Coast and countryside

Places to visit

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A blast of sea air

 "A pointless walk along the coast / That's what floats my boat the most". We love this line from John Cooper Clarke's poem written for us about the coast.  From the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle to the shrieking seabird colonies of The Leas, we've got lots of amazing coastal walks right here in the North East

Seals and seabirds

Puffins with beaks full of sand eels, seals and their fluffy pups, rare butterflies and meadows of wildlflowers nodding in the salty breeze... We reckon our North East coastline is the best place in the UK for spotting wildlife. Get out there and remember to bring your camera.

A picnic with a view

One of our favourite British pastimes is finding a quiet spot on the beach to lay a blanket and grab a picnic - we don't even mind getting a bit of sand in our butties if the view is worth it. Pack a hamper - or just pop past a chippy - and pick a spot by the sea.

Thanks for helping us look after the coast

From keeping Souter Lighthouse shiny and clean, to taking care of 37,000 pairs of puffins on the Farne Islands. Our staff and volunteers have a varied job looking after the North East coastline. You can see just a few of the tasks we carry out in this short film.

Your support - visiting, staying in our holiday cottages or picking up goodies in our shops - helps us keep this incredible stretch of coastline special. Thanks - and keep up the good work!

Take a walk with us

We think we've got some of the best walking territory in the country up here in the North East. You don't even need to work up a sweat - check out our Easy Walks, a series of short walks on easy ground for all abilities

Dark skies

Northumberland's best for star gazing

It's official, Northumberland has some of the best dark skies in the world. The International Dark Skies Association has awarded a patch of Northumberland National Park gold for dark sky status.

Seeing stars

  • The car parks at Housesteads, Steel Rigg and Cawfields along Hadrian's Wall are fantastic places to pull up, jump out and take in the sky above.
  • Castle Field at Lindisfarne Castle, St Aidans's Dunes and the beach at Low Newton by the Sea are fantastic for coastal star gazing in Northumberland.