Coast and countryside
Places to visit
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"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
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.
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.
- 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.