Beadnell and the Surrounding Area
The harbour in Beadnell is over 200 years old. It was built to enable lime and coal to be exported. Now just a few fishing boats operate, catching lobsters, crabs, salmon and sea trout. The area has been inhabited continuously since the Bronze Age and on the headland there are the remains of St Ebba's chapel. Can you find evidence of these inhabitants?
Beadnell's main industry is now tourism. The shop at the end of Harbour Road is a Post Office, newsagent and off licence. There is a small cafe, with Internet access, in the village. St Ebba's Anglican Church is in Beadnell and in Seahouses there is a Catholic Church and a Methodist Chapel. The two pubs both serve bar meals and welcome children. There is also a fish and chip shop on Harbour Road.
At the back of our houses there is one of the longest sandy bays in Northumberland. It is safe for bathing and excellent for children to build sandcastles and play on the extensive dunes. In front of the houses the beach is rocky and is ideal for fishing and exploring the rock pools.
From the harbour you can see the ruins of
. This is most usually reached on foot from Craster (famous for the oak smoked kippers). Another interesting walk is from Embleton golf course along the coast to Dunstanburgh.
Seahouses with its greater selection of shops, eating places and amusement arcades is only two miles north of Beadnell. Boat trips to the
bird and wildlife sanctuary operate from Seahouses Harbour. These trips are often a highlight of the holiday. Try to take in The Fisherman's Kitchen at
, which offers a wide selection of locally caught shellfish, fresh fish, smoked salmon and kippers.
Further North is Bamburgh with its imposing castle, which is open to visitors. The long beach is another favourite for walkers and children. Holy Island (Lindisfarne) is approximately 20 miles up the coast and Berwick 25 miles away.
Further inland is Alnwick with its castle, made even more famous by its appearance in Harry Potter. Beyond Alnwick is Rothbury and the Cragside Estate, which is owned by the National Trust. This makes an enjoyable day out with both the house and grounds to explore. For walkers there are some excellent places to discover in the Simonside Hills around Rothbury and the Cheviot Hills above Wooler.
The latest attraction is the
situated in the grounds of Alnwick Castle. This is open every day until dusk and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the places to visit in the area. www.alnwickgarden.com