Home > The Area > Embleton Bay

Embleton Bay

Embleton Bay, a hidden jewel along the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, captivates visitors with its unspoiled charm. Stretching along the coast, this pristine golden sand beach is adorned by the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. In 2017, it earned the prestigious title of the best beach in the UK by BBC’s Countryfile Magazine readers.

As you stroll along Embleton Bay, you'll encounter a wealth of wildlife and vibrant flora. The low dunes, known as Newton Links, provide a natural backdrop with species such as bloody cranesbill, eye bright, bedstraw, potentilla, spring squill, wild thyme, and wild vetch. The nearby cliffs serve as breeding grounds for seabirds like fulmars, kittiwakes, eider ducks, and shags, creating a symphony of nature.

At the northern end of Embleton Bay lies the picturesque village of Low Newton, a tranquil retreat accessible through a charming country lane. Here, time seems to stand still, offering a church, quaint shops, an 18th-century pub, and holiday cottages. Dunstanburgh Castle, standing proudly in the south, provides a stunning backdrop to the sandy expanse. Capture the perfect shot, and don't forget your camera!

Nestled just a mile from the Northumberland coast, Embleton Village is the gateway to the spectacular Bay. The 12th-century Norman Church and records dating back to the War of the Roses reflect the village's rich history. With easy access to the bay, the village offers places to stay, dine, and immerse yourself in the region's charm. The Blue Bell Inn and Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel are welcoming options for those seeking a comfortable retreat.

Embleton's main allure is its stunning beach, described by the Good Beach Guide as a sheltered bay with rock pools and rocky outcrops. At low tide, the wide beach unveils rock pools, perfect for family exploration. Embleton Bay is praised for its cleanliness, tranquility, and safety, making it an ideal destination for walking and beach activities.

The Embleton Heritage Trails Project, funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund, offers six trails exploring the local history and scenic landscapes. These trails showcase the rich heritage of Embleton and its surroundings, combining coastal views with glimpses of the countryside and Cheviot Hills. For adventure seekers, Northside Surf School provides beach surf lessons, offering an exhilarating experience along the Northumberland Coast.

Golf enthusiasts can tee off at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club, an 18-hole links course designed by James Braid. Overlooking the bay, this traditional course caters to golfers of all levels. With breathtaking views, it promises an unforgettable golfing experience. Other nearby courses, including Seahouses Golf Club and Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, add to the region's golfing allure.

Embleton Bay beckons watersports enthusiasts with excellent conditions for windsurfing and surfing. The bay's good breaks make it a popular spot for surfers, while kitesurfing and yachting add to the maritime vibrancy. Boards and Bikes, a local rental company, provides equipment for watersports and cycling, delivering adventure to your doorstep.

The area around Embleton Bay and Low Newton is a haven for birdwatching. The beach, backed by vast sand dunes and Newton Pond, hosts the Newton Pool Bird Reserve. Seabirds, shorebirds, and wildfowl thrive in this wildlife sanctuary. Nature enthusiasts can observe these feathered residents from purpose-built hides, gaining a deeper appreciation for the region's biodiversity.

Embleton Village offers Moodys Village Shop, a charming spot that featured prominently in the TV series Distant Shores. For a broader shopping experience, a short journey to Alnwick provides access to supermarkets like Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Iceland, Lidl, and Co-op. Alnwick also boasts independent butchers, bakers, and shops showcasing high-quality local produce.

Embleton Village boasts a 12th-century Norman Church and the Creighton Memorial Hall, a well-maintained venue available for hire. The Hall, named after Mandell Creighton, former vicar of Embleton, offers excellent amenities for various events. Embleton's rich history and community spirit add a unique dimension to this coastal retreat.

Embleton Bay and its surrounding village offer a multifaceted coastal experience. From the pristine beauty of the beach and the historical allure of Embleton Village to outdoor adventures and wildlife encounters, this Northumberland gem invites visitors to explore, unwind, and connect with the captivating landscapes and communities along its shores.

You may also like...

Sugar Sands

One of Northumberland’s secret beaches, Sugar Sands is actually a series of hidden coves and bays. Excellent for rock pool adventures!



the-haven-popDue to a cancellation
The Haven
is now available on the following dates:
Saturday June 25th for 7 nights
Please get in touch if you’re interested in booking