Hidden Gems: Warkworth, Northumberland
With Cornwall and the South Coast packed with tourists on staycations, Northumberland has a beautiful coastline which is a relaxing alternative for a summer holiday. Whilst there are lots of lovely villages to choose from, a picturesque favourite is Warkworth.
The ancient village, whilst small in size, hosts a medieval castle at one end of the road, a church at the other and also a hermitage cut into the river’s rockface accessible only by boat.
The village is beautifully well kept with pretty greens and streams, local pubs and art galleries. It’s a short walk to the beach which has golden sands as far as the eye can see.
The surrounding villages and towns also have lots to offer. Amble Harbour has lovely shops, a fantastic fishmonger and delicious ice cream parlour. Alnwick Castle with its stunning gardens, castle and treehouse restaurant is a 20 minute drive. Should you also be keen to explore the north further, there is a direct train to Edinburgh from Alnmouth which only takes an hour.