Review: Low Newton
Low Newton by the Sea - Northumberland's hidden treasure!
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Visitors to Northumberland are often drawn to its well known attractions such as Bamburgh, and Alnwick with their spectacular castles and the unique Alnwick Garden, but Northumberland has a hidden gem, – Low Newton by the sea, which is tucked away in a sheltered haven between the more well known pretty fishing villages of Seahouses and Craster
Newton by The Sea is divided into High Newton – a hamlet half a mile inland which has a traditional village pub – the Joiners Arms known for its good food and quality accommodation. Then half a mile away at the coast Low Newton which is almost entirely owned by the National Trust.
There is a car park (with some disabled car parking), half way between High Newton and Low Newton, located just off the main road leading to Low Newton village. In busy times some cars also tend to get parked on the roadside near the beach, but the best place to park is in this designated car park, from which there is a walk downhill (around five minutes walk) to Low Newton. The walk into the village provides spectacular views of the beach and the finger like Dunstanburgh Castle ruins on top of the cliff behind Newton Bay,
At the start of the walk into the village, opposite the car park is an unusual church – unusual because it is made of tin. It was built in 1870 and was originally a mission hall. Today, despite its very small size it functions as an operational church.
The centre of this small village consists of a row of 18th century cream-washed cottages which form a square around the village green leading to the sheltered bay and natural rock harbour. In the middle of the row of cottages is a historic pub/restaurant with a reputation for good seafood, and real ale (it has its own microbrewery) . What makes Low Newton special apart from its old world charm is the breath-taking views – Low Newton not only has a spectacular coastline but beautiful, rugged surrounding countryside. Then there is the abundance of wildlife , wild flowers, as well as opportunities for activities such as sailing, fishing golfing walking or simply enjoying the tranquillity..
We decided to stop first at The Ship Inn for a meal – The Ship Inn is open all day but stops serving lunches around 2.30pm and we managed to order just in time. It is worth mentioning that the Ship Inn only accepts cash (no plastic).
This 18th century, small pub oozes old world charm. I am told in the Winter it has an open fire, but it was a warm early October day,so, we decided to sit outside in the good sized eating area in the square. From our table we had direct views of the beach. Our Meal of Crab, with Salad was absolutely delicious – The Ship Inn get all their fish from local fisherman and it is known to serve the freshest of Lobster caught from Newton Bay – their fisherman walks up the beach with a bucket of fresh lobster to be used for dinner!
The beach at Low Newton is magnificent – wide, sweeping and sheltered, those who like rock pooling will love it.. The beach is popular amongst walkers, but the wide expanse of sand means there is plenty of room for everyone. We enjoyed a rather peaceful walk along the beach, the quiet only being interrupted by the calls of seals basking on the rocks and the sea birds overhead.
From Newton Point we enjoyed views of the Farne Islands. Then we took a five minute walk inland to view the diverse wildlife at Newton Pond Nature Reserve from a purpose built wildlife hide. There are two wildlife hides, which are easily accessible and they can accommodate wheelchairs.
For those wanting a walk a little more challenging there is a six mile circular walk which takes you along the seabird cliffs at Embleton, past Dunstanburgh Castle ruins and Dunstanburgh Golf Course, then on to the fishing village of Craster (famous for its Kippers). The pathways which are frequently surrounded by wild flowers are relatively flat and are either gravelled or grassed, although there is a walk uphill to the cliffs from the beach at Low Newton.
As darkness fell, the moonlight on the water created a beautiful view, then we looked up to see stars, stars and more stars!. Northumberland is known for its dark skies and star gazing opportunities. It was such a clear night and the sky sparkled with stars, a perfect end to a lovely day.
Road access to Low Newton is achieved by leaving the A1 and taking the coastal route. High Newton is also on the coastal bus route from towns such as Morpeth, Alnwick and Berwick.
Low Newton has two large cities within easy reach by road. The City of Newcastle upon Tyne is about an hour's drive south,, whilst to the north Edinburgh is reachable in around one and a half hour's..
Attractions close to Low Newton are the stately home and gardens – Howick Hall and Chillingham Castle – (thought to be haunted and also known for its stock of Highland Castle in the grounds).
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