coast path runs all the way from Creswell up to Berwick-upon-Tweed offering some of the best coastal walks in England. However the stretch running between Craster and Newton-by-the-Sea is one of the more popular, and with views like above it comes as no surprise. The walk lets you take in the stunning vistas, including the glorious backdrop of Dunstanburgh Castle, and what’s more at the end you can enjoy a home-brewed pint and some locally produced Kippers at the Ship Inn. So what’s keeping you? Book your perfect Northumberland holiday with Sykes Cottages today!