Amble Away Days
Amble is a perfect base for a holiday in Northumberland – we are located on the Coastal Route and only 15 minutes drive from the A1 which gives excellent road links to Berwick and Edinburgh to the north and Newcastle, Durham and York to the south.
For the more adventurous or those seeking a car-free day out, Amble is also only 5 miles from the main East Coast mainline and is served by Virgin East Coast and X-Country trains as well as a local train service operated by Northern Trains, and 35 minutes from Newcastle International Airport.
This page aims to give a few ideas of places to visit grouped into approximate travelling times from Amble by car.
Amble (Warkworth) Harbour, breakwater, pier and Little Shore
Amble Markets (Saturdays and Sundays) Click here for more details
Northside Surf School (www.northside-surf-school.co.uk)
Coquet Shorebase (www.coquetshorebase.org.uk))
Dave Gray’s Puffin Cruises (www.puffincruises.co.uk)
Amble Links Beach Click here for more details
Amble is also a haven for Independent Shops!
Within 15 minutes drive
Warkworth – historic medieval village approx 2 miles north of Amble via A1068
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage Details here
River Walks along the River Coquet
Warkworth Beach Click here for details
Warkworth Show - held in August (www.warkworthshow.co.uk)
Druridge Bay Beach + Country Park - approx 2 miles south of Amble via A1068 (www.druridgebay.co.uk )
Hauxley Nature Reserve - approx 1 mile south of Amble via Hauxley Lane. Please note – NOW OPEN. Click here for more information
Alnmouth – small coastal village approx 4 miles north of Amble via A1068 + B1338
Alnmouth beach More details here
Alnmouth Friary Click here for more information
Alnmouth Village Golf Club - the oldest 9 hole links golf course in England.
Alnmouth Golf Club - 18 hole golf course located at Foxton Hall (just north of Alnmouth Village) See www.alnmouthgolfclub.com
Within 30 minutes drive
Alnwick – historic market town approx 8 miles north of Amble via A1068
Alnwick Castle - historic home of the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland and well known film and TV location
Alnwick Garden - beautiful formal gardens developed by Her Grace The Duchess of Northumberland. Includes Alnwick Treehouse Restaurant
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick
Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick (www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk)
House of Hardy Fishing Museum, Alnwick
The Old Cross Pub (aka The Dirty Bottles) in Alnwick
Howick Hall and Gardens – approx 10 miles north of Amble via A1068 + B1339
Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives (near Ashington) – approx 10 miles south of Amble via A1068 + A189
Newbiggin by the Sea Maritime Centre and The Couple Statue – approx 12 miles south of Amble via A1068, A189 + A197 (www.nmcentre.org.uk)
Blyth – coastal town/port approx 20 miles south of Amble via A1068, A189 + A193
Blyth Battery (www.blythbattery.org.uk)
Blyth beach - beautiful sandy beach south of the town with car parking nearby
Morpeth – market town, park, river walks and rowing boats approx 15 miles south of Amble accessed via A1068 + B1337 or viaB6345 + A1
Chantry Bagpipe Museum (www.morpethbagpipemuseum.org.uk)
Carlisle Park Click here for more details
Sufferagette Emily Davison’s Grave at St Mary the Virgin Church. Click here for more details
Morpeth Castle (now a B&B)
Northumberlandia – approx 16 miles south of Amble and accessed via A1 + Blagdon Lane (www.northumberlandia.com)
Within 45 minutes drive
Seahouses – fishing port approx 20 miles north of Amble via A1068 + B1340
Farne Islands trips – sailing from Seahouses
Beadnell – fishing village – small fishing village approx 18 miles north of Amble via A1068 + B1340
Bamburgh – small historic coastal village approx 30 miles north of Amble via A1 + B1342
Bamburgh Castle - stunning Grade I listed building, the Royal Seat of the Kings of Northumbria and the family home of the Armstrong family since 1894.
Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh Click here for more information
Grace Darling’s Grave, Bamburgh Click here for more details
Bamburgh Beach - golden sands with a backdrop of magnificent Bamburgh Castle. This beach will look familiar as it has featured in a number of feature films and TV series.
Belford Museum – located in a small market town approx 25 miles north of Amble accessed via A1068 + A1 (www.belfordhiddenhistory.co.uk)
Northumberland Cheese Farm, Nr Blagdon – approx miles south of Amble – accessed via A1, then follow signs to Blagdon, turn right just past Blagdon Hall Gates, turn right onto Green Lane just past Horton Grange + follow the signs to Make Me Rich Farm!
Kirkley Hall Zoo – a great family day out! Located approx 25 miles south west of Amble and accessed via Morpeth via B6524 - follow signs to Kirkley Hall Campus. (www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk))
Within 60 minutes drive
Berwick – historic Border town approx 35 miles north of Amble and accessed via A1
Berwick Barracks - built in the 18th century to the design of distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, Berwick Barracks one of the first in England to be purpose built.
Berwick Castle + Ramparts - The remains of a medieval castle from the Anglo-Scottish skirmishes together with impressive bastioned town defences (the most complete in England), which surround the whole town.. Mainly Elizabethan but updated in 17th + 18th centuries, the whole circuit can be walked.
L S Lowry Trail - Lowry was drawn to Berwick by its architecture and sea views. He stayed at the Castle Hotel near the station and produced more than 20 paintings and drawings of Berwick during his visits. The Trail follows his steps and shows some of Berwick’s hidden gems such as the Elizabethan Walls, the town, Tweedmouth and Spittal. The full trail takes approx 3 hours.
Berwick Bridges - There are three bridges spanning the River Tweed at berwick. Berwick Bridge, also known as the Old Bridge is a Grade I listed stone bridge built between 1611 and 1624. There is a new road bridge which is now the main road entrance to the town centre and there is the famous Royal Border Bridge which is a Grade I listed railway viaduct built between 1847 and 1850, when it was opened by Queen Victoria. These bridges can best be seen from
Meg’s Mount - said to have gained its name from a cannon called “Roaring Meg” is a demi-bastion on Berwick Ramparts, which means that it is shaped like half an arrow-head, and was built in the reign of Elizabeth I as part of her defence system for the town. Visitors climbing to the top of Meg’s Mount see views down the coast to Holy Island and Bamburgh, and along the Tweed Valley to the Southern Uplands of Scotland.
Chillingham Castle – medieval castle, approx 30 miles from Amble via A1068 to Alnwick + A6346
Chillingham Cattle – the famous wild white cattle, the only ones in the UK who now live on enclosed parkland on the Chillingham Estate (www.chillinghamwildcattle.com)
Kirkharle Courtyard – Birthplace of the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown, take a stroll around the serpentine lake which is the final piece of Brown’s designs to become a reality and follow the family trail. Take a gentle walk and explore the nearby Grade 1 listed St Wilfrid’s Church where Capability Brown was baptised. It’s the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth in 2016 so there is plenty to see and do at Kirkharle.
Hexham – historic market town approx 50 miles from Amble and accessed via A1 and A69
Hexham Abbey - located in the centre of the historic town of Hexham, faith has been celebrated for more than 1,340 years in this beautiful Abbey. You will feel inspired by the sense of heritage, worship and community in this beautiful place and all are welcome. (hexham-abbey.org.uk)
Market Square – Weekly markets held on Tuesday in this historic square located between the 15th Century Moot Hall and Hexham Abbey
Hexham Old Gaol – visit the oldest purpose-built prison in England. Take a trip into the dungeon and peer through the gloom and imagine confinement in the dark awaiting trial in the nearby Moot Hall. This and much more awaits you! (hexhamoldgaol.org.uk)
Hexham Racecourse – the only racecourse in Northumberland, Hexham hosts 15 meetings per year from Spring to Autumn. ( hexham-racecourse.co.uk )
More fantastic Away-Days to come so watch this space!