Ross Back Sands is a glorious expanse of unspoilt beach, generally deserted because access to it is on foot rather than by car.
To get to the beach, park your car at Ross Farm and then follow the road on foot past the farm buildings and cottages, follow the path through the fields, and then finally across the dunes to the beach. The walk from Ross Farm to the beach is approximately 1.5 miles.
You can then walk for miles along the beach, with cracking views of Lindisfarne to the north, and Bamburgh Castle to the south. If you get as far as the point to the north, you’ll get an excellent view across the water to Lindisfarne Castle, and may also get a closer look at the many seals that regularly haul out on the deserted sands.
It’s worth bearing in mind that dogs should be kept under control on the beach, as it’s a common nesting site for sea birds, and also popular with seals, although generally the beach is so vast that there is plenty of room to give the wildlife a wide berth. Dogs also need to be kept under control on the walk to the beach itself, as the path crosses through fields of grazing cattle.
Finding Ross Farm can be tricky so check a map before you leave. Basically head north from Budle and keep right. You’ll see a very subtle sign pointing you in the direction of Ross Farm.
Great for dogs because they can run, and run, and run on the vast expanse of beautiful sandy beach. They’ll also enjoy the walk to the beach, although they need to keep on a lead through the fields so they don’t bother the cattle. Watch out for seals and nesting sea birds so that your dog doesn’t disturb them, but generally the beach is deserted so they can drain every last ounce of energy running around and paddling in the sea.
5.8 miles from
Old Salt Cottage