The villages of Beadnell and Seahouses are a little over 2 miles apart, lying on the popular North Northumberland Coast and forming part of the important Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village of Beadnell is steeped in history, once a thriving fishing village in its own right, the tiny harbour (the only west facing harbour on the East coast of England), was also an integral landing point for the thriving herring fleets and lime industries of the early 20th Century and before. Now a busy holiday village, with many converted and purpose built cottages and apartments it is probably best known not only for its picturesque harbour but its magnificent stretch of beach which forms Beadnell Bay. Popular with resident and visiting watersports enthusiasts in particular, those who participate in diving, sailing, kite surfing and beach lovers in general will enjoy the wide expanses of unspoilt golden sand. The glorious bay forms part of the Northumberland Coastal path, stretching northwards past the magnificant Bamburgh Castle and southwards through small coastal villages, down to the busy marina at Amble and beyond, and provides a wonderful environment year round for a brisk walk in winter to a leisurely stroll in the sunshine of summer or a marathon challenge if you feel like a 20+ mile tromp.
Follow the purpose built cycle path, or walk along the sandy beach north and you'll come to
Seahouses a busy fishing port, with boats now predominently landing lobster, crab and shellfish for local outlets and restaurants. The harbour is also the “gateway to the Farne Islands” with a fleet of smaller craft offering services to tourists wishing to visit to see the abundant bird and wildlife on the islands, in addition to one of the largest colonies of grey seals in the UK. A number of these operators also provide facilities for specialist trips for divers and those interested in photography or sea angling.
The 28 islands comprising the Farne Islands are, visable at low tide and offer a Summer breeding home to over 30,000 pairs of puffins in the breeding season April-end of July, and many other varieties of birds can be seen during this time - guillimots, razorbills, terns, eider duck and oystercatcher to name but a few. Then of course there are the lesser known sightings of Harbour Porpoise, Bottle Nose Dolphins and Minke Whale, a number of the boatmen will take guests on excursions with the aim of making a sighting of one of these elusive creatures.
As a small commercial centre, Seahouses offers a Co-op, butcher, baker, newsagency and a number of good eateries, pubs and hotels with public bars. The Bunker provides indoor play facilities for children under parental supervision, and crazy golf. The Ocean Club offers a members only gym and pool and you will find a number of cottages on this site which offer guests temporary membership to enable use of these facilities, daily charges apply. The other facilities at the Ocean, like their bistro, and health and beauty treatments are available to all, although booking is essential for the popular health & beauty treatments.
The area generally ....
....offers a wide variety of things to do - steeped in history, visit one of its many castles, large houses, gardens and museums. Visit Holy Island with its deep seated religious heritage, the Priory, Lindisfarne Castle and Gertrude Jekyll inspired garden.
For the golfing enthusiast its paradise - over 12 Links and Parkland courses are easily accessible when staying in the area. Seahouses and Bamburgh themselves have good 18 hole courses, a little further south are Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course and 4 at Alnmouth and Alnwick.