There’s absolutely one thing you must do from your bed and breakfasts near the A69, and that’s visit some of the truly wonderful beaches to be found along the Northumberland coast.
If you’re keen to enjoy a really traditional family day out with the kids and their buckets and spades, then make your way to Low Newton, Spittal, Bamburgh or Alnmouth. Spittal boasts a beautiful sandy beach, Victorian promenade and a pavilion so has a lovely traditional feel, while Bamburgh is home to Bamburgh Castle that’s also worth an explore.
Alnmouth, meanwhile, is a popular choice for holidaymakers and has some superb sandy beaches, as well as two golf courses – perfect if you love teeing off from time to time. And Low Newton is a great choice if you like adventure sports, since it’s a good spot for windsurfing and sailing.
For other watersports, make your way to Beadnell Bay, as well as Budle Bay, Druridge Bay and Embleton Bay. These are great places to go for windsurfing and kite surfing, but be aware that the beaches can be a bit crowded from time to time.
For a bit of peace and quiet, meanwhile, head to Ross Sands (which is quite a walk so if you’re not feeling energetic perhaps give it a miss), Budle Point and Goswick. Even in the middle of summer, these beaches are lovely and tranquil.
There’s also prime opportunity for some bird-watching while you’re in this part of the world and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty organisation has just published a new bird-watching guide to point you in the right direction. Enjoy!