Bamburgh beach

This vast beach is the perfect place to go for a walk after a visit to the village of Bamburgh. The beach sweeps past the dramatic ramparts of Bamburgh Castle, one of the most iconic castles in the UK, and also affords views to the Farne Islands to the east.

The beach can be accessed via a short walk across the sand dunes from the car park at Bamburgh Castle itself, or from a smaller (and quieter) car park on the road towards Seahouses.

As well as dog walkers and sandcastle-builders, this beach is also popular with surfers and horse riders, so can be an excellent place to sit for a while and watch the world go by.

From the beach, you can walk north around the headland past Bamburgh Castle Golf Course and on to Budle Bay.

If you wish to stretch the legs a little further you can head south and follow the Northumberland Coast Path to Seahouses (approx 3 miles). Local buses connect Bamburgh and Seahouses, if you don’t fancy the return walk.

Great for dogs because of the vast expanse of beach, all completely dog-friendly. Whether they love chasing a ball or paddling in the sea, dogs will love to explore Bamburgh beach. Sand dunes separate the beach from the road, so once on the sand dogs are well away from any traffic. There are also plenty of dog-friendly places to eat in Bamburgh, so it’s easy to spend the whole day with your dog.

Great for kids because they’ll love running in the dunes, playing in the soft golden sand, munching a picnic on the beach and paddling in the sea. The beach is also great for swimming if the weather’s warm enough, but it’s worth remembering that there’s no lifeguard cover. A trip to the beach can be combined with a visit to Bamburgh Castle to explore the castle’s grand rooms, rich history and ghost stories.

2.6 miles from
Old Salt Cottage

Looking towards Bamburgh Castle on a stormy day

Looking towards Bamburgh Castle on a stormy day

The dunes as the water nears high tide

The dunes as the water nears high tide

Looking towards the Farne Islands

Looking towards the Farne Islands

The walk through the dunes to the beach

The walk through the dunes to the beach

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