Elsewhere on the Northumberland Coast

Ranger tents on the beach at the Long Nanny, Northumberland Coast

As well as the key sites of Lindisfarne Castle, the Farne Islands and Embleton and Newton Links, the National Trust looks after some other historic, important and just plain beautiful bits of the Northumberland Coast.

North of Seahouses, where you get boats from to the Farne Islands, are St Aidan's Dunes. Arguably misnamed, this stretch of coast is actually made up of beach, dunes and paddocks. The sandy bay leads to the Dunes, which are covered in wildflowers in spring and summer, and then on to herb-rich grassland that is grazed by Exmoor ponies.

Where the Long Nanny burn meets the north end of Beadnell Bay is the Long Nanny shorebird site.  A nationally important breeding site, Long Nanny is taken over by thousands of birds in the three month breeding season from May. National Trust rangers camp out to protect the little terns, Arctic terns and ringed plovers from high tides and animal predators.

Also at Beadnell Bay are the Grade II listed Lime Kilns. Originally built at the end of the eighteenth century to burn limestone for use as fertiliser, they fell into disuse before the mid-nineteenth century and are today used to store lobster pots.

South of Alnmouth are Buston Links. Even by the standards of the Northumberland Coast, where you can often have beaches all to yourself, this is a peaceful sandy stretch with dunes rich in wildlife.