Bamburgh Castle in the distance of the newly voted best beach in Britain.
Bamburgh was chosen as the best coastal location by a Which? survey but it is just one area of the 40 mile-long Northumberland coastline with great areas to explore that boast a good day out. Northumberland has an array of locations that are perfect for relaxing days out or taking part in fun sports.
Bamburgh Castle, the Grace Darling Museum and the Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh can all be visited at the newly voted best coastal area in Britain. Thousands of people visit Bamburgh every year for a break away to see the sights.
Alnmouth is four miles away from Alnwick. It is known for having one of the earliest English golf courses, beach huts and villas. Travel on the X18 bus from Berwick via Alnwick and Amble to Newcastle or get the train to Alnwick station.
Beadnell is about 4 miles south-east of Bamburgh. It is a fabulous location for water sports such as surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving and it has the only west-facing harbour on the east coast.
Blyth has a large stretch of sand surrounded by 20 brightly coloured beach huts which are all available to rent. It is also home to Blyth Battery, a coastal defence artillery battery built to protect the port in 1916 which is now a local heritage museum.
While Warkworth is popular because of its medieval castle, its beach in Morpeth is filled with sand dunes and is only a short walk from the car park. It is the perfect location for walking, rock pooling or beach combing.
Amble is at the mouth of the River Coquet with Coquet Island visible from the beaches and harbour. Wildlife is in abundance and it is home to the UKs only puffin festival, based on the 36,000-bird colony that nests on the Island.
Spittal was said to be one of the best beaches in Northumberland but Bamburgh has taken its crown. Spitall derives from the word "hospital" after St Bartholomews hospital that took care of lepers. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses.
Newton-by-the-sea is great for sailing and windsurfing with clear views to Dunstanburgh Castle. It is also loved for bird watching with the National Trust owning most of the area. It is a quiet and relaxing area of Northumberland.
Druridge bay is 7 miles long and part of it is owned by the National Trust. It is popular for those who like to cycle, walk, paddle and surf. The country park is not too far from the beach and based on a lake and meadows which used to be an opencast coal mine.
Newbiggin-by-the-sea is in south east Northumberland and famous for its beach that was redeveloped in 2007. It used to be a coal mining town and is still a good area for fishing. The area showcases the longest promenade in Northumberland.