Farne Islands - bird
and seal watching
Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses to see large
colonies of seabirds (puffins, terns, razorbills, shags, guillemots, cormorants
etc.) and grey seals.
Seahouses is a small fishing village just two miles north of Beadnell. It has
a picturesque harbour with a Lifeboat station. There are many restaurants and
pubs and the fish and chips are the best you'll ever taste! The kids will love
the crazy golf and the amusements and there is also horse riding nearby.
Beadnell is an excellent base for some spectacular
coastal walking. There are a large number of walks, both easy and not so easy,
close to Edgewater. We have a number of books and videos containing details of
local walks that you are free to use and borrow when you stay.
Some famous links golf courses line the coast
North and South of Beadnell. Seahouses (pictured) is a scenic course with
rivers, estuaries and the notorious 'par 3' 10th, Logan's Loch. The 15th 'The
Cove' was nominated in 2005 one of the most difficult par 3's in the world.
Bamburgh has the dramatic backdrop of the castle and sweeping sands, while
Dunstanburgh and Alnmouth (the fourth oldest course in England) also host
memorable 18-hole courses.
And don't forget the crazy golf at
Seahouses! Watch out for the tricky 3rd hole - Farne Islands - which can ruin
your round if you miss your first shot!
Holy Island or Lindisfarne is world famous for its castle, priory and meade.
It is reached via a tidal causeway. In the 7th century it was one of the great
seats of Christian learning in Western Europe and was where the beautiful Lindisfarne Gospels were written. Adjacent to the ruins of the Benedictine
Priory, destroyed by Henry VIII, is a Visitor Centre commemorating the life of
the monks. The stones from the Priory were used to build the unforgettable
As well as its many historic attractions, Holy Island is situated at the heart
of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.
Holy Island is the end point of the popular St Cuthbert's Way long distance
footpath which begins in Melrose in the Scottish borders.
Alnwick Castle (see above) - famously painted by Canaletto and Turner and the
setting for two Harry Potter films, Elizabeth, Robin Hood
Prince of Thieves, Ivanhoe, Beckett and others. Alnwick Gardens
has Europe's biggest Tree House, a spectacular grand cascade water feature and
wonderful gardens. Barter books is a massive second hand book store in a
converted railway station. Alnwick also has lots of interesting little shops,
pubs, restaurants, a market and look out for the dirty bottles (right) in the "Cross
Keys" pub. [Over 200 years ago, the owner of the pub suffered a heart attack as
he changed the display of bottles in the window and cursed the bottles as he
died. A few years later, the bottles were moved again only for the same fate to
befall the person concerned. They have remained there ever since, untouched and
covered in dust and cobwebs!]
Beadnell Bay is a superb location for wind surfing and kite surfing.
Predominantly westerly winds, generally flat seas and the spacious and adjacent
car park make it an excellent venue for enthusiasts.
Anglers can often be seen fishing off Beadnell and Sehouses harbour and there are sea fishing launches from
both. For the real (reel)
enthusiast, the Hardy fishing tackle museum in Alnwick presents a history
of rods and fishing tackle from the world's finest manufacturer of these
The clarity of the water is renowned in this area and some of the best diving
in the UK is off the Northumberland coast. Beadnell in particular is a favourite
for local and national divers and only 1.5 miles off the coastline is the SS
Somali - a merchant ship bombed off Blyth in 1941 which then blew up and sank
near Beadnell - which is regularly visited by local diving clubs. The fabulously
named Nacker Hole, Lady's Hole and Football Hole are also dived regularly.
The village is very fortunate in having two very good local pubs within walking distance of Edgewater. Both the
Craster Arms and Beadnell Towers sell a good range of beers and have attractive
lunch and evening menus. The Craster Arms has "good honest pub grub" and is
great for kids while Beadnell Towers is a reputable restaurant with a cordon
The nearby village is famous for its kippers with the smokehouses of L.Robson
& Sons curing herring since 1856.