Northumberland Coast

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Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Bamburgh Castle on the Northumberland Coast
Country England
County Northumberland
Location North-east England
Plants Burnet rose, monkeyflower
Animals Bar-tailed godwit, Chillingham cattle, dunlin, grey seal, merlin, pale-bellied brent goose, pintail, puffin, teal, wigeon, yellow-browed warbler
Founded 1958
Map of England and Wales with a green area representing the location of the Northumberland Coast AONB
Location of the Northumberland Coast AONB in the UK

The Northumberland Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering 40 miles of coastline from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to the River Coquet estuary in the Northeast of England. Features include: Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Beadnell, Budle Bay, Cocklawburn Beach, Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle, the Farne Islands, Lindisfarne and Seahouses. It lies within the natural region of the North Northumberland Coastal Plain.


The coastal area is situated to the east of the A1 road. It is sparsely populated and includes sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged cliffs and isolated islands. It includes two National Nature Reserves. Fortresses and peel towers along the coast are evidence of past conflicts between the English and Scots in this border area. Coal fields are nearby and 'sea coal' is washed up on the beaches.

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Coordinates: 55°35′18″N 1°39′51″W / 55.58833°N 1.66417°W / 55.58833; -1.66417